Grade Level Reading Expectations - First Grade

Making Meaning at Text Level

  • Retells, recalls, or recounts some details of text
  • Phrasing and expression in oral reading shows awareness of meaning
  • Recounts 3 or 4 steps of a procedural text or items of information
  • Retells or recounts stories and sequences of 3 or 4 incidents accurately; retells sequence of an activity
  • Identifies consequences of actions in a text
  • Beginning to read beyond text and make inferences
  • Identifies some features or traits of characters from illustrations and text
  • Make accurate predictions at instructional level and can explain confirming strategy
  • Attends to all parts of text in working toward accuracy

Making Meaning at Word Level

  • Uses initial, final, and medial sounds to identify as well as confirm text
  • Associates sound with letter clusters as well as individual letters when sounding out words in reading and writing
  • Uses _s, -ed, -ing, -er, and _est endings
  • Identifies alliteration, rhyme, and repeated or alternating patterns
  • Increases sight vocabulary, especially of "basic" vocabulary
  • Studies detailed illustrations, especially in puzzles and nonfiction materials

Making Meaning Using Context

  • Locates information by page
  • Reads, though may not always use, table of contents and glossary
  • Reads and follows simple directions
  • Uses pictures to confirm and not just predict text
  • Uses appropriate directionality when reading diagrams, story maps, charts, stories, poems
  • Reads on, as well as reruns, to regain meaning

Reading Attitudes and Behaviors

  • Initiates own reading and rereads to gain pace
  • Shares favorite reading materials and encourages others to read them
  • Explores a variety of books and text features
(Information, task, career)
Text Features
New to
Grade Level
  • Narrative - traditional
  • Rhyme and Poetry - personal
  • Question and answer
  • Cover information
  • Title page
  • Table of contents
  • Glossary
  • Diagrams
  • Maps (3D, maze)

Previously Introduced

  • Narrative - realistic, fantasy
  • Recount
  • Songs
  • Letters (personal)
  • Diaries
  • Rhyme and Poetry - counting, number, playground
  • Nonfiction texts should include science, social studies, math, the arts, health, and fitness
  • Procedural
  • Exposition
  • Recount
  • Reports
  • Labels
  • Captions
  • Story maps
  • Charts