Progress Report Information: Grade 1

Information for Parents and Guardians

Grade 1 Information for Parents and Guardians

The information below helps you understand how the curriculum your child is learning aligns to the progress report standards. The items listed under each standard outline the content students learn over the course of the year. Not all standards will be taught each quarter. Content not taught in a particular classroom or school (e.g., band, strings, World Languages) will be marked as “nt” (not taught) on the progress report.


Listens and speaks for specific purposes

  • Participates in group activities and creative dramatics
  • Shares experiences and retells stories
  • Listens to others and takes turns during conversations
  • Asks and responds to questions
  • Learns and uses new vocabulary
  • Gives and follows two-step oral directions
  • Identifies sounds in words

Locates and uses information from a variety of sources

  • Understands that many reference materials are organized in alphabetical order and uses knowledge of alphabetical order
  • Uses picture dictionaries to find meanings of unfamiliar words

Reads with accuracy and fluency

  • Identifies letters, words, sentences, and ending punctuation
  • Uses sound-letter relationships and word patterns to read words
  • Reads commonly used sight words
  • Reads and rereads familiar stories and passages with fluency, accuracy, and expression

Reads with understanding

  • Sets a purpose for reading
  • Uses titles and pictures to preview a selection
  • Uses text clues to determine the meaning of unknown words
  • Notices and discuss new and interesting words
  • Rereads and selfcorrects
  • Makes and confirms predictions, asks and answers questions, and connects reading to own experiences
  • Retells stories accurately by identifying characters, settings, and important events from the beginning, middle, and end of stories
  • Identifies the main idea
  • Identifies text features in fiction and nonfiction books
  • Uses available technology

Writes with purpose, clarity, and expression

  • Generates ideas for writing
  • Focuses on one topic
  • Uses descriptive words
  • Revises by adding information
  • Uses available technology

Edits for usage and mechanics in own writing

  • Forms letters accurately
  • Spaces words within sentences
  • Begins each sentence with a capital letter
  • Uses punctuation at the end of sentences
  • Uses correct spelling for commonly used words
  • Uses knowledge of letter sounds to write unknown words
  • Uses complete sentences in final copies
  • Uses available technology


Explains how the people and events of the past have influenced the present

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Virginia history by describing important events including the settlement of Virginia at Jamestown, famous Virginians who helped form a new nation (George Washington and Thomas Jefferson) and life in Virginia today (food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and recreation)
  • Describe stories of influential people in the history of Virginia and their contributions to our Commonwealth with emphasis on Powhatan, Pocahontas, Christopher Newport, Maggie L. Walker, and Arthur R. Ashe, Jr.
  • Describe the lives of people associated with major holidays (George Washington Day, Independence Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • Uses timelines to recognize that past, present, and future times are different

Reads maps and understands the impact of geography on culture

  • Defines the terms: map, globe, symbol, legend, and cardinal directions (North, East, South, and West)
  • Recognizes basic map symbols for land, water, cities, and roads
  • Identifies the shapes of the U.S. and Virginia on maps and globes
  • Locates capitals, Washington D.C., and Richmond on a map
  • Practices social studies skills related to constructing simple maps
  • Develop a geographic understanding that the location of Virginia determines its climate and results in four distinct seasons; and the landforms of Virginia affect the places people live

Recognizes the structure of government and the relationship among rules, laws, and becoming a good citizen

  • Focuses on and practices good citizenship, playing fairly, helping and respecting others, and self-control
  • Works hard in school and takes responsibility for own actions
  • Values honesty and truthfulness in oneself and others
  • Recognizes the purposes of rules and reasons for voting
  • Recognize symbols and traditional practices that honor and foster patriotism in the United States by demonstrating respect for the American flag by learning about the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Recognize symbols and traditional practices that honor and foster patriotism in the Commonwealth of Virginia by identifying: the Virginia flag, state capitol building, and state flower
  • Describe why people have symbols and traditions
  • Understand that the people of Virginia have state and local government officials who are elected by voters
  • Understand that people of Virginia make contributions to their communities
  • Understand that people of Virginia include those who have diverse ethnic origins, customs, and traditions

Understands economic concepts and the impact of economics on culture

  • Explain the difference between goods and services and describe how people are consumers and producers
  • Explain that people make choices because they cannot have everything they want
  • Recognize that people save money for the future to purchase goods and services
  • Understands and practices skills related to choices people make and spending and saving money for the future


Represents numbers accurately and understands number relationships

  • Counts from 0 to 100 and writes the corresponding number
  • Groups objects into tens and ones and writes corresponding number
  • Counts forward by ones, twos, fives and tens to 100 and backward from 30
  • Identifies and represents fractions for halves, thirds, and fourths

Computes numbers with fluency/makes reasonable estimates

  • Selects a reasonable magnitude from three given quantities and explains the choice
  • Recalls addition facts to 18 and corresponding subtraction facts
  • Creates and solves story and picture problems using basic facts

Measures with accuracy and estimates measurements

  • Identifies number of pennies equal to a nickel, dime, and quarter
  • Determines value of a collection of coins 100 cents or less
  • Tells time to the halfhour using analog and digital clocks
  • Uses nonstandard units to measure length, weight/mass, and volume
  • Compares volumes of two given containers
  • Compares weight/mass of two objects using a balance scale
  • Uses calendar language appropriately

Analyzes characteristics and properties of geometric figures and demonstrates an understanding of spatial relationships

  • Identifies, traces, describes, and sorts geometric shapes
  • Models and describes geometric shapes in the environment

Uses data to describe, interpret, and predict events

  • Investigates, identifies, and describes various forms of data collection
  • Interprets information displayed in a picture or object graph

Represents situations and mathematical relationships with algebraic symbols

  • Sorts and classifies concrete objects according to one or more attributes
  • Recognizes, describes, extends, and creates a wide variety of patterns


Investigates and demonstrates understanding of the natural world in a systematic way like a scientist and applies these skills and knowledge to solve problems

  • Uses senses to observe differences in physical properties
  • Uses simple tools to enhance observations
  • Makes repeated observations from multiple positions
  • Classifies and arranges objects or events according to characteristics
  • Communicates observations and data orally and in writing
  • Measures length, mass, volume, and temperature using standard and nonstandard units
  • Bases predictions on patterns of observations
  • Conducts simple experiments to answer questions
  • Records, analyzes, and communicates observations and data
  • Makes inferences and draws conclusions about familiar objects and events

Demonstrates understanding of the concepts of physical science including matter, force, motion, and energy
Investigates and understands the following:

  • objects that have straight, circular, back and forth motions
  • objects that may vibrate and produce sound
  • pushes or pulls which change the movement of an object
  • some solids and liquids dissolve when mixed with water

Demonstrates understanding of the concepts of life science including life processes and living systems
Investigates and understands the following:

  • plants needs: food, air, water, light and a place to grow
  • plant parts and characteristics: seeds, roots, stems,
  • life needs of animals: air, food, water, shelter, and space
  • physical characteristics of animals

Demonstrates understanding of  Earth’s patterns, cycles, changes, and Earth/Space Systems
Investigates and understands the following:

  • the sun as the source of energy and light for Earth
  • the sun’s relative position in the morning and afternoon
  • effect of temperature on plants and animals
  • relationship between daily and seasonal changes
  • changes in temperature can be recorded over time
  • natural resources
  • factors that affect air and water quality
  • recycling, reusing and reducing consumption of natural resources


Acquires, interprets, and understands health concepts

  • Identifies major body structures and describes how body systems work together
  • Identify behaviors that promote health and wellness
  • Describe behaviors that promote personal safety
  • Identify medicines as helpful or harmful
  • Describe positive and negative emotions
  • Identify cooperative behaviors
  • Identify items that can be reduced, recycled, or reused

Identifies valid and accurate health information, products, and services to make healthy decisions

  • Describe the importance of having a healthy heart, brain, and lungs, and identify behavior that keep them healthy
  • Identify and practice good posture and hygiene
  • Identify fun physical activities
  • Explain how healthy and unhealthy decisions affects the body
  • Identify ways to stay safe
  • Identify ways to affect behaviors and friendships
  • Explain the benefits of reduce, recycle, and reuse

Demonstrates appropriate health practices and behaviors to promote a safe and healthy community

  • Identify safety rules at home, at school, and in the community
  • Identify emergency and preventive procedures
  • Identify who keeps people safe and how to report dangerous situation
  • Identify appropriate ways to express feelings
  • Demonstrate cooperation and responsible behaviors
  • Create strategies to keep the environment healthy


Engages in the creative process to develop artworks and express meaning

  • Develops ideas for artwork before beginning
  • Reflects on art and art making by describing and explaining own artwork
  • Expresses personally relevant ideas in artwork

Applies art media and techniques appropriately to produce artworks

  • Uses a variety of art materials to produce artwork
  • Follows appropriate steps in art making
  • Uses art materials safely and appropriately
  • Demonstrates control and craftsmanship with art materials

Demonstrates an understanding of art by engaging with art history, culture, criticism, and aesthetics

  • Engages in discussions about artworks from different places and time to inform art making
  • Responds to own and other’s artwork
  • Uses art vocabulary appropriately to identify and describe artwork
  • Uses and applies knowledge from other subject areas when creating artwork


Develops and Demonstrates competency in motor skills

  • Demonstrate critical elements in locomotor, nonlocomotor, and manipulative skills
  • Demonstrate educational gymnastic skills
  • Demonstrate moving to a beat or rhythmic pattern and moving in various directions, levels, pathways, and speeds
  • Demonstrate jump rope skill with a selfturn and long rope

Applies basic anatomy and physiology and movement concepts and principles, to improve motor skills

  • Identify where the brain is located
  • Explain that muscles attach to bones to help the body move
  • Describe how the heart and lungs work together
  • Explain that the heart is a muscle that grows stronger with movement
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of personal and general space

Applies knowledge of fitness and active lifestyles to evaluate and plan for personal fitness

  • Identify activities to do at home to help the body move and grow
  • Identify activities to increase heart and breathing rates
  • Describe and demonstrate activities at various intensity levels

Demonstrates skills and behaviors leading to personal and group success in physical activity, both in and out of school

  • Demonstrate cooperation
  • Demonstrate safety rules, safe use of space, and classroom rules

Demonstrates knowledge of the basic nutrition and fitness concepts of energy balance

  • Identify the USDA food groups and name one food per food group
  • Explain that the body needs water
  • Identify that physical activity uses energy from foods


Develops and demonstrates skills in singing

  • Demonstrate correct use of head voice in speech and song
  • Sing with increased pitch accuracy
  • Sing with expression, using dynamics and tempo
  • Improvise vocally

Develops and demonstrates skills in playing instruments

  • Play pitched and nonpitched classroom instruments, imitating appropriate technique
  • Perform and improvise rhythmic patterns, melodies and accompaniments

Responds to music with movement

  • Demonstrate the steady beat 
  • Participate in action songs, singing games and dances
  • Perform and improvise movement to a variety of music

Develops and demonstrates music literacy skills

  • Identify, read and notate simple rhythmic and melodic patterns 
  • Compose simple rhythmic and melodic patterns
  • Identify attributes of music 

Applies critical thinking skills when responding to and connecting with music.  

  • Listen for and recognize expressive qualities of music 
  • Identify selected compositions and instrument sounds
  • Describe music and music performances 
  • Describe the role of music and musicians in cultures around the world

World Languages


Communicates effectively in the target language in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes 

  • Recognize a few individual words in children’s songs, simple rhymes, poems, chants, or book titles
  • Follow simple classroom instructions or routines such as play games and draw pictures.
  • Say greetings and farewells such as hello, goodbye
  • Answer a few simple questions, such as name, age, likes, dislikes in the target language
  • Repeat or tell preferences about favorite color, season, place to visit, food, or any other content-related topic
  • Name letters of the alphabet, characters, words, or numbers related to content
  • Copy or write letters of the alphabet, characters, simple words, or numbers related to content in other classes

Interacts with cultural competence and understanding

  • Identify and repeat names of typical products from native and other cultures


Category 1 & 2 Languages* (French, German, Spanish)

Communicates effectively in the target language in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes

  • Recognize words, phrases, and simple facts when listening
  • Recognize words, phrases, or simple facts in picture-supported readers
  • Ask and answer simple questions about personal everyday life when interacting with others
  • Exchange some personal and content information by creating lists when writing to others
  • Present simple information related to content topics
  • Display very simple information related to content topics when writing

Interacts with cultural competence and understanding

  • Identify products and practices of own and other cultures when listening, viewing, or reading
  • Interact with multilingual school staff to ask and answer simple questions
  • Correspond with multilingual staff to ask or answer a few simple questions to meet basic daily needs through text and pictures
  • Create lists and rank favorite items and compare them to other cultures

Category 3 & 4 Languages* (Japanese, Korean)

Communicates effectively in the target language in a variety of situations and for multiple purposes

  • Recognize words, phrases, and simple facts related to content taught when listening
  • Recognize and produce sounds, letters, characters, numbers, shapes, and words when reading
  • Ask and answer simple questions about personal everyday life
  • Exchange some personal and content information by copying, writing, or drawing learned information
  • Present very simple information related to content topics when speaking
  • Produce letters or characters and copy/write text when writing

Interacts with cultural competence and understanding

  • Identify products and practices of own and other cultures while listening, viewing, or reading
  • Interact with multilingual school staff to ask and answer simple questions
  • Exchange greetings and emotional expressions using texts or pictures
  • Copy/list and/or rank favorite items and compare them to other cultures

*Language Categories 1, 2, 3, & 4 follow US Department of State Foreign Service Institute guidelines for language acquisition. Languages are placed into categories based on the level of difference from English, such as pronunciation and/or writing systems.