First Grade

Year at a Glance

Portrait of a Graduate

Collaborator Communicator Creative and Critical Thinker Ethical and Global Citizen Goal Directed and Resilient Thinker

A goal of FCPS is to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate learning in authentic ways and support students in the development of skills that employers are seeking for the workforce. Teachers in FCPS are enhancing learning opportunities to include the Portrait of a Graduate attributes:

  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Ethical and Global Citizen
  • Creative and Critical Thinker
  • Goal-Directed and Resilient Individual

To develop these skills, FCPS strives for all students to:

  • Develop knowledge and skills that can be applied across subject areas and in real life settings.
  • Utilize and grow critical thinking skills that require them to go beyond the facts.
  • Engage in learning that fosters curiosity.
  • Confront and make contributions to solving real-world problems.
  • Demonstrate learning and skills in a variety of ways, such as projects and portfolios.
  • Set goals and reflect on their progress.


  • Developing a Writing Process
  • Personal Narratives
  • Informational Writing
  • Poetry
  • Opinion Writing (Persuasion)
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Research-Writing Cycle

Oral Communication

  • Active Listening
  • Collaborative Discussions
  • Conversation Skills


  • Character Development
  • Nonfiction
  • Dramatic Storytelling
  • Book Clubs: Deepening Understanding
  • Research Skills within Science and Social Studies Content
  • Learning About Print

Word Study

  • Initial and Final Blends
  • Inflectional Endings
  • Open and Closed Syllables
  • Long Vowel Patterns
  • Contractions
  • Possessives
  • R-Controlled Vowels


  • Counting
  • Magnitude
  • Two-Digit Place Value
  • Comparing and Ordering Numbers
  • Patterns
  • Estimation
  • Addition and Subtraction with Numbers through 20
  • Equality
  • Fraction Number Sense
  • Counting Coins
  • Two-Dimensional Shapes
  • Measuring Length, Weight, and Volume
  • Time and Calendar
  • Tables, Picture Graphs, and Object Graphs


  • Scientific Investigation
  • Characteristics of Animals
  • Basic Needs of Plants and Animals
  • Parts of a Plant
  • Weather
  • Daily and Seasonal Changes
  • Motion
  • Sound
  • Sun
  • Natural Resources
  • Air and Water Quality
  • Conservation

Social Studies

  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Citizenship
  • Being a Virginian and Being an American
  • State and Local Government
  • Making Contributions
  • Economics
    • Goods
    • Services
    • Producers
    • Consumers
  • Geography
  • Map Skills
  • The First Virginians
  • Influential Virginians