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
  • Narrative and Descriptive Writing
  • Research-Writing Cycle
  • Capitalization, Punctuation, and Spelling
  • Transition to Foundational Skills

Oral Communication

  • Active Listening
  • Collaborative Discussions
  • Conversation Skills
  • Responding to a Variety of Texts


  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Research
  • Simple Reference Materials
  • Vocabulary Development

Foundational Skills

  • Develop phonics, phonological, and phonemic awareness skills 
  • Concepts of Print
  • High Frequency Words


  • 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
  • Ethical and Global Citizenship
  • Being a Virginian and Being an American
  • Government and Leadership
  • Making Contributions
  • Economics: Choices, Goods, Services, Producers, and Consumers
  • Geography and Climate
  • Map Skills
  • The First Virginians
  • Influential Virginians