Literacy Skills

taught in Mrs. Arico's

First Grade Class

reading bookworm

Students will be able to...

  • recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence (e.g., first word, capitalization, ending punctuation)
  • distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words
  • isolate and pronounce initial sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words
  • isolate and pronounce medial sounds in spoken single-syllable words
  • isolate and pronounce final sounds in spoken single-syllable words
  • segment spoken single-syllable words into their complete sequence of individual sounds
  • apply the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs
  • decode regularly spelled-one syllable words
  • apply final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds
  • use knowledge that every syllable must have a vowel sound to determine the number of syllables in a printed word
  • decode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables
  • read words with inflectional endings
  • recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words
  • read grade-level text with purpose and understanding
  • read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression
  • use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary


Students will know...

  • fiction
  • nonfiction/informational text
  • central message or lesson
  • main topic
  • connection
  • event
  • illustration
  • discussion
  • active listener
  • lower case letters
  • upper case letters
  • end punctuation (period, question mark)
  • body parts (heart, brain, lungs, stomach)
  • healthy habits (hygiene, nutrition, MyPlate)
  • safe behavior (fire, bus, holiday, medicine, school, classroom)
  • learning habits (read, write, routines)


  • feelings, words, phrases, drawings, habit, community, routine, germs, feelings, nutrition


Student will be able to…

  • ask questions about key details in text
  • answer questions about key details in text
  • retell stories with key details from text
  • identify central message or lesson in a story
  • identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses
  • identify the main topic of a non-fiction text
  • investigate relationships between events in real life
  • describe the connection between two events in a text
  • use illustrations to describe characters, setting, events, or details
  • share information through collaborative writing
  • recall information from experiences to answer a question
  • gather information from provided sources to answer a question
  • participate in collaborative conversations
  • follow agreed upon rules for discussions
  • build on other’s talk in conversations by responding to the comments of others
  • ask questions to clear up any confusions about the topic or text being discussed
  • add drawings to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings
  • speak in complete sentences
  • write with lower case letters
  • write with upper case letters
  • use end punctuation when writing a sentence
  • practice safety rules in daily lives
  • categorize and classify healthy and unhealthy foods



reading book