First Grade


The emphasis at Rowe School is on laying the foundation for Yarmouth Core Values and Life Role Outcomes. As a member of the Rowe School community, your child is working towards being safe, kind, helpful, and polite and developing positive work habits.

Responsible Community Member

  • Shows respect for others (sensitive and tolerant of others, respecting rights & property of others, good manners, works and plays well with others)

  • Shows respect for school environment (materials, workspace, belongings)

  • Follows rules and routines of the school (classroom, playground, and hallways)

  • Exhibits self control

  • Takes responsibility for own actions

  • Contributes positively in a group

    Self-Directed Learner

  • Listens attentively to others

  • Follows directions

  • Works independently

  • Uses time constructively

  • Seeks help when necessary

  • Completes work

  • Shows best effort

  • Expresses ideas clearly when speaking


The reading and writing report card indicators are based on end-of-year standards from the Common Core.  It is common for students to still be “Developing” toward those standards midyear.  Unmarked indicators have not yet been assessed.  

Foundational Skills: 

  • Reading Habits: Reads independently with stamina and engagement

  • Print Concepts: Understands features of a sentence (first word, capitals, end punctuation)

  • Phonological Awareness: Demonstrates understanding of spoken words, syllables, & sounds (phonemes)

  • Phonics: Decodes long and short vowel sounds, regularly spelled one and two syllable words, and common consonant digraphs

  • Sight Words: Reads grade-appropriate high-frequency words by sight 

  • Fluency: Reads texts with accuracy and fluency at grade level 

  • Comprehension: Comprehends texts at grade level 

Narrative Reading:

  • Summarize: Retells major events in a story, including characters, setting and key details 

  • Compare and Contrast: Identifies similarities and differences in familiar stories 

Informational Reading: 

  • Summarize: Identifies the main topic and retells key details

  • Text Features: Uses text features to locate key facts or information

  • Analysis: Compares and contrasts two texts on similar topics


Text Types and Purposes:

  • Narrative Writing

    • Structure: Writes sequenced stories with leads, transitions and endings

    • Development: Includes details such as characters’ feelings and actions

  • Informational Writing

    • Structure: Organizes writing to teach about a topic

    • Development: Includes facts about a topic

  • Opinion Writing

    • Structure: Organizes writing to share an opinion using a lead, transitions and an ending

    • Development: Includes details and at least one reason for the opinion

Writing Process:

  • Planning: Generates ideas and can sketch across pages to plan writing

  • Revising: Reviews pictures and writing to add details

  • Editing: Rereads writing to check for punctuation and appropriate use of capital letters

  • Spelling: Applies grade-level word study concepts and uses the word wall to help with spelling

  • Writing Habits: Draws and writes with grade-level stamina, volume and engagement

  • Handwriting: Writes legibly and efficiently


The following goals are at the core of our Grade 1 curriculum. Please note that these are important goals, but they are not the only concepts to which students will be exposed at this grade level. Students will have a rich curriculum, and their experiences in math will introduce them to many new concepts that will deepen over time.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction

  • Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction

  • Add and subtract within 20

  • Work with addition and subtraction equations

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Extend the counting sequence

  • Understand place value

  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract

Measurement and Data

  • Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units

  • Tell and write time

  • Represent and interpret data


  • Reason with shapes and their attributes