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The Power to Know the Hour activity Try Now

The Power to Know the Hour

Tell Time to the Hour and Half-Hour


Priscilla's 1st Grade Shape Bakery activity Try Now

Priscilla's 1st Grade Shape Bakery

Learn About Shapes


Build A House activity Try Now

Build A House

Build With Shapes


Shapes Playground 1st Grade activity Try Now

Shapes Playground 1st Grade

Build With Shapes


Chopping Challenge Halves activity Try Now

Chopping Challenge Halves

Dividing Shapes


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Grow a Garden Kindergarten

Dividing Shapes


Dakota's Dog Rescue 1st Grade activity Try Now

Dakota's Dog Rescue 1st Grade

Context Clues


Jungle Racers Root Words activity Try Now

Jungle Racers Root Words

Prefixes and Suffixes


Sticker Book Sort Vocab activity Try Now

Sticker Book Sort Vocab

Sorting Words


Campfire Building Descriptors activity Try Now

Campfire Building Descriptors

Words and Their Use


Unicorn Magic Synonyms activity Try Now

Unicorn Magic Synonyms

What are Synonyms?


Ziggy to the Rescue activity Try Now

Ziggy to the Rescue

Order Three Objects by Length


Rainbow Time 1st Grade activity Try Now

Rainbow Time 1st Grade

Tell Time to the Hour and Half-Hour


Tania's Time Troubles activity Try Now

Tania's Time Troubles

Tell Time to the Hour and Half-Hour


Time for the Train! activity Try Now

Time for the Train!

Tell Time to the Hour and Half-Hour


Animal Counting Tally Marks activity Try Now

Animal Counting Tally Marks

Sort and Count Objects


Cookie Counter activity Try Now

Cookie Counter

Tens and Ones

1.NBT.B.2a and 2 more

Math Monsters activity Try Now

Math Monsters

Tens and Ones

1.NBT.B.2a and 2 more

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Flamingo Number Run Compare

Compare Numbers


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Ant Addition

Add Two-Digit Numbers


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Educational Activities and Teaching Resources for 1st Grade

Welcome to 1st grade! First graders can do way more than just count by the end of the year, they can add and subtract in their heads, put two triangles together to make a square, and even tell you (give or take an hour) what time it is. First grade math standards throughout the country build on early number sense work, addition and subtraction with small numbers, place value understanding, simple measurement and time, and spatial reasoning, to lay a strong foundation for more complex work in years to come.

When it comes to reading, forget those nervous, new-to-school vibes. First graders are seasoned vets who know a thing or two about how the classroom works. Reading groups are where the magic happens. First grade is an exciting time in a young reader's journey to literacy. Many students will be transitioning from guided to independent reading, learning how to read familiar stories with understanding and purpose. Print concepts and the ability to decode more complex words will also be developed.

Some of the skills students will master in eSpark include:


  • Adding and subtracting up to 20
  • Solving word problems
  • Developing number sense skills with number bonds and other strategies
  • Understanding place values
  • Finding unknown addends
  • Comparing numbers and differentiating less than, equal to, and greater than
  • Measuring and sorting by lengths
  • Creating simple graphs and charts
  • Telling time to the hour and half-hour
  • Drawing, building, and dividing shapes


  • Asking and answering questions about texts
  • Retelling and describing stories, including key details, characters, settings, and events
  • Identifying the narrator and point of view
  • Using illustrations and pictures to better understand texts
  • Comparing and contrasting texts
  • Recognizing features of a sentence, including capitalization and simple punctuation
  • Segmenting words into phonemes
  • Knowing the spelling-sound correspondence for common digraphs
  • Recognizing sight words
  • Self-correcting while reading
  • Using common verb tenses, affixes, and inflections
  • Leveraging context clues
  • Distinguishing shades of meaning

eSpark is truly unique in the world of online learning. Our holistic, student-centered approach blends the proven benefits of play-based learning with systematic, explicit, and direct instruction. It’s proof that learning can be fun, personalized, and effective, all at once!

eSpark meets the criteria for evidence-based interventions under ESSA guidelines, and has been proven in multiple studies to improve student performance in math and reading.

When you sign up for an eSpark account, your students experience these activities via adaptive, differentiated independent pathways and teacher-driven small group assignments. Teachers also have access to detailed usage and progress reports with valuable insights into standards mastery, student growth trends, and intervention opportunities.

With the addition of the game-changing Choice Texts for the 2023-2024 school year, eSpark has cemented its status as the most loved supplemental instruction option for students and teachers alike. Claim your free account today and see the difference for yourself!