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First Grade Standards Aligned Teaching Resources

First Grade Math

For First Grade students, the mathematical standards focus on four key areas, all of which build upon the skills introduced to students in Pre-K and Kindergarten. With the help of eSpark Learning’s standards-aligned teaching resources, students can expect to learn mathematical concepts like:

  • Adding and subtracting up to 20
  • Solving word problems
  • Understanding the equal sign
  • Place values
  • Adding and subtracting two-digit numbers
  • Measuring lengths
  • Telling time
  • Drawing, building, and dividing shapes

Engaging activities like videos, games, and quizzes will help first grade students deepen their learning of familiar and brand-new concepts while fine-tuning their skills along the way.

First Grade ELA

eSpark’s standards-aligned resources for First Grade ELA will support students and teachers as they navigate four total domains. Within each, students can expect to learn several familiar and new concepts, including:

  • Recognizing features of sentences
  • Distinguishing the difference between long and short vowels
  • Identifying syllables
  • Blending sounds to make words
  • Using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words
  • Using prefixes and suffixes
  • Sorting words into categories
  • Learning about synonyms
  • Asking and answering questions about texts
  • Describing characters, settings, and plots
  • Recognizing fictional and non-fictional stories
  • Comparing and contrasting familiar texts

With the help of eSpark Learning resources, teachers can help students further develop in all of the standards outlined by the Common Core. Each of our read-a-long stories, learning songs, games, and activities are specifically aligned to the Common Core, ensuring students and teachers stay on track to meet the goals and expectations set during this year and the years ahead.

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First Grade Math

First Grade math includes a total of 23 standards divided into four domains. Throughout the year, students will build upon familiar concepts they learned through the eSpark Learning Kindergarten Math curriculum, including addition and subtraction, solving word problems, working with larger numbers, working with shapes, and learning how to measure items and tell time.

Explore eSpark’s Curriculum for First Grade math to explore all of our standards-aligned resources, games, activities, and assessments.

First Grade ELA

For First Grade ELA, there are 35 standards divided into four domains. Like the mathematical standards, First Grade ELA introduces brand-new lessons and concepts while building on the knowledge and skills developed throughout the Kindergarten ELA curriculum. Students will continue to expand their reading and language skills through storytelling, sounding out words, identifying unknown words, and comprehending key components of texts and stories, like characters, settings, actions, and more.

Take a closer look at the First Grade ELA curriculum to unlock eSpark Learning’s standards-aligned curriculum and activities.

See First Grade Standards Teaching Resources by Domain

First Grade Math

Within each mathematical domain, first-grade students will dive deeper into previously introduced concepts while learning new skills along the way. Here’s what teachers can expect their classroom to learn in each:

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Add and subtract up to 20
  • Solve word problems
  • Skip counting
  • Number families
  • Understanding the equal sign
  • Find missing numbers to solve problems

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Place value and tens and ones
  • Add two-digit numbers within 100
  • Add and subtracting mentally

Measurement and Data

  • Compare and contrast objects by length
  • Measure items without a ruler
  • Tell time to the hour and half hour
  • Sort and count objects


  • Learn more about different shapes
  • Draw shapes with defining attributes
  • Build two-dimensional shapes
  • Divide shapes into halves, fourths, and quarters

First Grade ELA

First Grade ELA standards include four domains. By the end of the year, students should be able to build upon the knowledge and skills introduced in the Kindergarten curriculum while taking on brand-new concepts in the world of informational text. Here’s a closer look at what First Grade students can expect to learn:

Reading Foundational Skills

  • Recognize distinguishing features of sentences
  • Distinguish long from short vowel sounds
  • Learn consonant digraphs like ‘sh,’ ‘ch,’ ‘wh,’ ‘th,’ and ‘ck’
  • Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words
  • Identify syllables
  • Recognize and read irregularly spelled words


  • Use context clues to understand the meaning of words and phrases
  • Use prefixes and suffixes to identify meanings of words
  • Sort words into categories
  • Identify real-life connections between words and their use
  • Differentiate meanings of verbs with similar actions

Reading Literature

  • Ask and answer questions about ket details in stories
  • Retell stories and demonstrate the understanding of them
  • Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story
  • Identify feeling words in stories
  • Understand the difference between fiction and non-fiction
  • Identify narrators in a story
  • Use images and illustrations to describe elements of a story
  • Compare and contrast different characters and their experiences

Reading Informational Text

  • Find the main idea in different texts
  • Establish connections between people, places, and ideas in texts
  • Ask and answer questions to find the meaning of unfamiliar words and phrases
  • Identify the author’s purpose in different texts
  • Compare and contrast two texts of the same topic

Ready to get started teaching the standards with eSpark?