For First Grade students, the standards for English Language Arts (ELA) are designed to help them further develop their skills across four domains:
With the help and support of eSpark Learning’s standards-aligned resources, First Grade students will continue to develop knowledge established in the Pre-K and Kindergarten curriculums. First, they’ll further expand their reading comprehension through sentence and word structure, identifying different sounds and syllables. First-graders will also learn about sounding and spelling consonant digraphs, such as “sh” and “ch.”
In the second standard, students will develop their language skills, unearthing the meaning of words using context clues, prefixes and suffixes, and synonyms. As they did in the Kindergarten curriculums, students will also identify real-life connections between words and their use and continue sorting words into categories.
Next, first-graders will dive into the world of literature to explore and dissect different stories. They’ll start to identify the main aspects of a text — like characters, plots, settings, and narrators — and distinguish between fiction and non-fiction. Students will also continue to listen to and ask questions about stories, using their knowledge to compare and contrast characters, experiences, and central messages and themes.
In the final standard, students will continue to grow their proficiency in reading informational text. Similar to the Reading Literature domain, students will explore informational texts to identify main topics, explain key details, and make connections between people, places, and events. First-graders will also use images to better understand and explain different texts and uncover the meaning of unfamiliar words.
With the help of eSpark Learning in the classroom, students can learn up to 1.5 times faster than their peers. Through standards-aligned activities, videos, games, and assessments, first-graders will be more engaged, and teachers will feel confident knowing their curriculum is backed by research-based materials that help everyone achieve the standards set forth by the Common Core.