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First Grade Language Standards Aligned Resources

First Grade ELA Domain: Language

In this second domain, first-graders will expand their knowledge of words by introducing prefixes and suffixes. Students will also continue to grow their skills created in eSpark’s Kindergarten ELA curriculum — learning how to sort words, identify real-life connections, and understand subtle differences in familiar action verbs. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of each standard within the first-grade Language domain.

1.L.4.a

Context Clues

First-graders will uncover the meaning of unfamiliar words or phrases using context clues within sentences.

1.L.4.b

Prefixes and Suffixes

Students will use common affixes to understand the meaning of a word better.

1.L.5.a

Sorting Words

Similar to the Kindergarten curriculum, students will practice sorting words into different categories.

1.L.5.c

Words and Their Use

In this standard, first-graders will establish real-world connections between new words and people, places, and things around them.

1.L.5.d

What are Synonyms?

Finally, students will continue to learn the subtle differences between similar verbs (like ‘look,’ ‘glance,’ and ‘stare’) by acting out and discussing their meanings.

Get Started with First Grade Language Learning Resources

Language is one of four domains included in the First Grade ELA standards. Students can expect to learn concepts like:

  • Using context clues to understand the meaning of words and phrases
  • Using prefixes and suffixes to identify meanings of words
  • Sorting words into categories
  • Identifying real-life connections between words and their use
  • Differentiating meanings of verbs with similar actions

With eSpark Learning’s curriculum, students and teachers can engage with fun and free games, videos, learning songs, and more! Each activity is aligned to individualized standards, helping your first-graders achieve the goals and benchmarks outlined by the Common Core. Teachers can also closely monitor students’ progress through each standard, providing individualized teaching and fine-tuning their curriculum to meet the unique needs of their classroom.

1.L.4.a

Context Clues

Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

It’s a Barefoot Books Singalong! First-graders will learn ‘A Farmer’s Life for Me’ to learn about the day in the life of a farming family and all the activities they do.

A Farmer's Life for Me
Farmer walking in field. Up jump the farmers and set off on their way.
1, 2, 3, it's a farmers life for me.

1.L.4.b

Prefixes and Suffixes

Use frequently occurring affixes as a clue to the meaning of a word.

Start your engines for Jungle Racer! In this exciting game, students will choose their animal and vehicle to race in. Then, they’ll complete sentences with the correct affix of a word (like unpack, pack, or repack) to make it to the finish line!

Jungle Racers Affixes Edition
What is the root of the word unbrushed?
Jungle animals racing in jeeps

1.L.5.a

Sorting Words

Sort words into categories (e.g., colors, clothing) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.

In addition to several instructional videos and learning songs, first-graders can also play Sticker Book Sort, where they help Sydney sort stickers into different categories, like vehicles and musical instruments.

Sticker Book Sort
Sticker book with insects and flowers
Sticker book with animals and toys

1.L.5.c

Words and Their Use

Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at home that are cozy).

Fox and Raccoon are building a campfire and need some help! Students will practice identifying different items based on an ask, like finding foods that are hot.

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Play Campfire Building
Click on all of the hot foods. Ice cream, juice box, chicken drumstick, spaghetti, pizza, watermelon, hot dog, and ramen noodles
Click on all of the cold weather clothing. Mittens,

1.L.5.d

What are Synonyms?

Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs differing in manner (e.g., look, peek, glance, stare, glare, scowl) and adjectives differing in intensity (e.g., large, gigantic) by defining or choosing them or by acting out the meanings.

Students will travel to Sparkle Meadow to help Unicorn recharge her powers! As first-graders correctly identify words that are similar in meaning (like ‘cold’ and ‘chilly’), Unicorn will get her magic back!

Unicorn Magic
What word has a similar meaning to grumpy?
What word has a similar meaning to ancient?

Ready to get started teaching the standards with eSpark?