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First Grade Reading Informational Text Standards Aligned Resources

First Grade ELA Domain: Reading Informational Text

In this domain, first-graders will take what they’ve learned in the Reading Literature domain and apply those skills to informational texts. Using eSpark Learning’s standards-aligned activities, teachers can create an engaging classroom and streamline students’ learning. Through informative videos, games, and singalongs, first-graders will continue to ask questions about stories, find the meaning of unfamiliar words, establish connections, determine the purpose of a text, and compare and contrast similar texts. Here’s a closer look at what students can expect to learn in each standard throughout the First Grade ELA Reading Informational Text domain:

1.RI.1

Answer Questions About Stories

Students will continue practicing asking and answering questions about specific details in texts.

1.RI.2

Find the Main Idea

First graders will listen to different texts, identifying main topics along the way.

1.RI.3

Make Connections

In this domain, students will identify and describe connections in a text, including people, places, ideas, and events.

1.RI.4

Find Meaning of Words

First graders will learn to understand unfamiliar words and phrases by asking and answering questions about texts.

1.RI.6

Use Images to Understand a Text

Students will enhance their visual learning skills by using pictures and illustrations to understand unfamiliar words and phrases.

1.RI.7

Use Images To Explain a Text

Next, first-grader students will use pictures and illustrations to explain what’s happening in any given text, including key details and ideas.

1.RI.8

Identify Author's Purpose

Students will start to learn and identify the meaning and purpose behind authors’ texts.

1.RI.9

Compare and Contrast Texts

With help and support, first-graders will compare and contrast texts that have similar topics.

Get Started with First Grade Reading Informational Text Learning Resources

Reading Informational Text is one of four domains included in the First Grade ELA standards. Throughout each standard, students can expect to learn concepts like:

  • Finding the main idea in different texts
  • Establishing connections between people, places, and ideas in texts
  • Asking and answering questions to find the meaning of unfamiliar words and phrases
  • Identifying the author’s purpose in different texts
  • Comparing and contrasting two texts of the same topic

With the support of eSpark Learning, students can enhance their learning at the rate of 1.5 times faster than their peers. Every activity — from instructional videos, learning songs, games, and read-a-longs — is carefully aligned to each standard, ensuring first-graders stay on track to meet their goals established by the Common Core.

 

eSpark Learning also helps teachers create a more engaging curriculum and provide individualized learning where necessary. With progress monitoring for each activity, teachers can gain a better understanding of each student and their comprehension of lessons and standards. 

 

Ready to create some free fun in the classroom? Here’s a closer look at some of the standards-aligned activities eSpark Learning provides within the Reading Informational Text domain for first-graders:

1.RI.1

Answer Questions About Stories

Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

In one of several standards-aligned activities, first-graders can tap into a read-a-long to learn about the sea while discovering new and unfamiliar words (and creatures!).

By the Sea read-a-long book cover
Picture of lighthouse. There is so much to see by the sea.
Picture of starfish. You can see starfish that have arms they use to attach to the rocks.

1.RI.2

Find the Main Idea

Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.

The Floor is Lava! In this engaging activity, students can choose to have an instructional story read to them or read it by themselves. Afterward, teachers can quiz them on what they learned.

The Floor is Lava read-a-long book
Have you ever played the floor is lava?
In this game everyone will pretend the floor is hot lava.

1.RI.3

Make Connections

Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.

Finding connections. Things? Connection?
Finding connections in a story about rabbits and hamsters.
Making connection between a rabbit and hamster.

1.RI.4

Find Meaning of Words

Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.

In this domain, first-graders can listen and learn all about Arctic Foxes, using photos to better understand how they survive harsh winters.

Arctic Foxes: Secrets of Survival read-a-long
Arctic Foxes know how to keep warm in the cold and use their tails as scarves.
Arctic foxes know how to hunt and eat lemmings.

1.RI.6

Use Images to Understand a Text

Distinguish between information provided by pictures or other illustrations and information provided by the words in a text.

Going On A Cloud Hunt. In this engaging activity, students can choose to have an instructional story read to them or read it by themselves. Afterward, teachers can quiz them on what they learned.

Going On A Cloud Hunt read-a-long
Let's go on a cloud hunt
Find shapes in clouds. These clouds look like a bunny and a sheep.

1.RI.7

Use Images To Explain a Text

Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.

In a fun and catchy sing-a-long, students will watch and learn all about the five things plants need to live.

The Needs of a Plant sing-a-long
Plants need water so they can grow
The sun helps plants by giving them light

1.RI.8

Identify Author's Purpose

Identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.

In one of several practice texts, students can read about different types of pets and discuss what makes a good pet and why.

Which Pet Would You Get read-a-long
Read about pet rabbits and how quiet they are
Read about frogs and how they can be sticky

1.RI.9

Compare and Contrast Texts

Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).

In this final standard, first-graders can read several stories — like Who Lives at the Denver Zoo? — to compare and contrast their new learnings.

Who Lives at Denver Zoo read-a-long
Elephants live at the Denver Zoo
Snow Leopards live at the Denver Zoo

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