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First Grade Foundational and Language Skills

By Naomi O'Brien


For some, it can be hard to make sure to get in all the little skills that CCSS has laid out for first grade. To ensure that I was hitting these standards and skills, I made some slides for my students to learn and practice.

We practiced during whole group reading time and spent 5-10 minutes each morning learning these important skills

I equipped my students with dry erase boards, markers, and a strategic partner to work with.

I would allow my students to work alongside their partner. They pushed each other and gave feedback as needed.

Pick one or two skills to focus on for the entire week. Then give students exposure to the same skill multiple times throughout the week. Students begin to feel more confident with each skill by the end of the week.

I like to cycle through all of these skills repeatedly throughout the year. It’s important to keep in mind that students are not expected to show mastery until the end of first grade.

The best part about learning these skills is how quick, easy, and fun they are. My students always enjoyed turning and talking with their partners and working on their boards. There’s something about working on a dry erase board that kids just find motivating!

I hope these ideas were helpful!



Hi, I'm Naomi

I have been teaching elementary students for over 10 years. Effective reading instruction and accurate social studies at the primary level are huge passions of mine! 

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