1st Grade Benchmarks

LANGUAGE ARTS
Phonics
- Review of vowels, consonants, blends, one- and two- vowel words, consonants
- Recognition and use of all phonics special sounds in reading
- Spelling rules: doubling consonants, dropping silent e, changing y to i
- Oral reading
Cursive Writing
- Review of letter formation
- Daily seatwork practice in all academic areas
Spelling and Poetry
- Weekly phonics-based word list
- Weekly test with phonics
- Reinforcement activities
- Eight poems committed to memory
Language
- Capitalization of first word in a sentence, proper names, days of the week, and months of the year
- Correct punctuation at the ends of sentences
- Recognition of complete sentences
- Words using suffixes, prefixes, syllables, compound words, rhyming words, opposite words, same meaning words, and contractions
- Alphabetizing of words
- Writing complete sentences and short stories
- Creative writing

HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY
This is my America
- My America’s flag
- My America’s freedoms
- Symbols of my America
- Great People of America
- My America Grows
- My America Talks
- My America Travels
- My America is Beautiful
- My America Sings
This is my World
- Mexico, Peru, Virgin Islands Puerto Rico, Bahamas, England, the Netherlands, Norway, France, Germany,
Switzerland, Italy, Israel, Egypt, Kenya, India, China, Australia, Guam, American Samoa

SCIENCE
Health and Human Biology
-Discovering myself
Energy
- Discovering my toys
Animals
- Discovering animals
- Discovering insects
Plants
- Discovering plants
Seasons
- Discovering seasons

HEALTH, SAFETY, MANNERS
Health
- Eating good foods
- Exercising
- Rest
- Posture
- Care of body, clothes, home
Safety
- At home and away from home
- On streets, playgrounds, water
Manners
- At home, school, church, public

ARITHMETIC
Number recognition, counting and writing 1-1000
Greatest and least
Counting and writing by tens, fives, twos, and threes
Number sequences
Ordinal numbers
Addition facts through 13 and three-digit addition with carrying
Subtractions facts through 13 and two-digit subtraction
Story problems
Numbers before and after by ones, twos, tens
Between numbers
Counting and combining coins
Telling time to the nearest five minutes
Recognizing odd and even numbers
English and some metric measures
Place value in ones, tens and hundreds
Unit fractions
Reading a thermometer
Using a ruler
Multiple combinations
Concept of multiplication
Calendars
Reading pictographs and bar graphs
Developing listening skills
Roman numerals

BIBLE
Lessons such
Salvation series Genesis
Life of Christ Paul
Memory verses
Choruses
Bible doctrine

FINE ARTS
Music
Arts
Crafts