First Grade Curriculum

Dept. of Teaching and Learning Services

5150 220th AVE SE, Issaquah, WA 98029

The Issaquah Content Standards guide teaching and learning in all our classrooms in the areas of Literacy (reading, writing, and communication), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health and Fitness, and the Arts. These statements describe what students should know and be able to do during and as a result of their educational experiences. The Issaquah Content Standards are based on the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards.


Read Grade Level Text

  • Read and comprehend text accurately

Comprehension: Key Ideas and Details

  • Ask and answer questions
  • Identify main idea(s)
  • Retell familiar stories with details
  • Describe characters, settings, and events

Comprehension: Craft and Structure

  • Learn new descriptive vocabulary words
  • Ask and answer questions to understand the meanings of words
  • Identify differences between types of texts (fiction and nonfiction)
  • Use text features to locate information (headings, tables of contents, glossaries, icons, etc.)
  • Identify who is telling a story (narrator)

Comprehension: Integration

  • Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe ideas
  • Identify how authors use reasoning to support their points
  • Compare and contrast characters and events and topics

Phonics Skills

  • Understand features of print (sentence structure, punctuation)
  • Identify and blend sounds in reading and speaking
  • Read grade-level appropriate high-frequency words (commonly used words)


Develop Ideas and Adds Details

  • Write narratives recounting events, using details to describe and elaborate
  • Write opinion pieces introducing topic and stating reasons to support opinion
  • Write informative texts introducing topic and using facts and definitions to develop points
  • Provide closure
  • Uses leads, transitions and organization
  • Elaborates on ideas

Use a Variety of Words

  • Use labels and words to give details
  • Use labels and words to give facts


  • Use grade appropriate grammar and conventions in writing


Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction
  • Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction. 
  • Add and subtract within 20
  • Work with addition and subtraction equations

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Extend the counting sequence
  • Understand place value
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract

Measurement and Data

  • Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units
  • Tell and write time
  • Represent and interpret data


  • Reason with shapes and their attributes

Mathematical Practices

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  • Model with mathematics
  • Use appropriate tools strategically
  • Attend to precision
  • Look for and make use of structure
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning


  • Waves: Light and sound
  • Structure, function, and information processing
  • Space systems: Patterns and cycles
  • Engineering design

Social Studies

  • Our Families
  • Our world
  • Our Wants and Needs (still under review)
image of first grade class listening to teacher reading


  • Understand and apply art knowledge and skills
  • Demonstrate thinking skills using artistic processes
  • Communicate through the arts
  • Make connections within and across the arts, to other disciplines, cultures, life and work


  • Read, note, and perform rhythm
  • Hear, discriminate, perform, read, and note pitch
  • Listen to, analyze, demonstrate, and describe qualities of sound
  • Identify simple music forms
  • Experience and perform independent parts while others sing or play
  • Understand and creatively interpret expressive markings and cues
  • Sing alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Understand music in relation to history and culture

Physical Education

  • Participate actively, cooperates with others
  • Stay on task
  • Follow directions
  • Contribute positively


  • Study nutrition
  • Learn about the heart
  • Learn about healthy habits, control and prevention of disease
  • Study living safely (safe and unsafe behaviors)
  • Learn about healthy emotions
  • Study air and water pollution (environmental health)


  • Learn basic operations and concepts
  • Use productivity tools such as word processing, graphics, and curriculum related software.
  • Understand technology ethics