First grade is a year of exceptional growth for children. By the end of the year, most are reading grade-level chapter books or even higher. Writing takes a variety of forms, including beginning journaling, writing creative stories, or documenting work in other areas.
First graders begin to grasp more abstract mathematical concepts, and are introduced to time, money, and the meaning of numbers greater than those they can count. Simple addition and subtraction problems are learned, and the students learn to count by 2's, 5's, and 10's.
Common science explorations include water and weather, human anatomy, and identifying characteristics of plants and animals. First graders may also experiment with motion and the effects of pushing and pulling.