• 1st Grade Family Activities


    • Identify letters in the alphabet and the sound they make.
      High Frequency Words (1st grade levels D-I).
    • Read 20+ minutes a day.
    • While reading or after reading, write/draw:
      • favorite part of the text.
      • an important part of text.
      • a connection made to the text.
      • a wondering/question about the text.
        • the problem and resolution of the story (literary text only - fiction, poetry, drama).
    • the central idea and details to support it (informational texts only - nonfiction, persuasive).


    • Sorting and Counting

      • Have your child create counting collections of things around home (pasta, paperclips, coins) have students create groups of tens and count the groups of ten and ones to determine the totals.
    • Environmental Shape or Pattern Hunt

      • Go on a scavenger hunt around the house (or even through different picture books) and have students identify and name two dimensional and three dimensional figures. Have students sort examples found into categories.
    • Physical Activities

      • While doing physical activities counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. If you have access to an outdoor space, have your child create a hopscotch path. If you’re indoors, create a number path by writing on cardboard boxes or sheets of paper switching the counting between ones and tens.
    • Shopping and Money

      • Grab a handful of coins and have students identify the value of each coin and the total value of the handful. Select an amount of change, 120 cents or less and have students think of all the different coin combinations that would equal that amount of money.


    • Create a question about an organism, object, or event that can be observed in the natural world.  It may sound something like:
      • What is the best way to clean a penny?
      • Which liquid will dissolve a marshmallow (sugar cube) fastest?
    • Plan and conduct a simple investigation to answer your question.
    • Be sure to make observations and collect data. 
    • Record and organize your data using pictures, numbers, and/or words. 
    • Write about what you learned and new questions that you have.
    • Research or test your new questions

    Social Studies

    • Make daily calendars and timelines
    • Discuss rules, who makes rules, and how rules are enforced
    • Look through family albums, photos, and/or artifacts and discuss what students see and know
    • Discuss community helpers (firefighters, police officers, hospital staff)