- First grade
First grade (called Grade 1 in some regions) is a year of
educationin the United Statesand other nations. The first grade is the first school year after kindergarten. Students are usually 6 - 7 years old. It is a part of primary education.
mathematicsstudents learn primarily about additionand subtractionof whole numbers, as well as the first vulgar fractions and measurement. Basic geometryand graphing are also introduced for the first time. Time (hour and half hour, months, days, reading a calendar) and money (names, values and counting of coins) are also included in the math curriculum.
* In Language Arts first graders are expected to know the
alphabetand become masters of the alphabetic principle. They learn the 44 sounds found in the English languageand the most common spellings for each. In the beginning of first grade, students read easy books and books that make use of letters and words they have been taught. By the end of the year, students can read longer passages and stories with a greater variety of words. They can also learn words that have not been taught by applying their knowledge of the alphabetic principle. Popular stories read by the average first grader include: Frog and Toadbooks by Arnold Lobel, Poppletonbooks, fairy talessuch as Cinderellaand Snow White, books by Syd Hoff, Dr. Seuss, Robert Munsch, and non-fiction books about animals.
In Brazil now, the time for elementary school were recently raised from 8 to 9 years, and the minimum age required to the first grade was changed from 5 to 6 years old.
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