First Grade Reading Expectations
At the end of first grade, readers should be able to recognize individual letter sounds and clusters and use word endings. They should read most Dolch words encountered in text, match text to picture to confirm the meaning, accurately sequence 3-4 details from a variety of text and begin to make inferences from pictures and stories. They should locate information by page and frequently use tables of context and glossaries. A successful first grade reader can independently read and follow simple directions, read diagrams, charts, maps, stories and poems. They should be reading grade level material at approximately 40 words per minute with 97% accuracy.