When I Am…in 1st Grade


First graders are active and have mastered running, leaping, and rolling but are still developing skills such as catching, kicking, and throwing. They enjoy structure and are getting better at understanding the rules of organized games. Their writing skills are steadily increasing and they are able to create and recount stories through various modes.

First graders love to show off their talents and enjoy sharing and playing with friends. They are still developing socially and emotionally and rely on the guidance of caring adults as they work out conflicts with peers.

Although many first-graders are transitioning to a more formal school setting, play is still important and should be encouraged.

Recommended Read-Aloud Books

  • Alligator Boy by Cynthia Rylant
  • Castaway Cats by Lisa Wheeler
  • Herman the Helper by Robert Kraus
  • Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
  • Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, Verna Aardema
  • Margaret and Margarita: Margarita y Margaret, by Lynn Reiser