The emphasis at Rowe School is on laying the foundation for Yarmouth Core Values and Life Role Outcomes. As a member of the Rowe School community, your child is working towards being safe, kind, helpful, and polite and developing positive work habits.

Responsible Community Member

  • Shows respect for others (sensitive and tolerant of others, respecting rights & property of others, good manners, works and plays well with others)
  • Shows respect for school environment (materials, workspace, belongings)

  • Follows rules and routines of the school (classroom, playground, and hallways)

  • Exhibits self control

  • Takes responsibility for own actions

  • Contributes positively in a group

Self-Directed Learner

  • Listens attentively to others

  • Follows directions

  • Works independently

  • Uses time constructively

  • Seeks help when necessary

  • Completes work

  • Shows best effort

  • Expresses ideas clearly when speaking


Foundational Skills

Print Concepts

  • Understands features of a sentence (first word, capitals, end punctuation)

Phonological Awareness

  • Demonstrates understanding of spoken words, syllables, & sounds (phonemes)

Phonics and Word Recognition

  • Applies long and short vowel sounds when decoding words
  • Decodes regularly spelled one and two syllable words
  • Knows common consonant digraphs
  • Reads grade-appropriate high-frequency words by sight


  • Reads with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension
  • Reads and comprehends at mid-year grade level
  • Reads and comprehends at end-of-year grade level


  • Uses pictures and story details to describe setting and events
  • Retells stories, including key details, and understands central message
  • Uses key details to describe characters, settings, and major events in a story
  • Uses key ideas and details to ask/answer questions
  • Identify words and phrases that suggest feelings or appeals to the senses
  • Explains differences between types of texts (e.g., fiction, nonfiction, poetry)
  • Compares/contrasts adventures of characters in stories

Informational Text

  • Asks/answers questions about key details
  • Identifies the main topic and retells key details
  • Ask and answer questions to understand unknown words
  • Knows and uses text features (e.g., table of contents, headings, pictures)
  • Compares/contrasts two texts on the same topic


Narrative Writing

  • Writes across three or more pages
  • Puts the events in order using words such as and, then, so
  • Writes an ending that provides some sense of closure
  • Includes details in pictures and words

Opinion/Persuasive Writing

  • Writes an opinion and states supporting reasons
  • Writes an ending that provides some sense of closure

Information Writing

  • Names a topic and supplies facts
  • Writes an ending that provides some sense of closure
  • With support, gathers information and uses labels/words to answer questions

Language Conventions

  • Spells words relying on most obvious sounds and common spelling patterns
  • Spells grade level high-frequency words
  • Uses end punctuation for sentences
  • Uses commas in dates and lists
  • Capitalizes sentences, dates, names, and the pronoun “I”
  • Writes legibly and efficiently

Revising and Editing

  • With support, adds details to strengthen writing as needed


The following goals are at the core of our Grade 1 curriculum. Please note that these are important goals, but they are not the only concepts to which students will be exposed at this grade level. Students will have a rich curriculum, and their experiences in math will introduce them to many new concepts that will deepen over time.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction
  • Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction
  • Add and subtract within 20
  • Work with addition and subtraction equations

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Extend the counting sequence
  • Understand place value
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract

Measurement and Data

  • Measure lengths indirectly and by iterating length units
  • Tell and write time
  • Represent and interpret data


  • Reason with shapes and their attributes