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


    Text Types and Purposes:

    • Narrative Writing
      • Structure: Writes sequenced stories with leads, transitions and endings
      • Development: Includes details such as characters’ feelings and actions
    • Informational Writing
      • Structure: Organizes writing to teach about a topic
      • Development: Includes facts about a topic
    • Opinion Writing
      • Structure: Organizes writing to share an opinion using a lead, transitions and an ending
      • Development: Includes details and at least one reason for the opinion

    Writing Process:

    • Planning: Generates ideas and can sketch across pages to plan writing
    • Revising: Reviews pictures and writing to add details
    • Editing: Rereads writing to check for punctuation and appropriate use of capital letters
    • Spelling: Applies grade-level word study concepts and uses the word wall to help with spelling
    • Writing Habits: Draws and writes with grade-level stamina, volume and engagement
    • Handwriting: Writes legibly and efficiently


    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