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Grade 1


What your child is learning

Grade 1 students

  • count to 100 in different ways (e.g., skip-counting by 5s and 10s)
  • show, describe and compare quantities to 20
  • recognize groups of 1–10 objects at a glance
  • understand and apply strategies for addition facts up to and including 9 + 9 and related subtraction facts
  • recall addition facts to a sum of 5 and related subtraction facts
  • solve a problem and talk about how they did it and why
  • connect numbers to everyday life, such as while reading a story or solving problems that involve the number of people in their family
  • recognize and create repeating patterns
  • sort objects, using one characteristic, and explain the sorting rule
  • compare, sort and reproduce 2-D shapes and 3-D objects
  • use measurements to order and compare objects

For more about Grade 1 Mathematics, refer to the program of studies.

How your child is assessed

Your child’s learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask your child’s teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you and your child’s teacher about your child’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well your child is doing throughout the course. Your child’s teacher can then change or refine their teaching plans to ensure that learning activities better meet the needs of your child. At the end of the course, your child is assessed and their achievement is reported so that you know if they have achieved the expected learning outcomes for their grade.

Resources to help your child

A variety of digital and print resources, developed by publishers, Alberta Education or Alberta teachers, are available to help students learn. Teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your child. Visit to learn more about the resources your child may encounter.

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