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How to read your child's report card

Grades 1 - 5

This is a guide to reading your first through fifth grade child's report card.


Number and Operations

  • Understands the concepts of counting, adding (putting together), subtracting (taking apart), multiplying (adding equal groups), and division (sharing equally)
  • Understands place value of numbers
    • Grades 1 and 2 – ones, tens, hundreds
    • Grades 3 through 5 – thousands, ten-thousands, hundred-thousands, tenths, hundredths, thousandths


  • Recognizes that fractions are represented by equal parts of a whole
  • Identifies and draws parts of a set


  • Understands patterns and relationships of number and objects
  • Sorts objects by more than one characteristic (size, shape, color)
  • Understands the meaning of greater than (>), less than (<), equal to (=)


  • Sorts and describes shapes (faces, base, edge, corner/vertices) including both three-dimensional (cube, sphere, cone, cylinder) and two-dimensional objects (circle, triangle, rectangle, squares)
  • Understands symmetry and transformation (slides, flips, turns)
  • Understands and uses vocabulary
    • Grade 1 – location words (near, far, close to) and direction words (left, right)
    • Grade 2 – direction words to include rows and columns
    • Grades 3 through 5 – uses common and geometric vocabulary (horizontal and vertical, locate/identify points on a grid, name ordered


  • Understands and applies concepts of time, money, temperature, length, perimeter, area, capacity/volume and weight

Data, Analysis, and Probability

  • Uses charts and graphs to gain information and make predictions
  • Describes the probability (chance) of an even

Language Arts


  • Comprehension
    • This is the purpose for reading; Recalls the main idea and details of what they have read and relates the information to their life
  • Fluency
    • Reads smoothly and with expression and inflection (read like you talk)
  • Vocabulary
    • Understands the meaning of words they hear, speak and read
  • Employs a variety of decoding strategies
    • Using each reader’s “toolbox” to identify unknown words
    • What makes sense? – Using picture clues, letter sounds, common word patterns, compound words, prefixes, suffixes, and word endings


  • Uses and spells words correctly in all written work

English / Writing

  • Content:
    • Writing sentences that relate to the main idea; Writing stories with a beginning, a middle and an end in the correct order
  • Style:
    • Uses just the right word, includes just the right information to create mood;
    • Writers personality shines through
  • Sentence Formation:
    • Uses complete sentences (simple to complex)
  • Usage:
    • Grammar
  • Mechanics:
    • Uses capital letters, commas, periods, question