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Fundations®: Level 1


Level 1 of Fundations® reinforces the basic skills that were learned in Kindergarten and progresses further into the study of word structure.

Curriculum Overview

By the end of Level 1, students will be able to: 

  • Segment syllables into sounds (phonemes)–up to 5 sounds
  • Name sounds of primary consonants, consonant digraphs, and short and long vowels when given letters
  • Name and write corresponding letter(s) when given sounds for consonants, consonant digraphs, and short and long vowels
  • Print all uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Distinguish long and short vowel sounds
  • Name sounds for r-controlled vowels
  • Name sounds for vowel digraphs and vowel diphthongs
  • Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words
  • Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phonemic awareness and spelling conventions
  • Read and spell the first 100 high frequency words, including irregular words (trick words)
  • Identify word structures such as blends, digraphs, basewords, suffixes, syllable types (closed and vowel-consonant-e syllables)
  • Read and spell CVC, CCVC, CVCC, CCVCC, CVCe words
  • Read and spell compound words and other words with two syllables by breaking them into syllables
  • Read and spell words with -s, -es, -ed, -ing suffixes when added to non-changing basewords
  • Apply correct punctuation (period, question mark, exclamation point)
  • Apply capitalization rules for beginning of sentences and names of people, places and dates
  • Explain major differences between fictional stories and informational text
  • Explain narrative story structure including characters, settings and main events
  • Retell key details of a fictional story and demonstrate understanding
  • Use illustrations and/or details in a story to describe its characters, settings, and events
  • Ask and answer questions about key details in a text
  • Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text
  • Identify specific words in a story that tell or suggest details
  • Identify who is telling the story at various points in a text
  • Identify the main topic and retell key details of informational text
  • Identify and explain new meanings for familiar words and newly taught words
  • Produce and expand complete simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences in response to prompts
  • Construct complete sentences using vocabulary words
  • Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase
  • Identify frequently occurring root words (e.g., look) and their inflectional forms (e.g., looks, looked, looking)
  • Sort words into categories to gain a sense of the concept the category represents
  • Define words by category and by one or more key attributes
  • Apply beginning dictionary skills
  • Identify real-life connections between words and their use
  • Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future
  • Read controlled stories with fluency, expression and understanding

Do your rising first graders need extra support before beginning the Level 1 curriculum? Consider Fundations Ready to Rise™ Level 1 for rising first graders.