First Grade Games

First grade is an important milestone for kids, and is a time of great academic exploration. Our innovative 1st grade games teach kids the reading and writing skills necessary for future academic success. Further, our first grade learning games introduce the concepts of time, money, and the meaning of numbers. First graders can also study basic science lessons including the elements of water, weather, space, the human body, and nature. Stimulating and fun, your children will have endless opportunities to learn with Turtle Diary's free online first grade games.

First Grade Skills

Limitless energy and incredible imagination swirl around the mind of a first grader. But what do they actually need to know in order to graduate to the next grade level? Check our list below, knowing that Turtle Diary will support them in achieving these milestones…and more!

Language Arts

  • Sight word mastery & increased vocabulary and spelling rules/skills
  • Retelling & creation of stories, including all structural elements
  • Legible handwriting, including their name & simple words & sentences
  • Parts of speech: nouns (singular & plural)
  • Identifying fiction from nonfiction
  • Basic punctuation & grammar, including end punctuation and basic capitalization


  • Number recognition from 1-100, including written and oral identification
  • Skip counting by 2, 5, & 10
  • Addition & subtraction from 0-20
  • Basic geometrical identification of shapes & patterns
  • Time skills, including digital and analog to the half-hour
  • Money skills, including coin identification and paying for items with them
  • Identification of mathematical symbols, including +, -, =, >, <, etc.
  • Measurement, including units, rulers, and thermometers

Social Studies

  • Identification of the United States, 7 continents, and 5 oceans
  • Map reading using a compass rose, map key, and cardinal directions
  • Basic understanding of current events
  • Traditions related to holidays
  • Cultural etiquette
  • Timelines to show the passage of time and important events
  • Diversity and cultural awareness


  • Using their 5 senses for observation
  • Basic earth & life science, including living vs. nonliving things, including life cycles
  • Science tools for measurement and observation, including magnifying glass, ruler, scales, etc.
  • Recording findings/observations in drawings, charts, etc.

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