Seven Effective First Grade Assessment Tools

Have you been looking for some effective first grade assessment tools to use in your classroom?   Here is a list of assessment tools that you may want to consider when testing your first graders.

First Grade Assessment Tools

Unlike upper grade students who commonly use written tests or work to assess student progress, younger students reading and writing skills are not developed enough to show what they know. Therefore, other first-grade assessments can be used to meet their needs.   

1. Checklists

A checklist is a first-grade assessment tool that lists certain concepts or behaviors that students should know.  Teachers can easily check each item on the list noting whether the student has met the objective or not. 

Checklists can be done over a long period of time, or for one set of objectives for a specific time. 

Here are some examples of checklists first-grade teachers may use:

  • Letter/number recognition
  • Letter sounds
  • Sight words
  • Phonemic Segmentation Fluency
  • Nonsense Words Fluency

Here is an example of a First Grade Quick Assessment Checklist. 

First Grade Assessment Tools

2. Interactive Responses

Interactive responses can be a quick way to assess what students know. Students are actively participating in the lesson by responding to the teacher’s questions all together.

It provides immediate feedback to the teacher, who can make note of students who may be having difficulty with a certain concept or adjust their instruction.

Some examples of interactive responses:

  • Students give a thumbs up or down
  • Write answer on white board
  • Turn to partner and respond
  • Digital classroom response systems

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3. Teacher Observations

One of the most powerful assessment tools for first-grade teachers is observation.  As students practice skills teachers can observe and make notes on whether student is understanding a skill.

Some teachers carry a pad of sticky notes and write down their observations about their students.  Then they place these notes in a notebook with a page for each individual student.  Teachers can go back to these notes when creating small groups, filling out report cards and meeting with parents.

First Grade Assessment Tools

4. Conference

Students at this grade level often know more than they can show you in a written assessment.  A short individual or small conference can be the best way for a student to show their understanding of a skill.

Conferencing is also a way for the teacher to give students direct feedback on what they are doing well and what they still need to work on. 

A teacher may hold a conference for all subject areas, but most teachers hold reading, writing and math conferences.

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5. Journals

In first grade, journals are a way to show what a student knows using words, pictures, numbers or diagrams.  First-graders can organize their thoughts and summarize information in their own words.

Journals can be used in the following subject areas:

  • Social Studies

Here are some examples of journals I used in my classroom. 

Writing Journal

Rubrics are used to assess first-graders knowledge by describing a student’s level of performance on a certain skill or concept.  They can assess the following areas: 

A process that a student showed:

  • Physical skill: playing an instrument
  • Use of equipment: logging into a computer
  • Oral communication: reading aloud
  • Work habits: works independently

Products that a student has completed:

  • Construct object: science experiment
  • Written Work: report
  • Other academic products: math diagram, Venn diagram

Using rubrics allows teachers to zero in on specific student objectives they would like assessed.  

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First Grade Writing Rubric

7. Portfolio

A portfolio is a collection of each student’s work over a period.  This could be for the full year, marking period or semester.

Portfolios are organized by subject and hold examples of student’s work.  It allows the teacher, parents and student to see growth in all subject areas. 

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First grade assessment tools provide teachers with valuable information about each one of their students.  It allows them to modify instruction to meet the needs of the students and provides a total picture of each student’s strengths and weaknesses as a learner.

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Which students understanding the material and which ones need more support? Effective teachers actively monitor their students’ understanding and then differentiate so every student can succeed. It’s more than just testing their knowledge. Teachers need to ultimately adapt their teaching to suit students’ needs. That’s why these first grade formative assessment ideas are so important. Teaching remote? Don’t worry, we’ve got ideas for remote learning assessments too!

Gauge student learning while also giving your first graders a chance to move and wiggle.

1. True/False

Designate one corner of the room as the “True” zone and another as the “False” zone. Next, read a true-or-false question related to a recent lesson and ask students to move to the zone representing their answer. Once students have chosen a corner, ask them to pair up and share their thinking with a partner. Listen in on each group and include student’s comments in your class discussion of the correct answer to the question.

Not only does a game of True/False get students up and moving, but the speed at which students move toward the correct answer can tell you a lot about how confident they are in their answers. Likewise, students who seem to be tagging along with other students likely to need additional support in mastering the concept. If it seems like too many students are following others, have each student write down their answer before moving to the corner corresponding to their answer.

2. Act It Out

Inviting students to show what they know through full-body movements not only gives them a chance to wiggle but can also help deepen their understanding of a topic. Across the curriculum, look for ways to have students act out what they’ve learned. Some possibilities include creating short skits to summarize a concept, or becoming the “counters” in a math problem, or representing the hands of a clock, like teachers Stephanie and Loreal did with their first graders!

Still of children lying on the ground in a clock formation first grade assessment idea

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Gestures or visuals allow you to get a quick read on student understanding. They make the perfect first grade assessment strategies for your toolbox.

3. Traffic Lights

Colored plastic cups from a party store find new purpose when they become “traffic lights” for your first graders. Give each student a set of three cups: one red, one yellow, and one green. Explain the meaning of each color cup (listed below). As you teach a lesson, stop periodically to check in with students. Ask them to stack the cups so only the cup that reflects how they feel about their learning is showing. Remind students that it’s okay to show a red, yellow, or green light. Everyone learns at their own pace! Traffic light cups can also be used during independent work time as a way for students to let their teacher know they need help. An anchor chart  helps students remember what each color means.

  • Red Light = “Stop, I need help.”
  • Green Light = “Keep going, I understand.”
  • Yellow Light = “Slow down, I’m a little confused.”

4. Sign It with ASL

Teach your first graders how to sign the letters A, B, and C. Read a question aloud and give three possible answers, one for each letter. Ask students to wait to hear all responses. Now have students make the alphabet letter sign corresponding to the answer they chose. Instruct them to keep their letter sign in their lap until you call out “Eyes closed, letters up!” Once you’ve gauged the student responses, call out “Letters down and eyes on me!”

These assessment ideas make use of written/drawn responses, making them perfect for quiet times in the classroom.

Like quizzes, but without the stress, adding a Scoot session to your regular line up is a quick way to track student progress. Many first grade Scoot game templates exist online or you can create your own. Basic Scoot game instructions:

  • Prepare your question cards and place them around the room to create stations. Aim for 5-10 question stations depending on how much space and time you can allocate to the game.
  • Decide how much time you will give students to answer each question. This could be 30 seconds to two minutes depending on the question difficulty and the length of response you expect. Once the game begins, if it looks like students need more time, adjust accordingly. Scoot works best when students have the feeling of “racing the clock” but aren’t frustrated by not having enough time to finish their work.
  • Give each student a Scoot sheet with spaces for them to write their answer to the question they find at each station. The questions and the spaces should be numbered so students can easily match them up. Explain that students will work through the question stations in order, but that might not mean starting with question number one. For example, if they begin at station five, they will go to station six when it’s time to change stations.
  • To begin the game, have students start at the station nearest to them. Signal the start of the game with a bell, whistle, smartphone chime, or “ready, set, go!”
  • Start your timer. When time is up, use a sound to signal that it’s time to move to the next station. Repeat this process until all students have visited every station.

Scoot Variation: Instead of having students write their responses on response sheets they take from station to station, give each student a unique marker color or pencil color, and have them contribute a response at each station. For example, students could add a word using a certain letter or sound at each station, or add a number that is greater than/less than the number at each station. Using different colored markers or pencils makes it easier to tell if all students have contributed an answer and who might need additional support.

Still of first grade students for assessment ideas

Source: @primaryfairytales

6. W hiteboards

Give each student a small whiteboard and a marker. Ask students to draw or write their answers and then hold up their whiteboard. Scanning the room, it’s easy to see if students understand the material and which students need extra support.

7. Check-In Bulletin Board

Formative assessments become even easier when they become part of the fabric of the classroom space and routine. This is why Check-In Boards are worth their weight in wall space. At their simplest, Check-In Boards feature a space for each student to add a sticky note or exit ticket sharing something they learned from the lesson. Creating a dedicated space for student feedback makes it easy to see who has contributed and to gauge overall understanding.

Still of first grade assessment bulletin board ideas

Source: @primaryfairytales bulletin board

Channel your students’ love of talking with these oral assessment ideas.

8. Pair and Share

Simple but effective! As students talk, move around the room to listen in on their conversations. Pair and shares can be used in a variety of ways including:

  • Taking turns being the “teacher” who explains the main points of the lesson
  • Asking a partner to share how they feel about their level of understanding and what questions they still have about the topic
  • Discussing a question posed by the teacher
  • Applying what they’ve learned to a new situation

Using a large piece of cardboard and a utility knife, create a TV frame cut out. Make several additional TV frames so each small group can have their own frame. Write a selection of review questions on the board. Divide the class into small groups and invite students to take turns presenting their own 2-minute “TV show” in response to one of the review questions.

First Grade Assessment Ideas for Online Learning

Take advantage of these simple video call assessment ideas and helpful online tools to gauge student learning while teaching remotely.

10. Thumb-o-Meter

Before continuing on with a lesson, ask students to show a thumbs up, thumbs down or sideways thumb to show how they feel about their level of understanding:

  • Thumbs up = “I get it!” or “I can do it!”
  • Thumbs down = “I don’t get it!” or “I need help!”
  • Thumb to the side = “I kind of get it.” or “I could use some more practice.”

Assessments that feel like games are a stress-free way to learn more about what your students know. Using Kahoot as an assessment tool can be as simple as setting up a quick game of 10 questions for students to complete independently. As a class, Kahoot can be used to create a game show styled event. Students can respond via the chat window of their video conference platform or by writing their answer on paper and then holding it in front of the camera.

12. Google Forms

Google Forms are an indispensable tool for teaching online. They allow you to quickly create a survey with lots of different kinds of questions including multiple choice, short answer, long answer, checkboxes, and more. Use them for single question polls to take the pulse of the classroom, daily check-ins, exit tickets, or quizzes that grade themselves. Some teachers are even taking Google Forms to a whole new level by making them into a mystery game!

Still of Earth Day assessment idea for first grade students

Source: @firstgraderoars

For even more great resources for teaching first grade online, check out:  Your Guide to Teaching First Grade Online  and Tips and Tools for Making Online Assessments Work .

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9 Helpful 1st Grade Writing Rubrics & Worksheets

First grade writing rubrics are helpful tools for both you and your students when introducing an assignment and what is expected. They clearly outline what is to be included in the paragraph and will function as a reference for the students as they are writing. 

To introduce rubrics to first grade students, start by going over what is needed to earn the highest score in each category. Then give examples of what would earn the lowest score to give them an idea of what not to do. Once the assignment is completed, the rubric serves as a guide to help you grade.  

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Rubrics are used at every academic level from first grade to college and vary in complexity. The first basic component of a rubric will be the criteria items, depending on what the assignment focus is, such as punctuation, including verbs or nouns, etc. 

A rubric generally includes four levels of how well that criteria is met. A 4-by-4 rubric is a good place to start if it’s the first time your students are seeing one. As the year progresses you can add criteria to what you’ve previously used to introduce more concepts and a more complex rubric.  

You can find many lesson plans and rubrics on Teach Simple , a marketplace dedicated to helping teachers in the classroom by providing high quality materials that meet the standards of Common Core (USA) and Core Curriculums (CA, UK, AU). Additionally, all the materials provided are created by teachers themselves where they earn 50% of all revenue. In partnership with Teach Simple, I’ve gathered 9 helpful 1st grade writing rubrics to begin using in your classroom. Have a look!

  • First Grade Grammar Rubric From Learn For Your Life

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This rubric helps students focus on elements of grammar, such as spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. It contains four levels of grading and gives examples of what it means to fulfill each category. 

  • Ice Cream Stories Project with Rubric From Sarah’s Teaching Snippets

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Use this story rubric to go over all of the key elements introduced in writing and guide your student to a final assignment that combines them all. Students are asked to demonstrate an understanding of the story, form their own opinions, write with correct grammar and punctuation, and experiment with adding their own voice to their writing. 

  • Writing Editing Checklist By Nancy Vandenberge

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This easy rubric allows students to grade themselves, but it can also be used while they are writing as a guide. With only “yes” or “no” options, the criteria to be met is simple and reinforces the foundations of writing such as legibility, using proper spacing, punctuation, and writing on topic. 

  • Peer Review Editing Checklist From Fun In First

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This checklist rubric is designed to be used independently by the student to go over their own work, and then by a fellow student who can practice recognizing correct grammar, spelling, and flow in writing that is not their own. 

  • Built-in Rubrics From Firstieland

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The next rubric on our list streamlines the grading process by including the rubric on the assignment page to make grading easier and also allow students to reference the criteria. This topic is letter writing so it focuses on structure as well as all basic writing concepts.

  • Reading And Writing Rubric From Mrs. Jump’s Class

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This next set of rubrics are student friendly and designed to be used on a written response related to each of the 15 reading comprehension strategies . 

The top portion is for you to grade the content of their responses and the lower portion is for the students to reflect on the quality of their writing and how well they meet the fundamentals. 

  • Dinosaur Research Report, Editing Checklist, And Rubric From The Teacher Team

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This comprehensive research project was developed for students of various grades and writing abilities. You know your students best, so remove any pages that do not make sense for your students.

Included are the following that you may find helpful as a supplement pieces:

• An additional information page to be used to supplement any other parts of the report

• Blank page that can be copied to expand the report if needed

• Two different formats for note-taking pages, depending on how you want them to take notes or if you want to give them a choice.

• Rubric for the written report

• Editing/Revising Checklist to have students check their work themselves

  • Strengthen Your Writing Revision And Editing Activity By Have Fun Teaching

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This activity helps students develop their writing skills by going through all the stages of writing development including outlining, revising, and editing using a checklist rubric. 

  • Writing Concepts Rubric From Ahisd

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Organization, idea development, and writing conventions are the focus of this rubric designed for teacher use, but also can be used to explain the expectations of the assignment to the student. 

Each criteria has four levels of completion with examples, along with a suggestion of where the student is at with the concept to determine if they need more help in that area. 

A writing rubric at this level will contain three main categories. 

First is the prompt that they will be writing about, which will sometimes include the length of the assignment. Next are the criteria items—what the students need to include and what they will be graded on. The third category is the grading scale that shows how to earn the most points for each section and what will cause students to earn little to no points. These create the structure and format that allows you to assess their work using a 1st grade writing rubric. 

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