Could you still pass first grade?

Olivia Seitz

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About This Quiz

Children of 5 to 7 years of age start their formal schooling in first grade. As kids adjust to the classroom setting, they have plenty to learn. Do you know what a first grader does? Find out now!

What is the correct abbreviation for a time in the morning?

Morning times are designated with the abbreviation "AM," while afternoon and evening times are designated with the abbreviation "PM."

What color is a ladybug?

First graders are still learning how to describe the world around them, and thus they are encouraged to write down information about what they see. If they're describing a ladybug, for example, a good response would be that it is a round bug, colored red or orange, with black spots.

Which of the following is the tallest: a man, a dog, a house or a skyscraper?

Comparing lengths is another subject often introduced in first grade. Children should recognize that a building with many stories is taller than any man, dog or house.

In the Harry Potter series, who is the main character?

First graders learn how to identify main characters and supporting characters in works of fiction. In the Harry Potter books, Harry Potter is unequivocally the main character.

How many days are there in a week?

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday make for seven days in the week.

What taste is associated with lemons?

First graders often learn the categories used to describe the flavor of food: sweet, sour, bitter, savory and salty. Lemons are notorious for their sour flavor, which is due to their high acidity.

In the following sentences, what does David want to do? "David was too short to go down the slide by himself. He watched his brothers and sisters and wished he could go too."

In first grade, students begin to develop reading comprehension. They should be able to understand and answer questions about the content of a book or a paragraph that they have read.

How many sides does a triangle have?

A triangle is a shape with three sides. The prefix "tri-" indicates three.

If you were asked to find the location of the Statue of Liberty on a map, which state should you select?

Most first graders don't have a map of the U.S. memorized, but they can often identify important places, such as the location of America, the state they live in, etc.

Which of the following floats in water?

A rock, a gold necklace and a chocolate bar would all sink, but a feather would float. The reason is that the feather has a lower density than water.

What is the result of 13 - 6?

Addition and subtraction are both covered in first grade for low numbers. 6 + 7 = 13, so 13 - 6 = 7.

Identify the name for the following number: 33.

In first grade, children learn to count from one to one hundred (if they don't already know how). They learn to associate the numbers with their names.

Which of the following is not a bug?

While first graders learn the names of the things in the world around them, they also learn how to group and differentiate them. In this case, the question asks a student to determine which thing is not like the others.

Which of these words could clarify how you feel if you're not well?

First graders continue to learn more vocabulary to describe how they feel and what they see. Learning to differentiate between different kinds of feeling bad or feeling good is a natural part of this process.

Which of these body parts is not used for sensing?

Eyes, ears, nose, mouth - these all provide sensory information like taste and smell. Lungs are quite useful for breathing, but they aren't typically used for sensing.

Drawing the diameter of a circle divides it into what?

A diameter cuts the circle into two equal pieces, known as semicircles. Half of a diameter is called a radius; it does not divide the circle into multiple pieces.

What is the result of 3 x 3?

Some first graders begin learning times tables, especially for square numbers like 9, 16, and 25.

Fix the capitalization: "the dog ran to its Owner, mary."

Proper nouns (such as names of people and places) should be capitalized, as well as the beginning of a sentence. Since "owner" is not a proper noun and it is in the middle of a sentence, it should not be capitalized.

Which of these months comes earliest in the year?

First graders learn about the calendar months and start memorizing their order. Out of the four months listed, April is the first to arrive.

How many vowels are in the word "cat"?

The word "cat" contains one vowel - an "a." First graders should know that the English alphabet contains 26 letters.

Children typically recite the Pledge of ______ in class.

Many American school children recite the Pledge of Allegiance each morning before class. The right hand should be placed over the heart while reciting the pledge.

Which of these numbers is the smallest?

Comparing numbers is another common exercise in first grade. Many students will use flashcards with > or < signs to compare the numbers they're learning.

If the long hand and the short hand on a clock both point to the 12, what time is it?

The long hand tells the minutes and the short hand tells the hour. If both point to the twelve, it's either noon or midnight.

Which of these is a unit of measurement?

While all are units of measurement, they measure different things. Distance can be measured in feet, temperature in degrees Celsius, and volume in liters.

A comic book is an example of what?

First graders learn how to distinguish fiction from nonfiction. While learning that Spider-Man isn't real might be a letdown, it helps children learn about reality vs. imagination.

Correct the grammar and punctuation in the following sentence: "my mom and me like cats"

"My" needs to be capitalized, "me" should be changed to "I" and a period must be added to the end of the sentence.

If you draw the diagonal on a square, into how many parts have you broken the square?

Drawing the diagonal on a square separates it into two distinct parts. Each part is half the size of the original.

Air is an example of a ______.

First graders often learn to differentiate between solids, liquids and gases. Filling a balloon with helium is a fun way to demonstrate the properties of gases to kids.

A description of the White House in Washington, D.C., would be _______.

This particular type of nonfiction is descriptive writing, which paints a picture with words for the reader.

Man walking on the moon is an event that happened/happens when?

Most first graders can understand something that happened before now, something that's happening now, and something that may happen later. If you said that man walked on the moon in 1969, that number wouldn't mean much to them.

The number 15 is made up of...

Composite numbers like 15 are often taught in terms of tens and ones. Ten plus five ones makes fifteen.

Which of these is not a federal holiday?

All Hallows' Eve (also known as Halloween) is not a federal holiday. Many Americans celebrate holidays that are not "official" federal holidays. In fact, only ten days in the year are federal holidays.

If something is divided into quarters, it's divided into how many parts?

Cutting an apple into quarters, for example, would give four different people one piece each. Similarly, four U.S. quarters make one dollar.

How does adding the letter "e" to the end of a word change its pronunciation?

Consider the difference between "hat" and "hate." The first has a short vowel sound and the second has a long vowel sound.

What punctuation should be used at the end of this sentence

Any question properly ends with a question mark. A declarative sentence ends with a period.

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