In first grade, kids will read stories galore about all sort of animals, real and imaginary. They'll work hard to “decode” the words—learn how their letter sounds fit together—but teachers will also want them to “comprehend” what they're reading as a whole. What is the story about? Who are the main characters? What happens first, middle, and last?
Here's a way that you can encourage your first grade reader to develop this kind of comprehension, using common, recycled items while you're at it!