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1st Grade Reading Worksheets 

(with practice in spelling and writing, too!)

two first grade boys, arm in arm

Everyone knows that 1st grade reading worksheets provide great practice in the fundamentals of phonics and early decoding and literacy skills. But did you know that printable pages can also offer extra practice in SPELLING and WRITING skills, too? My customizable worksheets on this web page do just that!

Whether you're a teacher or a parent, you can provide your youngsters with solid skill-building while they have fun!  

I chose the picture above because friends are also very important in 1st grade. So why not let your students complete these pages with friends, or at least share the results with all their friends in class? The fun results will encourage kids to complete the page again and again! 

You'll need to help the students with the directions the first time they complete the page. After that, they'll be fine to work independently. 

Printable Worksheet

1st grade reading worksheet: My New Job

Directions for Independent Work

1. Give the student the word list on the top half of the worksheet. Ask him to spell any word that fits the category.

2. Give the student the bottom half, or the story. Ask him to copy each word from his word list into the matching blank in the story.

3. Then ask the student to read his story to himself.

4. Finally, ask the student to read his story to you! If you're working with a large group of students, you may have to spread out the sharing time over the course of the day or week.

5. If time permits, encourage students to illustrate their stories. Post them on the wall or place them in a take-home folder. 

Directions for Partner Work

1. Give each student the word lists on the top half of their worksheets. Ask each pair of students to work together to spell any word that fits the category. Each student should complete a separate word list, but kids may work together to think of words and figure out the spellings.

2. Give the students the bottom half, or the story parts of their worksheets. instruct each child to copy the words from their lists into the matching blanks in the story.

3. Then ask the students to read their stories to each other.

4. Finally, ask the students to read their stories to the entire class. Again, if you're working with a large group of students, you may have to spread out the sharing time over the course of the day or week.

5. Same as above. 

Extended activities

  • For extra writing practice, you may also want to ask the student to copy the entire story in his own handwriting.
  • Now that the student has heard the story, give him a fresh copy of the story and ask him to fill in the blanks with new, even funnier words!

You can find another page with a similar format on this
first grade reading worksheet.

More 1st Grade Reading Worksheets

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Number word practice - 3 printable worksheets to practice spelling and simple addition and subtraction facts. The fun twists I've added will make your kids want to finish each page correctly! 

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Free Phonics Worksheets - These free 1st grade reading worksheets will grab your students' attention and provide important practice with phonics skills.

Alphabet Phonics Booklet - Students customize their own pages in this A to Z phonics activity.

Phonics Flash Cards - A free printable set for the entire alphabet. Kids can color their own cards.

Fun Spelling Worksheets eBook

Be sure to check out my collection of Fun Spelling Worksheets for grades 1 and 2. 

You'll find lots of all-new pages, not on the website, to help boost your first and second graders' spelling and phonics skills!

First Grade Vocabulary Words  1st graders will enjoy this great list of 175 words! Find them first in alphabetical order, then secondly, see 100 of the words in 9 popular categories including sports, people, animals, the outdoors, compound words and more! Use these words to build vocabulary skills in ESL students and every other student, too!   What about desert with a dragon, or lunch with a llama?

First Grade Writing Prompts

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Set #1 - What would you like to ask a frog? What if one of your toys came to life? What would you say to someone who is sad to make them feel better? A total of 12 age-appropriate 1st grade writing prompts.

Set #2 - What would the cow see if he jumped over the moon? Where will the treasure map lead you? What part of the day do you like best? Find nine more similar writing prompts for kids. 

See our entire collection of Phonics Games & Activities. You're sure to find something just right for the skills your kids need to practice!

Free Alphabet Games - Two easy games to play with a group of early learners! Try our free alphabet games with your early learners.  They're simple to play, and fun to use again and again!  In the first game, kids guess what letters are taped on their backs. In the second, they learn about alphabetical order.

Sight Word Games - See our entire collection for one that's exactly right for your group!

phonemic awareness game board

Letter Lane - A phomenic awareness board game that features beginning consonant sounds for the letters b,d,f and m. No reading is necessary.

Picture This Phonic Game - We think your early learners will enjoy this activity featuring short vowel words. Which player can cover the most pictures?

First Grade Word Lists

Make sure your students practice words from all of these lists:

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