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1st Grade Spelling Word List

1st grade spelling word list, written on a desk

This 1st grade spelling word list is an all-purpose list, made of a combination of long vowel words, short vowel words, first grade sight words, and more -- all in one 200-word list.    

1st Grade Spelling Word List

Printable 1st grade word list

a all am an and
are as at ate bad
bag bake band bat be
bed bee bell best big
bike bill bit black blue
bone box boy brown bug
bun bus but by came
can cap car cat come
cone cub cut dad day
did dig dip do down
drive dry eat feet fill
find first fit five fog
for four frog from fun
funny game get girl go
green had hand has have
he hen her hid hill
his hit hog hop hope
hot how hug I if
in into is it jet
job jump kid land late
let lid like lip little
log lot make man many
map may meet men mom
mop more my name need
nest no nose not of
on one or over part
pay pen pet pig pin
plan play pop rag ran
red ride rip rose rug
rule run sad sand sat
saw say see she side
sit six sleep slide so
some spot stone stop sun
tag tap tell test than
that the then they thin
this three time tip to
top tree try tub two
up was water way we
were what when wig will
win with yellow you zip

Parents: Practice these words in spare moments with your child. When you see these words on packages and signs, draw her attention to them. Make flashcards to practice both reading and spelling skills. 

Teachers: In addition to the parental tips above, use these words for spelling games, worksheets and other activities.

More Important First Grade Spelling Words

You'll find additional words for your first graders at these links:

1st grade sight words - These 40 Dolch words are the most important words for first graders to read instantly and spell easily. We also have the complete Dolch Word list for preprimer through 3rd grade levels. Find two sets of flash cards for first grade sight words here.

175 first grade vocabulary words - page 1

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!   

1st Grade Spelling Games & Worksheets

big green tree

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

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

phonemic awareness game - Letter Lane

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 learning activities - Learning to spell was never so much fun! No paper and pencil required for these simple ways to sound out words and practice spelling around the house or at school. Practice the words in our 1st grade spelling word list in lots of different ways!

1st grade writing prompts

 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.

Why Use Spelling Games & Worksheets with Early Learners?

 There are at least TWO main reasons:

1) Young ones need a lot of repetition. We know that most kids need many exposures to important information before they retain it and are able to repeat it. So don't make all of that repetition be in the form of writing words over and over, or orally spelling words again and again.

2) Children respond best to fun, friendly formats. Sprinkle in some fun worksheets and many different types of games, such as the ones I've written for you here. Give positive comments, encouraging kids to stay in the game, or stay on the page even if their work is not perfect. 

Word Puzzles

Toy truck

Let's Play!  Kids can try their skills at unscrambling ten simple, well-known toys. While they're playing around with the letters, they'll get in a little bit of spelling practice, too! 

Down on the Farm - A simple list of ten common sights on a farm. Let your child try to solve them alone, or work together. Great for family time or in the classroom. 

Barrel of monkeys

Scrambled Animals Crossword - Unscramble the names of 15 well-known animals and write them correctly into the puzzle. It's more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

Author Ann Richmond Fisher

Ann Richmond Fisher is a longtime published educational writer, a former classroom teacher and a former homeschool teacher. Ann's spelling bee resources, graded spelling word lists, spelling games, worksheets, and other language arts resources have become respected around the globe since she launched Spelling-Words-Well in 2010.

Ann is also the creator of www.word-game-world.com.

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