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First Grade Reading Worksheets

(with practice in spelling and writing, too!)

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It's nice to get the maximum benefit from all of your first grade reading worksheets, right? That's why I think you'll like the page I've created here.  Your first grader will want to read his very own story again and again! 

Be sure to explain the directions the first time your students complete this page called "My New Job."

Full-Size Printable Worksheet

1st grade reading worksheet: My New Job

First Grade Reading Worksheets Directions

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

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

3. Then ask the student to read the complete story to himself/herself.

4. Finally, ask the student to read his/her 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.

Additional Learning Activites

Try This!

You can find another simple story using the same format
on this first grade reading worksheet.

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

Partner Activity

Kids love the unpredictability and fun-factor of these types of stories. Wouldn't it be great if you could create more and more of these? Well, perhaps some of your students can! While it's a bit tricky for young learners to reverse-engineer this kind of story, you'd be surprised how well they can do with a little help. Here's how:

1. Assign students to work in pairs.

2. Ask them to work together to write the name of an object and the name of a place.

3. Write this sentence on the board for all to see. Tell each pair of students to read this sentence, putting their new words into the blank. (Object goes in the first blank, place goes in the second.)

            I left my ___________  in _____________.

4. Challenge them to think of their own new simple sentence and word pair prompts to give another team of students to try!

Soon you'll be on your way to having students engaged in reading, writing, spelling, and creating more classroom activities!

Best of all, they will be ENJOYING the process!

More First Grade Worksheets

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Here are some more fun, free, educational worksheets for your early learners:

Word family 1st grade worksheets - Worksheet and booklet templates so your 1st graders can practice any word family anytime! Using word families is a fun way for 1st graders to learn to spell, read and write. So I've created these special worksheets to make it easy for you to use word families, whether you're a classroom teacher, homeschool teacher or a parent who wants extra activities to do at home.

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 phonics worksheets - 5 free printables provide practice with simple short vowel words for kindergarten and first grade students.

A Fun Day: 1st grade reading and spelling worksheet - Give your students reading, writing and spelling practice with this individualized story 

Start the Picture and Winter Fun - 2 worksheets for first grade practice with beginning consonants and consonant blends. Kids use pictures to figure out the first letters of ten well-known objects in the first page; they'll match consonant blends in the second page. 

More Fun Resources

We have lots of free spelling word games, spelling worksheets, sight words games and activities and phonics worksheets and activities. See just two examples from our large collections below. Use the tabs on the left to find more!

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What's Missing? - Try these games to build reading, spelling and memory skills!

More Activities to Learn Basic Sight Words! - Links to popular sight word lists and activities.

Word Scramble Worksheets & Crosswords

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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! 

Number Spelling Scramble - Students will practice the correct spellings of some tricky number words with this fun page. It's a great way for kids to get in some extra practice with some frequently-misspelled words. 

Down on the Farm Scramble - 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. 

See all my word scramble worksheets

sight words puzzle grid - easy crossword puzzle

Sight Words Crossword  This fun, easy crossword puzzle provides a great way to give your young students practice with important sight words. Students will read, write and spell simple sight words in context.

Word Families Crossword Puzzle - Find a word for each clue that belongs to the same word family as the BOLD words. Fun, easy printable crossword puzzle for elementary and ESL students. 

Visit my larger collection of Easy Crosswords

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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