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First Grade Spelling Words

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Here's a basic list of 100 first grade spelling words to use throughout the year.  This list contains only short vowel sounds, with some consonant blends. We've arranged the words in word families.

Students also need to study words with long vowel sounds as well as words for colors, numbers, nouns and verbs.

  Printable list of First Grade Spelling Words

at bat cat sat that
an can ran man plan
ad dad had sad bad
ag bag rag tag brag
ap cap map tap slap
and land sand band hand
ed bed red fed sled
en hen men pen when
et pet jet get let
ell bell tell yell smell
est best nest rest test
id did hid lid kid
ig big dig pig wig
ill bill fill hill spill
in pin win thin spin
ip dip lip zip tip
it bit fit hit sit
ob job mob rob sob
og hog fog log frog
op pop hop top stop
ot hot lot not spot
ub cub rub tub club
ug bug dug hug rug
un fun bun run sun
ut but cut nut rut

Tips for Teaching First Grade Spelling Words

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Remember to present only a few  spelling words at a time at this level, no more than 5-10 words a week. Provide lots of practice in many different formats with new spelling words.

Give students words that are meaningful to them, words that they already use.

More First Grade Resources

first grade writing prompts

First Grade Writing Prompts - 2 sets in all, each with 12 fun prompts to promote literacy.  Here are just a few examples:  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? Try them all!

Elementary spelling games - Color Land game board

Color Land GameKids practice spelling color words as they try to reach the finish line. 

Roll It! - Easy-to-make spelling word games. Roll the consonants around the tube to spell new words. It's the perfect format for teaching some of the words above in word families. Great at home or at school. 

Hands Up and Hop to It!- These simple, fun games will get your kids' attention, and keep it. 

See our complete collections of Sight Word Games and Spelling Word Games!

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We have lots of First Grade Worksheets to help your early learners practice their spelling words.

Try some of our Phonics Activities, too!

magnetic letters that spell "I Love You Dad"

5 Fun, Simple First Grade Learning Activities - Most work especially well for families to do at home. You'll be laughing and learning together. Did we mention that these are FUN?

Find more 1st  Grade Spelling Word Lists and Activities here.  We have a BUNCH!


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Think-a-Spell eBook from www.spelling-words-well.com

Think-a-Spell eBook: 365 Brain Teasers and Spelling Challenges for Ages 10 to Adult  

Young Spellers Spelling Bee Word List

Young Spellers Spelling Bee Word List for Grades 1 & 2 

AnyWord Spelling Practice eBooks

 AnyWord Spelling Practice Series Worksheets, games & prompts that work with almost ANY spelling words! 

Fun Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1-2

Fun Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1/2  50 All-new reproducible pages for early learners!