First Grade Spelling Help

Worksheets & Lists of Spelling Words for Spelling Tests

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First Grade Spelling Help - Spelling Word Lists, Lessons, Activities, Printable Worksheets

First grade spelling help by parents for the weekly spelling test of an assigned weekly list of spelling words can start as a weekly ritual as early as first grade. Home spelling test preparation, often with lists of spelling words for several subjects (history, science etc) can continue through middle school. Children (with help from their parents) should practice their list of spelling words the night before the spelling test.

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First Grade Spelling Help - Learning the Sequence of Spelling Skills

First, understand what the spelling curriculum is for first grade. In first grade, the spelling words start with basic Consonant-Vowel-Consonant words. An example of the starting point for these first grade spelling lists for the start of the year are: DAD and MOM. Children then start to expand the list by working through "word families". From DAD, in first grade spelling, the curriculum, worksheets, and then spelling tests would cover BAD, SAD, HAD, and MAD. Also, they might vary the vowel and go to DID. A list of first grade spelling words might start with CAT and include BAT, FAT, and SAT as well as CAR and BAR. In first grade, spelling skills should grow to cover the blends such as T plus R make the TR sound such as in TREE. F and R blend to make the FR sound in FROG.

First grade spelling games, spelling worksheets, and spelling bee activities teach first grade spelling skill. A first grade spelling activity provides an opportunity for children to get the spelling skill to read most two syllable words. These very young children learn through spelling activities including many creative methods that make the first grade spelling program fun for them. First grade spelling includes home spelling help, spelling words, spelling games, spelling tests, and other spelling activity.

Going Beyond Weekly Memorizations to Help First Grade Spelling Skills

In addition to preparation for the weekly spelling test or spelling bee, parents should help children master their spelling foundation skills and understand the patterns that establish the construction and spelling of the English language.

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First Grade Spelling Program - What spelling words?

Time4Learning teaches a comprehensive first grade spelling curriculum using fun, first grade spelling activities to build a solid spelling foundation. Help your child excel in spelling, learn more about Time4Learning's first grade spelling lessons, curriculum, activities and worksheets.

First Grade Spelling Program and Curriculum Standards:
Spelling Words - Words for Spelling Games, Spelling Tests, Home Spelling Help

add
after
again
any
apart
apple
arm
baby
bake
bang
banana
bark
beat
been
being
belt
bent
best
bill
bike
bird
birth
bone
born
black
blew
block
blue
book
brag
bring
brook
brother
brown
bush
came
cane
card
cart
case
chain
chair
chalk
chat
chin
chop
clam
clan
clap
class
claw
clay
clean
clover
cloud
crayon
club
coat
come
cook
cool
corn
could
cram
crew
crib
crow
crowd
crown
cube
dark
deal
desk
dew
dime
dine
dirt
doll
door
draw
dress
drink
drop
dull
each
east
easy
eight
eleven
end
every
fang
farther
fast
father
fell
few
field
fill
fine
first
flag
flat
flew
flower
fog
fool
foot
fort
free
fresh
from
game
gang
gave
gift
girl
give
glad
going
golf
gone
grape
grass
gray
green
grew
grit
gull
had
hand
hang
happy
hard
harm
has
have
heat
heavy
help
here
hide
hill
hint
home
hope
horn
how
hush
ill
inside
into
jaw
joke
juice
jump
just
keep
king
kite
know
last
lake
late
like
lime
line
live
look
love
luck
made
maid
make
many
map
mask
may
meal
meat
meet
men
mice
milk
mine
mint
mix
moon
more
morning
mother
much
mule
must
nail
name
neat
neck
nest
never
next
new
nine
noon
nose
note
now
odd
of
old
once
open
orange
other
over
pain
pants
part
pave
pear
pen
pencil
pets
pick
pink
plan
plant
play
poor
pretty
print
punch
purple
put
rain
rang
rank
read
ride
river
road
rock
rode
room
rope
round
rub
rubber
sail
sale
same
sank
save
see
seed
seen
seep
sell
send
seven
shall
shape
sink
shake
shirt
ship
shoes
shop
show
shut
sick
side
size
sled
sleep
slip
slow
sister
smell
snail
snap
snore
snow
snug
six
soda
sofa
sold
some
soon
spit
star
start
stay
step
stew
still
stir
stone
stool
stop
stove
straw
string
such
summer
sun
swing
table
tail
take
tale
tank
team
tell
ten
tent
test
thank
their
them
then
these
they
thick
thing
think
third
this
time
today
took
train
trip
truck
trust
try
twelve
thank
them
then
there
think
those
tree
under
upon
use
used
very
vest
vote
wait
walk
want
was
water
well
were
west
when
which
white
who
will
wing
winter
with
woman
women
yell
zero
zone

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Comprehensive First Grade Spelling and Language Arts Curriculum

Spelling skills should develop as part of an overall language arts phonemic awareness, phonics, reading comprehension, vocabulary and reading fluency, grammar, reading and writing program. Children should (with help from their parents) develop their foundational spelling skills through an interest in words, regular writing, constant reading, a study of spelling rules, and playing of spelling games. Skilled, fluent readers are the culmination of the successful learning of a broad array of pre-reading and reading skills. Irrespective of family background, learning to be a skilled speller is often not a trouble-free process. Spelling programs, personalized tutoring, reading workbooks, spelling games, and structured computer spelling programs can help teach or reinforce these skills.

Some children need spelling practice, while others need more intensive remedial spelling programs. Parents can help their children with the spelling process by providing high-quality educational materials, establishing a pattern of daily spelling and reading, instructing through guided spelling activity, creating a rich language environment, discussing a child's progress with teachers, and following up on their recommendations.

Time4Learning offers fun, computer spelling and reading programs, which help reinforce spelling skills at home through educational activities and learning games. Learn more about Time4Learning's computer reading programs, we offer activities for kids, preschool to eighth grade.

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Reading Comprehension Activities for First Grade Students

To help students understand how to interact with the text, you can practice a number of reading activities. You must make them privy to the dialogue readers have with themselves while reading. Here is an example of the self monitoring reading comprehension questions that skilled readers ask themselves:

  1. Predict what will happen next in a story using clues presented in text.
  2. Create questions about the main idea, message, or plot of the text.
  3. Monitor understanding of the sequence, context, or characters.
  4. Clarify parts of the text which have confused them.
  5. Connect the events in the text to prior knowledge or experience.

To give your kid a window into the self-monitoring that skilled readers engage in as they read, demonstrate some of the reading activities for students listed above while you read aloud with them. Periodically stop and ask questions to make sure that they comprehend the story.

If you are reading a confusing passage, stop and say, "I didn't understand that. Did you?" Ask them to interpret the text, and after listening to their interpretation, say: "Interesting, Let's check and read this part again." Reread the passage and then discuss your new understanding.

Time4Learning teaches reading comprehension skills in a number of ways. There are variety of reading activities for students, which help young readers develop skills in approaching, reading, and interpreting text. Take a demo of Time4Learning's computer reading programs.

*Spelling and Language Arts Standards are defined by each state. Time4Learning bases its use of first grade spelling and language arts standards on the national bodies that recommend curriculum and standards and the interpretations of it by a sampling of states notably Florida, Texas, and California.

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