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

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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.

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

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.

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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