Here’s a free printable list of Grade 1 spelling words. There are 32 weekly spelling lists with 10 first grade words per list.
About These 1st Grade Spelling Words
First graders will learn to spell 320 words. These first grade spelling lists include 174 FRY words (the first 100 plus 74 others). And 138 of the words are Dolch words.
Most of the weekly spelling lists are based on word families. This makes it easier to progressively teach kids the phonics and sounds they need to know to learn how to spell these 1st grade spelling words.
All these elementary spellings lists are secular.
How to Teach Grade 1 Spelling
A typical school year has 36 weeks.
The grade 1 spelling words are divided into 32 weeks.
The first 4 Weeks
Before jumping into learning to spell, kids need to begin to build a foundation in phonics. Spend the first 4 weeks focusing on:
- the alphabet
- the sounds the letters make
- learning to write letters
- beginning to read, etc.
The Next 32 Weeks
You can download the master spelling list at the bottom of this page.
You can also view the spelling words by weeks. The phonics skills to teach kids weekly are also listed in the links below:
Weeks 1 – 8 (has a free printable word shapes puzzle for each week)
Weeks 9 – 12 (also has weekly word shape puzzles)
Free Printable 1st Grade Spelling Words
The free printable pdf of the 32 weekly spelling lists for first grade can be downloaded below:
Here are the spelling lists for future grades:
- Grade 2 Spelling Words
- Grade 3 Spelling Words
- Grade 4 Spelling Words
- Grade 5 Spelling Words
- Grade 6 Spelling Words
Grades 2 – 6 are all theme based. No more boring lists of random words to learn.
A spelling workbook to go along with these words is in the process of being created.