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Grade 1 Spelling Words

Here’s a free printable list of 1st grade 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 throughout the year.

These first grade spelling lists include 174 FRY words (the first 100 plus 74 others). And 138 of the words are Dolch sight words.

A grade 1 spelling words pdf. This first grade spelling list covers 320 words and includes 174 FRY 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 for grade one at the bottom of this page. It’s free to download and print.

Online Option

You could also view the words online at the links below. The links include the phonics skills to teach kids weekly. There is also a free printable weekly word shapes puzzle to go along with the weekly words:

Spelling Workbook

There’s also a printable 204 page spelling workbook to help kids learn these words. It has:

  • the grade 1 spelling words
  • word shape puzzles
  • phonics worksheets
  • sentence dictation
  • vocabulary
  • handwriting
  • and more

It makes it really easy to teach your 1st grader spelling.

Free Printable 1st Grade Spelling Words

The free printable pdf of the 32 weekly spelling lists for first grade can be downloaded here:

More Spelling Lists by Grade

Here are the spelling words for future grades:

The spelling lists for grades 2 – 6 are all theme based. No more boring lists of random words to learn.


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