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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.

A grade 1 spelling words pdf. This first grade spelling list covers 320 words and includes 174 FRY words.

If you are looking for spelling words for a later grade, here are the 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade & 6th grade spelling lists.

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.

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 lists for future grades:

Grades 2 – 6 are all theme based. No more boring lists of random words to learn.

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Thursday 15th of April 2021

Hi. I am having trouble finding the master spelling lists to download. Could you help direct me please

Lorna Winnicky

Monday 11th of January 2021

Hi there, This looks great. Me only question is is there only the Word Shape Puzzles for the weeks, no other activity worksheets?

Chrissy Lucero-Johnsen

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

This is absolutely fabulous thank you for all your efforts

Elize Steynberg

Tuesday 4th of August 2020

So glad i found your website. I want to help my childs improve his english vocabulary and this will surely help me doing it in a structured way.


Monday 23rd of March 2020

Hello How i can start with my child to teach them ?

Melanie Thomas

Monday 23rd of March 2020

Hi Ahmed. Start with this page. I just posted it today. It has the first 8 weeks with a free worksheet to go along with the words of each week. I will have one up for the following weeks shortly. More details in that post as well that list any phonics sounds to teach kids for that week. I am in the process of creating other printables for these words and am posting them as fast as I can make them. :)