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Grade 1 Word Shapes Puzzles

Here is a bit of a lesson plan to teach first grade spelling. Below you’ll find the spelling lists for the first 8 weeks of grade 1.

Along with each week, is a list of any phonics sounds that are introduced during the week. This will let you know which letters or blends you should focus on during the week.

Word Shapes Puzzles

Also, I created a free printable word shape puzzle worksheet to go along with each week. You can download it at the bottom of this page.

Free printable word shapes puzzle worksheets at a 1st grade level.  There are 8 printable puzzles - one weekly puzzle to go along with the first 8 weeks of grade 1 spelling. It's also a coloring worksheet as kids will need to color word boxes that have various phonics sounds.  The pdf can be downloaded free and includes an answer sheet. #grade1 #spelling

Each puzzle worksheet has all 10 spelling words of the week. There are also 10 word shape boxes. Kids will need to match the shape of each word to its matching boxes.

A word shape puzzle will help kids work on learning to spell their words since they will be focusing on the individual letters that make up the word. A puzzle gets kids to write out the word while trying to make it fun.

After completing the puzzle, the worksheet asks kids to color the word boxes that have certain phonics sounds. For example it might ask kids to color the boxes for the words that have a short A sound yellow, or a GR blend pink.

There’s one puzzle per week which can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

Here are the weekly spelling lists for weeks 1 – 8:

1st Grade Spelling Words Week 1

  1. a
  2. as
  3. am
  4. an
  5. if
  6. is
  7. his
  8. I
  9. on
  10. of

Phonics Skills Introduced

Here are the phonics skills that are introduced this week:

  • short A sound
  • short I sound
  • short O sound
  • long I sound
  • consonants S, M, N, F, H

Week 2

  1. us
  2. up
  3. me
  4. he
  5. she
  6. we
  7. be
  8. so
  9. no
  10. go

Phonics Skills Introduced

The new phonics sounds to go over this week are:

  • short U sound
  • long E sound
  • long O sound
  • consonant blend SH
  • consonants P, W, B, G

Week 3

  1. at
  2. bat
  3. cat
  4. fat
  5. hat
  6. mat
  7. pat
  8. rat
  9. sat
  10. flat

Phonics Skills Introduced

This week is all about _AT family words. The new phonics sounds to cover with your students are :

  • consonants T, C, R
  • consonant blend FL

Week 4

  1. that
  2. the
  3. they
  4. them
  5. then
  6. this
  7. you
  8. your
  9. my
  10. by

Phonics Skills Introduced

The TH blend is a focus this week. The new phonics sounds of the week are:

  • TH blend
  • short E sound
  • Y: the sounds it makes as a vowel and as a consonant
  • EY – makes long A sound

Week 5

  1. it
  2. bit
  3. fit
  4. hit
  5. kit
  6. lit
  7. pit
  8. sit
  9. spit
  10. its

Phonics Skills Introduced

This week is all about _IT family words. This weeks new phonics sounds are:

  • SP blend
  • consonants K & L

Week 6

  1. bet
  2. get
  3. jet
  4. let
  5. met
  6. net
  7. pet
  8. set
  9. wet
  10. mom

Phonics Skills Introduced

_ET family words are the focus this week. The only new phonics sound is:

  • the letter J

Week 7

  1. dot
  2. hot
  3. lot
  4. not
  5. pot
  6. slot
  7. spot
  8. part
  9. him
  10. her

Phonics Skills Introduced

This week focuses on _OT family words. The only new phonics sound is the:

Week 8

  1. but
  2. cut
  3. nut
  4. shut
  5. do
  6. and
  7. band
  8. land
  9. stand
  10. grand

Phonics Skills Introduced

This week is about the family _UT words and _AND words. There are 2 new blends to learn this week. They are:

  • ST blend
  • GR blend
8 printable word shape puzzles for grade 1. Each worksheet has 10 first grade spelling words. After writing the words in the correct word boxes kids are given several phonics sounds. They are asked to color the word boxes with a certain blend, digraph, or sound a specific color.

Printable 1st Grade Word Shapes Puzzles

You can download and print all 9 pages of the 1st grade word shapes puzzles below. The free printable pdf includes an answer sheet.

Grade 1 Spelling

A printable master list of all 32 weeks of these 1st grade spelling words is available for download.

A complete 1st grade spelling workbook pdf is available that makes it really easy to teach your first grader spelling. It has everything you need, including dictation sentences, worksheets for all the phonics sounds and blends as they are introduced, and more.

More Word Shape Puzzles

To continue with the next 1st grade spelling weeks, see the links below. They all have free printable word shape puzzles.

Marjorie Katumba

Tuesday 16th of August 2022

Am hoping these spelling lists will enable children that are struggling with writing as well as reading grow and improve.