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Grade 1 Spelling Lists
To create these lists I referred to The Reading Teacher's Book of Lists and Dr. Fry's Spelling Book. The lists include the first one hundred most frequently used words and one hundred picture nouns. The combination of these words provides a very useful beginning reading and writing vocabulary.
introduce the week's words by writing them on a chalk board and discussing
each one with my child. Each day of the week I have my child practice
the five words through different spelling activities. Suggestions
follow the word lists. On the last day of each week I test my child
on the word list. Any words that are spelled incorrectly are put
onto a flashcard. I put the flashcards on a ring and have my child
review these words daily till the next weekly test. When spelled
correctly on a test, the flashcard for that word is removed from the ring.
Week 1: the, of, and, a, to
Week 2: boy, girl, man, woman, baby
Week 3: in, is, you, that, it
Week 4: ball, doll, train, game, toy
Week 5: he, was, for, on, are
Week 6: one, two, three, four, five
Week 7: as, with, his, they, I
Week 8: shirt, pants, dress, shoes, hat
Week 1: at, be, this, have, from
Week 2: cat, bird, dog, fish, rabbit
Week 3: or, one, had, by, word
Week 4: table, chair, sofa, bed, desk
Week 5: but, not, what, all, were
Week 6: cup, plate, bowl, fork, spoon
Week 7: we, when, your, can, said
Week 8: car, truck, bus, plane, boat
Week 1: there, use, an, each, which
Week 2: bread, meat, soup, fruit, cereal
Week 3: she, do, how, their, if
Week 4: water, milk, juice, soda, punch
Week 5: will, up, other, about, out
Week 6: six, seven, eight, nine, ten
Week 7: many, then, them, these, so
Week 8: apple, orange, grape, pear, banana
Week 1: some, her, would, make, like
Week 2: bush, flower, grass, plant, tree
Week 3: him, into, time, has, look
Week 4: sun, moon, star, cloud, rain
Week 5: two, more, write, go, see
Week 6: lake, rock, dirt, field, hill
Week 7: number, no, way, could, people
Week 8: horse, cow, pig, chicken, duck
Week 1: my, than, first, over, been
Week 2: farmer, cook, doctor, nurse, pilot
Week 3: call, who, oil, now, sit
Week 4: television, radio, movie, computer, band
Week 5: find, long, down, day, did
Week 6: pen, pencil, crayon, chalk, paint
Week 7: get, come, made, may, part
Week 8: book, newspaper, magazine, sign, letter
All of the activities I use with my children in Kindergarten can also be used this year. Here are some more ideas:
~ write the words in alphabetical order.
~ write the words in backwards alphabetical order.
~ draw a picture for each of the picture nouns.
~ write a short sentence with the spelling words for the child to use as copywork.
~ create a wordsearch with the week's words.
look the words up in the dictionary.
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