1st Grade Vocabulary and Spelling Word Lists

VocabularySpellingCity provides hundreds of free 1st grade spelling lists that align with 1st grade language arts and vocabulary curriculum. First grade teachers can choose from a wide variety of word lists to create assignments using VocabularySpellingCity’s interactive games, activities, and printable worksheets to supplement their spelling or vocabulary lessons.

What Words Go on a 1st Grade Spelling List?

First grade spelling word lists include Dolch and Fry sight word lists and phonetic word pattern lists (CVC, word families). In addition to 1st grade sight word lists, VocabularySpellingCity also offers word structure lists, such as compound words and contractions, that tie into 1st grade grammar standards. First grade students have the opportunity to practice grade-level literacy skills through VocabularySpellingCity’s online games. First grade-level games include audio and visuals that allow students to practice skills independently and build mastery.


1st Grade Sample List
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In addition to grade 1 spelling word lists, VocabularySpellingCity provides content specific vocabulary word lists. First grade content area word lists include first grade math vocabulary, first grade science vocabulary, and first grade social studies vocabulary.

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First Grade Vocabulary Instruction

First grade is a critical year as students undergo the transition from emergent readers to beginning readers. Not all students show an immediate affinity for reading; some develop literacy skills gradually, over time. Teachers must be able to plan and implement literacy lessons accordingly to meet the needs of all growing readers. VocabularySpellingCity supports teachers by providing differentiated 1st grade level spelling and vocabulary lists that can be used to reinforce the first grade words in a strong spelling and vocabulary curriculum.

In first grade spelling, students should demonstrate a command of words with common spelling patterns and frequently used irregular words, as well as grade-level sight words. VocabularySpellingCity’s Splat-N-Spell allows first grade students to build sight word recognition and sight word fluency at the same time. Teachers can import first grade sight word lists, including both Dolch and Fry words, for use during independent literacy centers for sight word practice.

First grade students are also expected to apply grade-level phonics to decode one- and two-syllable words. VocabularySpellingCity offers SillyBulls, an engaging interactive game, to practice syllable segmentation and phonics.

In addition to spelling skills, first graders should understand standard grammar and continue to explore word meanings and word relationships. VocabularySpellingCity provides vocabulary list of 1st grade words that include homophones, homonyms, antonyms, and synonyms. The vocabulary word lists can be paired with games, such as WhichWord? Definitions, in order for students to identify the corresponding word meanings.

First grade educational standards that are supported by VocabularySpellingCity.

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1st Grade Spelling Words

Select a link below to view available 1st grade word lists:


Import first grade word lists for spelling, high frequency words, or vocabulary for each unit as organized in popular reading programs.

1st Grade Spelling Practice

Import first grade high-frequency word lists, as well as spelling word lists aligned with Irene Fountas’ and Gay Su Pinnell’s K-3 spelling continuum.

1st Grade Spelling Activities

Import first grade vocabulary word lists.

1st Grade Word Games

Import first grade words from content-specific vocabulary lists.

The following games are among the most popular and recommended for 1st graders.

SillyBulls gives students practice identifying the number of syllables in a word.

Play SillyBulls with a 1st grade math list.

First Grade Words

Which Initial Sound? allows students to practice recognizing the initial sound in a word.

Play Which Initial Sound? with a 1st grade Dolch word list.

1st Grade Sight Words List

Audio Word Match provides practice recognizing sounds/spelling correspondences. Practice of these basic phonics skills prepare students for blending words orally and in writing.

Play Audio Word Match with a 1st grade synonyms list.

1st Grade Words

Word Unscramble provides practice unscrambling letters to form words.

Play Word Unscramble with a 1st grade literature list.

First Grade Spelling Words Lists

Alphabetize gives students practice putting words into alphabetical order.

Play Alphabetize with a 1st grade Wonders list.

First Grade Spelling Games