First Grade Spelling Practice & Sight Words by Week

For first grade, we opted to do the “Virtual Public School” through our elementary school.   To help other parents who are doing first grade homeschool and looking to follow something similar to what first graders are learning in public school, I will update this list weekly.

The words are designed to be used with a fluency passage that students practice reading daily.  We are provided with the fluency passage from the school, but they are using a set purchased for $10 off of a website called The Kindergarten Connection.  If you don’t want to spend the money on the fluency passages, you could easily create your own to use each week.  The key is to read it daily.

Additionally, daily we read a story related to the lesson in the Reading Street book we were given from the school.  It is also available from various sellers on Amazon for about $20.  In addition to the story, it has lessons that help reinforce the unit of study for the week.

We practice writing the spelling words on Tuesday/Thursdays.  We write each word 2-4 times.  Sometimes we use worksheets.  Other times we just use notebook paper and map pencils and do “rainbow writing” of the words.

We practice “Read It, Build It, Write It” on Mondays/Wednesdays.  For “Build It”, we use Magnetic Letters, Blocks, or PlayDoh.

We also watch videos or do other activities related to the unit of study.  Many of them can be found for free online.  I’ve linked the ones we used with the week of study.

Week 1 | Study: -AM Words

Words: am, ham, Sam, Pam
Sight Words: has, a
Sentence: Sam has a ham.
Activities: Flash Cards & Worksheets
Fluency Passage
Reading Passage (“_____________” p. ___ in Reading Street)

Week 2 | Study: -AP Words

Words: cap, tap, map, lap, nap
Sight Words: do, look, was
Sentence: I like to nap.
Activities: Flash Cards & Worksheets
Fluency Passage (Paid, From the Kindergarten Connection)
Reading Passage (“_____________” p. ___ in Reading Street)

Week 3 | Study: -AM & -AP Words

Words: ram, rap, jam, clap, slam
Sight Words:  yellow, you
Sentence: We clap for jam.
Activities: Flash Cards & Worksheets
Fluency Passage (Paid, From the Kindergarten Connection)
Reading Passage (“_____________” p. ___ in Reading Street)

Week 4 | Study: -IT & -AT Words

Words: hat, bit, fat, sit, pat
Sight Words: was , do , yellow, you , look
Sentence: I can pat the cat.
Activities: Flash Cards & Worksheets
Fluency Passage (Paid, From the Kindergarten Connection)
Reading Passage (“Tip & Tam” p. 70 in Reading Street)

Week 5 | Study: Short O

Words: hot, cop, rod, job, fog
Bonus Test Words: not, pop, nod, log, sod
Sight Words: are , have , that , they , two
Sentence: That cop is hot.
Activities: Paint Chip Letter Sounds, Flash Cards & Worksheets
Fluency Passage (Paid, From the Kindergarten Connection)
Reading Passage (“The Big Top” p. 96 in Reading Street)

Note: Starting this week, start testing over 10 words.  Practice the 5 “words” all week with a focus on how the letter sounds make new words.  Then on the test at the end of the week, test for 10 words.  The 5 listed as “Words” that you’ve practiced all week, and then the 5 listed as “Bonus Test Words” that weren’t directly practiced or known to the student as spelling words.  This helps ensure kids are mastering the sounds they’re working on.

Week 6 | Study: Short E

Words: red, jet, hen, beg, rest
Bonus Test Words: led, wet, ten, pen, test
Sight Words: are , have , that , they , two
Sentence: The red jet is wet.
Activities: Short E Game Boards, Worksheets
Fluency Passage (Paid, From the Kindergarten Connection)
Reading Passage (“_____________” p. ___ in Reading Street)

Week 7 | Study: Short U, Qu

Words: bus, vet, cup, yes, quiz
Bonus Test Words: bug, mug, jug, let, quit
Sight Words: where, here, for, me, go
Sentence: The quiz is fun.
Activities: Short U, Qu
Videos: Short U, Qu, Qu
Fluency Passage (Paid, From the Kindergarten Connection)
Reading Passage (“Farmers Market” p. 148 in Reading Street)
Note: This week, the lesson not only includes words from what you’re studying, but spelling words include a review of short -e from last week for continued repetition.

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