First Grade Phonics and Spelling Activities for the ENTIRE YEAR

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    Are you a busy and tired teacher who needs to fulfill the phonics and spelling needs of their emerging first grade readers? This year long Phonics and Spelling activity bundle is a 5-Part phonics kit for teachers to use when teaching students about spelling and phonics patterns (word families).

    Here's what other teachers are saying:

    Using this resource for center work at the end of the day. Students are very engaged and successful!

    -Kelly S.

    This is a fantastic collection of reading resources to use during guided reading groups! Some of my first graders are still working on phonics skills that will help them read fluently. I love this set!

    -Ramona K.

    What’s Included:

    Classroom Phonics Sound Cards & Mini Posters

    This product includes sound cards to help you create super cute spelling anchor charts with little to no effort on your part AND a pop of color added to your classroom.

    How to use: 

    Classroom Décor: Hang up all year as a “banner” or change out with each spelling pattern grouping (short vowel, digraphs, etc.)

    Whole Group Phonics Lessons: Use one card at a time to lead a whole group phonics or spelling lesson. Attach the card to an anchor chart/poster or a sentence strip and brainstorm words that include that particular pattern. You can hang this around the room for students to refer back to during lesson or independent station time. 

    Small Group Guided Reading or Intervention: Use one card at a time to brainstorm words that include the word family pattern that you want to focus on for the day. OR use several flags as “flashcards” during your small group warm up.

    *Also includes an EDITABLE version of all six sound card colors so you can create your own flags if the pattern or word family you need was not already included. This editable file requires Microsoft Powerpoint to use.

    What’s Included:

    Short Vowels: an, ag, ap, at, ad, am, eg, et, eb, est, en, ed, ig, ib, ix, in, it, ip, ock, og, ot, ox, op, om, up, un, umm, ut, ug, ud

    Digraphs: ch, sh, th

    Blends: bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl, br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr, sc, sk, sm, sn, sp, st, sw

    Long Vowels: ake, ape, ate, ame, ave, ane, eet, eaf, ee, eal, ime, ive, ide, ike, ice, ine, one, ose, ote, obe, oke, ode, ube, une, ule, ube, une, uge

    Vowel Teams: ai, ay, ea, ee, ig, igh, oa, ow, ue, ew, au, aw, oi, oy, oo, oo, ou, ow

    R-Controlled: ar, er, ir, or, ur

    *Be sure to check the preview for a full list of words associated with each spelling pattern


    Spelling Word and Phonics Pattern Lists

    These spelling and word family lists can be used in a variety of ways:

    •Spelling Station to spell the word pattern of the week. This means I only change out the spelling or word family list each week and the activities can stay the same! Super low-maintenance!

    •As a “go to” list for teachers when generating word families whole group phonics/spelling instruction 

    •A list of words for teachers to review during small group warm ups for guided reading or interventions (make flashcards, build words, manipulate phonemes with plastic letters, etc.)

    •A list of words for families to practice reading and writing at home

    •A list of rhyming words for students to reference

    What’s Included:

    Short Vowels

    Short a

    Short e

    Short i

    Short o

    Short u


    Beginning CH words

    Ending CH words

    Beginning SH words

    Ending SH words

    Beginning TH words

    Ending TH words


    L Blends: Bl, Cl, Fl, Gl, Pl

    R Blends: Br, Cr, Fr, Gr, Pr, Dr, Tr

    S Blends: Sc, Sk, Sl, Sm, Sn, St

    W Blends: Sw, Tw, Dw

    Long Vowels







    AR Words

    ER, IR, UR Words

    OR Words

    Vowel Pairs

    Ai and Ay

    Au and Aw

    Ie and Igh

    Ee and Ea

    Oa, Oe and Ow

    Oo and Oo

    Ou and Ow

    Ue, Ui and Ew


    No Prep Build A Word Station

    How to Use:

    Students are given the phonics/spelling pattern and they must add one letter (or more) to the word family to create a new word. Then the student must write the new word three times (in pencil, crayon and marker).

    I have found in my own classroom that students love this activity because using pencils, crayons and markers is fun and engaging to them.

    Use for: 

    · Whole Group Writing Lessons

    · Independent Writing Time

    · Writing Station/Center

    · Morning Work

    · Early Finisher Activities

    What’s Included:

    7 Short a pages: at, an, ag, am ,an, ad, ap

    5 Short e pages: en, et, est, eb, ed

    5 Short I pages: in, ip, ig, it, id

    5 Short o pages: ox, og, op, ot, om

    8 Short u pages: um, us, ub, un, up, ut, ug, ud

    6 Digraph pages: beginning ch, ending ch, beginning sh, ending sh, beginning th, ending th

    20 Blends pages: bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fl, fr, gl, gr, pl, pr, sc, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, st, sw, tr

    6 Long a pages: ake, ane, ape, ate, ame, ave

    6 Long e pages: ean, eet, ee, ea, eal, eed

    6 Long i pages: ive, ime, ine, ide, ice, ike

    6 Long o pages: one, ode, ose, ote, oke, obe

    6 Long u pages: use, ute, ube, une, ude, ume

    7 R-Controlled pages: 2 ar, 2 er, ir, or, ur

    20 Vowel Pair pages: ai, ay, au, aw, ea, ee, ie, igh, oa, ow, oe, oo, oo, ou, ow, oi, oy, ue, ui, ew


    Sentence Writing Books with Spelling Patterns

    What’s the benefit of writing sentences with word families:

    · Students read and write with their focused phonics skill or spelling pattern

    · Students are given the structure and support for independent writing

    · Meets the needs of ALL students in your classroom based on the expectations you set for their sentence writing

    · Supports English Language Learners

    · Consistency! Every spelling pattern taught in first grade is included in this product so you can follow the same routine every week of the school year!


    You can print this and cut it into a half page booklet, or leave it as a full page booklet. You can also print one page at a time for a daily assignment.

    To use, students must:

    1. Use their phonics skills (and picture support) to read the word

    2. Trace the word

    3. Write a sentence using the word

    4. Draw/illustrate their sentence

    Use for:

    · Whole Group Writing Lessons

    · Independent Writing Time

    · Writing Station/Center

    · Morning Work

    · Early Finisher Activities

    Featured Pages:

    *Because this product includes ALL phonics skills and spelling patterns taught in first grade, you will be able to print one booklet for each week of the school year.

    -Short a Booklet-11 pages

    -Short e Booklet- 11 pages

    -Short I Booklet- 11 pages

    -Short o booklet-11 pages

    -Short u Booklet-11 pages

    -L Blends Booklet- 12 pages

    -R Blends Booklet- 12 pages

    -S Blends Booklet- 14 pages

    -CH Booklet- 10 pages

    -TH Booklet- 9 pages

    -SH Booklet- 9 pages

    -Long a Booklet- 9 pages

    -Long e Booklet- 9 pages

    -Long i Booklet- 9 pages

    -Long o Booklet- 9 pages

    -Long u Booklet- 7 pages

    -AR Booklet- 7 pages

    -ER Booklet- 5 pages

    -IR Booklet- 6 pages

    -OR Booklet- 6 pages

    -UR Booklet- 6 pages

    -AI/AY Booklet- 6 pages

    -EA/EE Booklet- 6 pages

    -IE/IGH Booklet- 6 pages

    -OA/OE Booklet- 6 pages

    -UE/EW Booklet- 6 pages

    -AU/AW Booklet- 6 pages

    -OI/OY Booklet- 7 pages

    -OU/OW Booklet- 7 pages

    -Y Booklet- 7 pages


    Short Vowel Word Family Puzzles

    These word family puzzles allow students to work independently practicing reading word families and matching correct pictures. One of the great benefits of this resources is the self-checking feature of the puzzle shapes.

    Here are a few ways that you can use them:

    • Independent Word Work Station/Center

    • Small Group Instruction

    • RTI/Intervention Groups

    · Early Finishers

    · Morning Work

    How to Use

    These short vowel CVC puzzles can serve SO many different purposes in your classroom!

    For the basic level, students must:

    • Identify the picture

    • Match the onset

    • Match the rhyme

    • Read the word

    For an advanced level, students can:

    • sort them into the different families (an, at, ag)

    • write a sentence using one word

    • write a story using as many of the words as possible

    • turn all letter cards over and play a memory game to make the different words

    To use in a guided reading group or RTI/intervention group:

    • Help students read/sound out the onset

    • Help students read/sound out the rhyme

    • Guide students to blend the onset and rhyme together

    • Help students find the matching picture

    What is included for each vowel:

    -18 color puzzles

    -18 black and white puzzles (for ink saving purposes, copy these on colored paper)

    -Recording Sheet (optional) where students write and illustrate the words they create

    Short a: cat, sack, bat, can, fan, ham, hat, jam, pan, van, rat, tan, dad, mad, ram, nap, man, sat, wag, sad

    Short e: ten, bed, den, beg, hen, jet, med, men, nest, net, red, vest, vet, web, wed, led, fed, wet

    Short i: bib, bin, bit, dig, dip, fin, hid, hit, kit, lid, lip, pig, rib, rip, sit, six, pin, wig, zip, tip

    Short o: fox, box, clog, cot, dog, dot, fog, frog, hog, hop, log, rot, hot, mom, mop, top, pop, top

    Short u: sub, bun, bug, bus, cub, cup, bud, cut, sun, gum, hug, hut, jug, mug, nut, pup, rug, tub


    For Texas Teachers, this product relates to the following 2019 TEKS:

    1.11Dx (K.11Dix, 2.11Dxi) correct spelling of words with grade appropriate orthographic patterns and rules and high-frequency words with adult assistance.


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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short-vowel sounds (phonemes).
    Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships.
    Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words.
    Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phonemic awareness and spelling conventions.
    Generalize learned spelling patterns when writing words (e.g., cage -> badge; boy -> boil).


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