As a grade 1 teacher, I always struggle with which words kids should be able to spell correctly and which ones they can just spell using inventive spelling. Here are 60 simple and commonly used words in Gr. 1 in which I expect my students to spell independently. This word list excludes words like A, I and other CVC words (hop, sip) etc. as I already expect CVC words to be spelled accurately independently.
If you like this page, I will be offering a PDF of this word list and a Gr.2 "No Excuses" word list in the future.