Word Work and Phonics Worksheets for 1st Grade

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K - 2nd
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Vowels, blends, and digraphs oh my! Get your struggling readers to beg for word work and spelling practice with the simple magic of a highlighter! Bring excitement to your phonics, phonemic awareness, and decoding lessons by using these engaging word work activities. Beginning readers will love being word detectives while identifying and sorting spelling patterns within text.

Simply choose which spelling pattern or word family you would like students to focus on during your word work time, which also allows for easy differentiation. Print the desired page and pass out highlighters. Students will search simple sentences or short stories (based on level) for that pattern and highlight it. Some pages also include multiple patterns to go along with word sorting programs and building foundational skills.

Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students will be able to independently complete these no-prep literacy printables. Young readers will also benefit from these decodable and sight word based stories with matching images.

What does each phonics word work set include?

✅ Individual sound practice pages (one word family or spelling pattern per page)

✅ Mixed review practice pages (opportunities to sort similar sounding patterns or a variety of sounds)

✅ Color coded answer keys

✅ Colorful Mini-Anchor Charts by spelling pattern

⭐ Be sure to click PREVIEW for a list of ALL 196 spelling patterns and word sorts included in this set, along with a FREE SAMPLE! ⭐


Suggested Uses:

✎ Small group word work practice on targeted sounds

✎ Homework, Morning Work, Station Work

✎ Supplement Word Sorting & Spelling Programs

✎ Whole group phonics lessons while projected on the board

✎ Intervention for struggling readers

✎ Neon GLOW Day Activity- just add black lights for instant fun!


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❤️ "A very comprehensive set of resources for practicing word work! Also, any opportunity to use highlighters is always a plus for the students :) A real life saver if seeking additional materials for targeted phonics instruction."

❤️ "A great way to visually check for engagement and it keeps those little hands moving during reading! Thank you!"

❤️ "This is an AMAZING resource! My students have LOVED working on these. This has been one of the best products I have ever purchased."

❤️ "I love these! I like that they are easy to use, the passages seem to be perfect for them to be able to sound out most of the words without help. This is a great resource and definitely worth the purchase! Thank you so much for this amazing product! :) "



This word work bundle includes the following products:

Short Vowel Word Work

Blends & Digraphs Word Work

Long Vowel Word Work

R Controlled Vowel Word Work

Advanced Patterns Word Work (Diphthongs, Vowel Patterns, & More)

❤️ If you love this idea but prefer to go paperless, engage your students with digital word work activities for Google Slides™.❤️


Looking for additional first grade math or literacy activities? Here are a few of my favorites:

Napkin Book Writing Prompts for all seasons

Elementary Sight Word Literacy Center

Types of Sentences Punctuation Literacy Center
1st Grade No Prep Math Printables and Worksheets
Seasonal Ten Frames for use with Mini Erasers and more!


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Associate the long and short sounds with common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does).
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.


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