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Use these worksheets to practice and improve vocabulary and word usage . These grade 1 vocabulary exercises also cover suffixes, homonyms, homophones, synonyms, antonyms and alphabetizing.

The meanings of words

Match pictures to words : identify the picture that matches the word

Match and write words : circle the rewrite the word that matches the picture

Definitions : choose the correct definition for each word

Context clues : figure out unknown words using cross sentence clues

Categorize : sort words into subject categories

Same & different : cross out the word that doesn't belong

Completing sentences : use vocabulary words to complete sentences

Match sentences to pictures : understand vocabulary words in sentences

Homonyms, homophones and word usage

Multiple meaning words : match homonyms with their 2 meanings

Homophones : completing sentences with sound-alike words

To, too or two?

Am, is or are?

Word practice

Vocabulary cards : match pictures to words, organized by subject

Word search : circle the hidden words

Jumbled words : unscramble the jumbled words

Missing letters : fill in the missing letters to complete each word

Picture crosswords : crosswords with picture clues

Suffixes and compound words

Suffixes : identify the suffixes and root words

Using suffixes : choose the correct suffix to complete each sentence

Root words : deconstruct words into a root word and suffix

Words ending with -ing : add -ing to root words

Words ending with -ed : add -ed  to root words

Compound words : match words to form compound words

Write compound words : use pictures clues to write compound words

Synonyms and antonyms

Synonyms : match and write words with similar meaning

Synonym crosswords : solve crosswords by matching synonyms

Antonyms : write words with the "opposite" meaning


Identify the word that comes 1st in alphabetical order

Write words in alphabetical order

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Go beyond books with our printable collection of 1st grade language arts worksheets with answer keys and get the extra bit of practice for the wannabe English scholars. Demonstrate a command of grammar practicing the parts of speech: nouns, adjectives, verbs and more; followed by punctuations, and making sentences; build vocabulary with synonyms, antonyms, suffix, prefix, homophones; develop reading skills with reading comprehensions; and get creative with our writing prompts. Our free English worksheets for grade 1 kids will leave you yearning for more!

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Identifying the Nouns

Identifying the Nouns

Take the kids on a noun hunt with this grade 1 language arts worksheet and get them to read each sentence, identify the nouns or words that refer to things, people, animals, or places and underline them.


Choosing between A and An

Decide on the beginning sound of the given noun by reading it aloud. Check the appropriate indefinite article, "an" if the noun begins with a vowel sound, and "a" if it begins with a consonant sound.

Writing the Missing Letters in Alphabetical Order

Writing the Missing Letters in Alphabetical Order

What child could resist this alphabetic train journey? The railroad cars in this English pdf worksheet are missing some letters. Get first grade kids on board to write the missing letters in ABC order on the railroad cars.

Identifying Beginning Sounds

Identifying Beginning Sounds

Sound the name of each picture, figure out its beginning sound, choose which letter denotes this sound, and write it in the space provided. An engaging Language Arts worksheet for grade 1.

Look and See in the Woods | Reading Comprehension

Look and See in the Woods | Reading Comprehension

Get the curious little explorers to read the poem and answer the questions from comprehension and practice forming plural nouns as they work their way through this printable first grade ELA worksheet.

Changing Present Tense to Past Tense

Changing Present Tense to Past Tense

If switching the verbs both regular and irregular from the present tense to past tense muddles your kids, then this English worksheet pdf for grade 1 is a must-have to bolster skills.

Completing Sentences with Demonstrative Pronouns

Completing Sentences with Demonstrative Pronouns

Is the object near or far? Is it a singular or plural noun? Look at the object(s), and complete the sentences with appropriate demonstrative pronouns: This / That / These / Those.

Capitalizing Names and Salutations

Capitalizing Names and Salutations

This printable ELA worksheet for grade 1 kids has eight people introducing themselves. All that the kids are expected to do is look for the name and salutation (if any) in each sentence and capitalize it.

A Treasure Hunt | Reading Comprehension

A Treasure Hunt | Reading Comprehension

Read, reread, and retell the story. Follow the clues, that build curiosity, and lead the kids to the treasure awaiting them. Don't forget to answer questions related to specific details and build comprehension.

Picture Sequence | Building a Snowman

Picture Sequence | Building a Snowman

You don't have to wait for winter to build a snowman. This English worksheet pdf encourages kids to put the step-by-step process of building a snowman in order by matching the steps to the numbers.

Identifying the Conjunctions

Identifying the Conjunctions

It's never too early to introduce your first grade kids to the frequently used conjunction or linking words. Have them read the sentence in this pdf and figure out the conjunction or joining word in each and underline it.

Subject-Verb Agreement

Subject-Verb Agreement

Choose an appropriate verb based on the subject being a singular or plural noun. Remind kids that a singular noun takes a singular verb while a plural noun takes a plural verb.

Matching Antonyms

Matching Antonyms

Carve out some fun with this 1st grade printable ELA worksheet and get kids practicing for the Opposite Day as they match the words with their antonyms, taking hints from the pictures.

Research Report Writing Prompt | Butterfly

Research Report Writing Prompt | Butterfly

Butterflies with the mesmerizing patterns on their wings fascinate kids. Brainstorm and collect information about this little creature, its habitat, its food, its appearance, and add a few interesting facts about it too.

Matching the Homophones

Matching the Homophones

Let the tricky homophones make their way into your 1st grade kids' vocabulary as they walk through this language arts worksheet pdf matching words that are pronounced the same but spelled differently.

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First Grade Language Arts Worksheets

This level is entirely aligned to the standards. You will find additional reading sheets that extend beyond the core. First Grade is a time to leave Kindergarten behind and move flash forward to a more academic environment. Students will make a solid adjustment from nap time to reading and math time. There are a few fundamental skills that we want students to be proficient with at the conclusion of their first grade year. Students should understand the concept of compound words, contractions, and basic spelling rules. Spelling three and four letter words that include a short vowel sound. We also hope that they can alphabetize words. The First Grade worksheets categories below will help students with a wide variety of skills for their school year.

First Grade Reading: Literature

Understanding Text From Short Stories Worksheets - This should be a skill that most first graders master early and review often. [RL.1.1]

Comprehending and Retelling Key Details of Stories - We focus on comprehending the key events of the story. [RL.1.2]

Retelling Famous Stories - See if you have heard these stories before. They are used by most curriculum committees. [RL.1.2]

Parts of a Story - Young readers start to break the story into pieces. This is critical to help them analyze stories. [RL.1.3]

Beginning, Middle, End - Slice any story into three equal parts. We put a name on the previous selection of worksheets.[RL.1.3]

Feeling and Emotion Words In Stories or Poems - We reach down deep to put ourselves in the characters shoes. [RL.1.4]

The Difference Between Stories and Informational Texts - This is the first time we start define fiction and nonfiction." [RL.1.5]

Identifying The Narrator - Students start to identify who is doing the talking in the stories that they are listening to or reading on their own.. [RL.1.6]

Using Illustrations and Details to Describe Stories - The pictures help us set the scene to any story. We explore how reliable they can be. [RL.1.7]

Parts of a Book - Students learn the name and functions of each section of a completed book. [RL.K.6 and RL.1.7]

Problem and Solution - Students are faced with a problem in written or visual form that they must work there way through. [RL.1.7, RL.2.3]

Compare and Contrast Characters in Stories - This is the first instance of critical thinking that students at this level will see. We explore the personalities of fictional characters. [RL.1.9]

Reading Prose and Poetry - You find some well known nursery rhymes and some not so well known in this section. [RL.1.10]

First Grade Reading: Foundational Skill

Features of Sentences - The focus here is proper capitalization and ending punctuation. We want to make sure that they understand standards. [RF.1.1.A]

Long Vowel Sounds - The concentration is on single-syllable words. We also look at why those sounds are created. [RF.1.2.A]

Short Vowel Sounds - Three letters words don't all have short vowels, but most do. Spelling words that include this sound is foundational skill. [RF.1.2.A]

Long A - Make a cake and bake it, so it doesn't flake. The first in our series of grade 1 vowel worksheets. [RF.1.2.A]

Long E - Be a busy beetle and great ready for the beach. [RF.1.2.A]

Long I - Always trust your bride to drive unless she had a long day and is fried. [RF.1.2.A]

Long O - The coach took a vote for the best goat. [RF.1.2.A]

Long U - Very few will mute the music loop when it droops. [RF.1.2.A]

Short A - The mad cat took Pam's cap during her nap. [RF.1.2.A]

Short E - Ben was fed right after bed. [RF.1.2.A]

Short I - The tip of the fin fit right above the rig. [RF.1.2.A]

Short O - Tom was at the top of the podium because he won. [RF.1.2.A]

Short U - Bud the Bug loves the pup on the rug. [RF.1.2.A]

Blending Sounds To Make Words - Use your knowledge of phonemes to produce words. [RF.1.2.B]

3-Letter Blends - The first step up with sounding out blends. They will often memorize word chunks. [RF.1.2.B]

Consonant Blends - We chunk letters together to make new and unique sounds. [RF.1.2.B]

Pronouncing Phonemes - Broken the words down into sound parts to complete these phonics activities. [RF.1.2.C]

Counting Phonemes - This skill with really help your ability to pronunciate new words. [RF.1.2.D]

Sounds of Consonant Digraphs - It's all about understanding spelling sounds here. [RF.1.3.A]

Consonance - The sounds that flow from certain letter groups. This is commonly found in poems. [RF.1.3.A]

Digraphs - These are the most commonly used forms. When two letters form a single sound. [RF.1.3.A]

Decoding Spelling - This is a skill that all successful spellers master early. [RF.1.3.B]

Dolch Grade 1 Sight Words - Word to live by. Students need to commit these terms to memory. [RF.1.3.B]

Fry Sight Words - This was the 1950s extenstion to a list of words that students should memorize to help them read well. [RF.1.3.B]

Vowel Team Conventions - Vowels start to get a bit complicated here for kids. Take some time to explore how they can work together. [RF.1.3.C]

Counting Syllables in Words - Pay direct attention to the vowels in the words when doing this. [RF.1.3.D]

Syllables - Slap a vowel sound and a constant together and this is what you get. [RF.1.3.D]

Decoding Two-Syllable Word - All the words presented here follow a similar pattern. [RF.1.3.E]

Words With Inflectional Endings - This should mostly be basic recognition activities, but we add so much more. [RF.1.3.F]

Grade 1 Irregular Spelling Words - All the words are grade leveled here. [RF.1.3.G]

Grade 1 Understanding Text - You will find a wide array of writing forms here for you. [RF.1.4.A]

Word Recognition - We use context clues to make sure that we truly understand words. [RF.1.4.C]

Printable Reading Logs - A great way to track your reading endurance. [RF.K-5]

First Grade Reading: Information

Asking and Answering Questions From Text - We start to take reading comprehension to the next level here. [RI.1.1]

Main Ideas and Details From Text - Students start to pick apart what they are reading. [RI.1.2]

Connection Between Two Items In Text - You can start this as a compare and contrast activity and then advance to making connections. [RI.1.3]

Questions To Clarify Words Or Phrases - The best way to learn new vocabulary words. [RI.1.4]

Locating Key Features In Texts - This helps students begin to outline texts. Which eventually will make us better writers. [RI.1.5]

Information From Text vs. Pictures - Everything provided with nonfiction helps students better understand the author's point. [RI.1.6]

Using Illustrations and Details For Key Ideas - Drawings are sometimes overlooked, but can have just as much impact as a good writer. [RI.1.7]

Supporting Points Of Text - We found the main idea, now what points prove that idea? [RI.1.8]

Similarities And Differences Between Texts - Time for students to compare two bodies of work. [RI.1.9]

Understanding Grade 1 Texts - How much can students take in at this level? Quite a bit! [RI.1.10]

Printing Upper and Lower Case Letters - This is a dual standard that overlaps primary grade levels. [L.1.1.A]

Common, Proper, and Possessive Noun - You will also find some advanced materials in here. [L.1.1.B]

Countable and Uncountable Nouns - Need to quantify a person, place, or thing? These are the nouns for you. [L.1.1.B]

Proper Nouns - When you need to be very particular, these come in handy. It helps you easily identify things. [L.1.1.B]

Singular Possessive Nouns - This is a really selfish person, place, and/or thing. [L.1.1.B-D]

Matching Verbs and Nouns In Sentences - Students start to comprehend sentences that they create. [L.1.1.C]

Personal, Possessive, and Indefinite Pronoun - Proper nouns give students a challenge, at first. [L.1.1.D]

Indefinite Pronouns - When you aren't really sure of the details. We uses these parts of speech when we want to be vague. [L.1.1.D]

I vs. Me - We work on proper placement of these pronouns. (I) is the subject form and (me) is the object form. [L.1.1.D]

Verb Tense (Past, Present, and Future) - You need to ask yourself when the action took place in the context of the sentence. [L.1.1.E]

Using Adjectives Properly - Some adjectives are advanced vocabulary words, but they are commonly used at this level. [L.1.1.F]

Conjunction - The focus here is on commonly used forms. This is pulling things together to form links and solidify sentences. [L.1.1.G]

Using Determiners - When you need to elude to a inference, these are your "go to-s". [L.1.1.H]

Using Articles of Language - In the English Language, we choose between the use of three articles based on the noun that is present. [L.1.1.H]

Using Demonstratives - Need a process driven thought, master these. It just a little bit of (this) and (that) to get it done. [L.1.1.H]

A or An - Learn how to properly use these specific articles of language within sentences. [L.1.1.H]

Use of Prepositions - During these practice sheets try to move towards the next standard. Get it? [L.1.1.I]

Sentence Based Response To Prompts - Students expand simple and compound sentences. [L.1.1.J]

Imperatives - If it's "code red" thoughts you are trying to explain, these are for you. [L.1.1.J]

Interrogative and Declarative Sentences - These sentences tend to add a bit more punch than the rest of sentences. [L.1.1.J]

Exclamation Marks - When you are excited to say something or need to communicate a sense of urgency this is your go to punctuation. [L.1.1]

Capitalizing Dates and Names - This is usually the quickest form of capitalization for students to conquer. [L.1.2.A]

Variant Vowels - We look at how different letters pairings affect the sounds they make. This helps us meet new words. [L.1.2.A]

End Punctuation of Sentences - The concentration of this topic is on the use of three big forms of punctuating sentences. [L.1.2.B]

Using Commas in Dates and Single Words - Words that are all by themselves will give students trouble to start. [L.1.2.C]

Patterned and Irregular Word Spelling - The is conventional spelling to start students off with. [L.1.2.D]

Spelling New Words Based on Phonics - Use sounds to help you spelling. Phonetics is a huge part of the English language. [L.1.2.E]

Phonemic Alliteration - A step forward. We working on hearing certain tones and sounds early in a word. [L.1.2.E]

First Grade Spelling - Get ready for that first Spelling Bee. We work on an appropriate grade leveled list of new vocabulary terms. [L.1.2]

Sentence Based Context Clue - Learn new vocabulary words by how they are used in sentences. [L.1.4.A]

Using Affixes To Find Word Meanings - Prefixes and suffixes appear for the first time. We see how they modify words. [L.1.4.B]

Identifying Roots and Inflectional Forms - Start with root words and modify them with common inflections. [L.1.4.C]

Sort Words Into Categories - Sorting also appears in the math core standards and compliments this topic. [L.1.5.A]

Learning Colors - Help students become familar and comfortable with all the basic colors. [L.1.5.A]

Defining Categories For Words - This reminds me of a game my kids love called Tribond. [L.1.5.B]

Connections Between Words and Real-life - We students start working on this topic, you will be amazed at the level of vocabulary they actual know. [L.1.5.C]

Variation of Verb Meanings - This is one topic that we think belongs at a higher grade level. The vocabulary has to be high to achieve an understanding. [L.1.5.D]

Grade 1 Vocabulary Worksheets - The words found here go well beyond your standard Dolch word list. [L.1.6]

First Grade Writing

Opinion Writing Prompts - Introduce a work or topic and tell your thoughts and how you feel about it. [W.1.1]

Grade 1 Informative Writing - This is also referred to as factual writing. We are simply trying to communicate facts to other people. [W.1.2]

Grade 1 Narrative Writing - We focus on sequencing events and ordering items. We start building rich thoughts of our own. [W.1.3]

Grade 1 Peer Writing and Editing - Working together positively is a skill in and of itself, at this age. [W.1.5]

First Grade Creative Writing Prompts - Need something to kick off your writing? Start with a surprising action or event. [W.1.5]

Digital Publishing / Writing - Students will need computer access for this level. It is important that students learn how to do this well. [W.1.6]

(How-To) Writing About Sequences - Teachers should work on building outlines with students for this skill to be picked up quickly. [W.1.7]

Writing About Past Experiences - Some students may need some extra help with this skill. At this age, they may need to talk it out. [W.1.8]

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