Sight Words & Phonics Spelling Patterns
Below you will find a new list of the 122 CCC sight words your child will be expected to know by the end of first grade (with review words from kindergarten as well). You can use this list to help your child practice at home. With regards to spelling these words, we do not expect first graders to spell every single one of these words correctly, but you can still use this list as a way to help improve their spelling when they write as many are words they will write frequently. The list is in alphabetical order so it should be easier to find words to spell.
Additionally, every week on your child’s homework, you will see weekly sight words that correspond with this list. We have broken them up so that a small set of words can be focused on each week. The week numbers correlate the to week we are on for Being a Reader, so the week number may not align with the actual week of school, as we will occasionally take a break from introducing new words some weeks. These words will help your child progress as a reader. The sight words can be found on our First Grade Website in both list and flashcard format if you are interested in printing at home for practice. Print two sets of the flashcards and play a family game of memory!
The reason these are called “sight words” or “high frequency words” is because they are words that we frequently come across as readers and at times they do not follow spelling patterns, so therefore cannot be sounded out. When your child comes across one of these words when reading, try to point it out and remind them that it may not be able to be sounded out. As students start to recognize these words, their reading fluency (do they sound like fluent readers) and accuracy increase.
We will then move into teaching common phonics spelling patterns to help students continue to grow in their reading and writing. Throughout the year we will take the occasional break and have fun seasonal word lists.
The First Grade Teachers
Sight Words By Being a Reader Week
Week 1: and, the, me, see, you, we, are, can, is, he
Week 2: she, can't, isn't, to, get, no, yes, down, go, where
Week 3: my, by, here, saw, they, was, little, put, what, do
Week 4: like, have, home, said, of, her, his, some, come, out
Week 5: say, says, so, make, there, be, look, good, want, water
Week 6: from, for, again, many, people, your, very, could, would, should
Week 7: were, both, does, every, other, mother, brother, woman, women, boy
Week 8: toward, over, their, old, cold, told, one, two, don't, won't
Week 9: too, who, school, thought, father, after, work, head, read, never
Week 10: ever, only, give, live, walk, talk, because, children, even, picture
Week 11: move, great, though, once, enough, watch, been, few, kind, find
Week 12: mind, word, four, answer, learn, young, large, earth, most, change
Phonics Spelling Patterns
Continue to review the above sight words at home. For the remainder of the school year we will focus on spelling patterns to help students continue to grow in both their reading and writing.
Week 13 short ă: map, sad, bat, ham, cat, mad, fan, van, glad, crab
Week 14 short ĕ: bed, hen, men, leg, web, ten, egg, vet, nest, tent
Week 15 short ĭ: sit, pig, tin, dig, wig, six, kid, win, spin, gift
Week 16 short ŏ: log, dot, fox, hot, hop, box, mop, dog, stop, frog
Week 17 short ŭ: bug, fun, cup, gum, hug, rug, sun, mud, club, plug
Week 18 digraph /ch/: chin, chips, rich, chick, chat, chick, such, child, chain, cheese
Week 19 digraph /sh/: ship, shop, shut, shell, shine, fish, flash, shark, sheep, shine
Week 20 digraph /th/: thin, that, think, three, bath, this, math, path, these, thick
Week 21 blends with l, r, s: play, blue, fly, from, friend, drink, try, smile, star, skate
Week 22 long ā spelled a_e: cake, make, game, same, late, gate, face, lace, name, shake, snake
Week 23 long ī spelled i_e: hide, time, line, bike, five, mine, kite, like, slide, prize
Week 24 long ō spelled o_e: note, vote, joke, home, hope, cone, bone, rose, broke, phone
Week 25 long ū spelled u_e: cube, cute, huge, use, tune, rude, mule, tube, June, flute
Week 26 long ē spelled e_e, ea, ee, -e: eve, these, dream, team, beach, meal, sleep, queen, we, me
Week 27 long ā spelled ai, ay: rain, main, braid, paint, train, day, clay, stay, gray, crayon
Week 28 long ī spelled ie, igh, -y: pie, tie, lie, high, might, bright, fly, try, why, cry
Week 29 long ō spelled oa, ow: boat, soap, coat, throat, toast, show, grow, own, slow, snow
Week 30 R-Controlled Vowels /ar/ & /or/: park, art, yard, card, party, storm, fort, north, short, sports
Week 31 R-Controlled Vowels /er/, /ir/, & /ur/: germ, her, fern, dirt, stir, first, turn, hurt, surf, purple