What's popular right now

Dakota's Dog Rescue 1st Grade activity Try Now
game

Dakota's Dog Rescue 1st Grade

Context Clues

L.1.4a

Jungle Racers Root Words activity Try Now
game

Jungle Racers Root Words

Prefixes and Suffixes

L.1.4b

Sticker Book Sort Vocab activity Try Now
game

Sticker Book Sort Vocab

Sorting Words

L.1.5a

Campfire Building Descriptors activity Try Now
game

Campfire Building Descriptors

Words and Their Use

L.1.5c

Unicorn Magic Synonyms activity Try Now
game

Unicorn Magic Synonyms

What are Synonyms?

L.1.5d

Sentence Jumble activity Try Now
game

Sentence Jumble

Sentences

RF.1.1a

Suzy Sloth's Sentences activity Try Now
game

Suzy Sloth's Sentences

Sentences

RF.1.1a

Devin & Nyla Stuck On The Moon activity Try Now
game

Devin & Nyla Stuck On The Moon

Long and Short Vowels

RF.1.2a

Olive Vs. The Dragons Vowels activity Try Now
game

Olive Vs. The Dragons Vowels

Long and Short Vowels

RF.1.2a

Spot The Vowel activity Try Now
game

Spot The Vowel

Long and Short Vowels

RF.1.2a

Animal Sound Search activity Try Now
game

Animal Sound Search

Sounds You Hear in Words

RF.1.2c

Campfire Building Consonant Digraphs activity Try Now
game

Campfire Building Consonant Digraphs

"Sh" and "Ch"

RF.1.3a

Jacob's CH Parade activity Try Now
game

Jacob's CH Parade

"Sh" and "Ch"

RF.1.3a

Digraph Nature Walk activity Try Now
game

Digraph Nature Walk

"Wh," "Th,"and "Ck"

RF.1.3a

Elsi Elephant's Digraph Picture Sort activity Try Now
game

Elsi Elephant's Digraph Picture Sort

"Wh," "Th,"and "Ck"

RF.1.3a

Moonlit Moths activity Try Now
game

Moonlit Moths

"Sh" and "Ch"

RF.1.3a

Moving Words activity Try Now
game

Moving Words

Blend Sounds to Make Words

RF.1.2d and 1 more

Word Building activity Try Now
game

Word Building

Blend Sounds to Make Words

RF.1.2d and 1 more

Magic e activity Try Now
game

Magic e

Silent 'e'

RF.1.3c

Silent E Word Sort activity Try Now
text

Silent E Word Sort

Silent 'e'

RF.1.3c

20 of 88

Reading Activities and Teaching Resources for 1st Grade

Forget those nervous, new-to-school vibes. First graders are seasoned vets who know a thing or two about how the classroom works. Reading groups are where the magic happens.

First grade is an exciting time in a young reader's journey to literacy. Many students will be transitioning from guided to independent reading, learning how to read familiar stories with understanding and purpose. Print concepts and the ability to decode more complex words will also be developed.

For a more comprehensive look at eSpark's standards-aligned first grade reading teaching resources, check out the breakdown of covered domains and the skills students will be working on here:

Some of the skills students will master in eSpark include:

Reading Foundational Skills

  • Understand print concepts such as recognizing the distinguishing features of a sentence (first word, capitalization, ending punctuation).
  • Distinguish long from short vowels.
  • Produce single-syllable words by blending sounds.
  • Isolate and pronounce initial, middle, and final phonemes in spoken single-syllable words.
  • Segment spoken single-syllable words into individual phonemes.
  • Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.
  • Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.
  • Know final -e and common vowel team conventions.
  • Determine the number of syllables in a printed word.
  • Decode simple two-syllable words.
  • Read words with inflectional endings and affixes.
  • Recognize and read 1st grade sight words.
  • Read 1st grade text with purpose and understanding.
  • Meet 1st grade phonics, phonemic awareness, and phonological awareness objectives.

Reading Literature

  • Ask and answer questions about key details.
  • Retell stories and demonstrate understanding of the central message or lesson.
  • Describe characters, settings, and major events
  • Identify feelings words.
  • Explain differences between fiction and non-fiction texts.
  • Identify the narrator and point of view (who is telling the story?).
  • Use illustrations and textual details to describe characters, setting, or events.
  • Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
  • With prompting and support, read 1st grade prose and poetry.

Language

  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases.
  • Use sentence-level context as a clue to meaning.
  • Use frequently occurring affixes as a clue to meaning.
  • Identify frequently occurring root words and their inflectional forms.
  • Understand word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
  • Sort words into categories.
  • Define words by category and one or more key attributes.
  • Identify real-life connections between words and their use.
  • Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs and adjectives.

Reading Informational

  • Ask and answer questions about key details.
  • Identify the main topic and retell key details.
  • Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information.
  • Ask and answer questions to clarify the meaning of unknown words.
  • Know and use various text features (headings, tables of contents, glossaries, menus, icons, etc...) to locate key facts or information.
  • Distinguish between information provided by pictures and information provided by words.
  • Use illustrations and details to describe key ideas.
  • Identify author reasoning.
  • Compare and contrast two texts on the same topic
  • With prompting and support, read 1st grade informational texts.

eSpark is truly unique in the world of online learning. Our holistic, student-centered approach blends the proven benefits of play-based learning with systematic, explicit, and direct instruction. It’s proof that learning can be fun, personalized, and effective, all at once!

eSpark meets the criteria for evidence-based interventions under ESSA guidelines, and has been proven in multiple studies to improve student performance in math and reading.

When you sign up for an eSpark account, your students experience these activities via adaptive, differentiated independent pathways and teacher-driven small group assignments. Teachers also have access to detailed usage and progress reports with valuable insights into standards mastery, student growth trends, and intervention opportunities.

With the addition of the game-changing Choice Texts for the 2023-2024 school year, eSpark has cemented its status as the most loved supplemental instruction option for students and teachers alike. Claim your free account today and see the difference for yourself!