Oo sound

Oo sound

The "oo" sound has a few different spellings, including "oo," "ue," and "u_e."
Have students think about words that have the "oo" sound and chart them on sticky notes. Then have students come up and sort them by spelling patterns (such as "oo," "ue," or "u_e").
Oo Sound
Worksheet
Oo Sound
All vowels behave differently. Explore the difference between the two "oo" sounds with this phonics worksheet.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Practicing Diphthongs: "Oo"
Worksheet
Practicing Diphthongs: "Oo"
Practice phonics with this activity about vowel diphthongs. This one features words with the "oo" sound!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vowel Diphthongs: "Oo"
Worksheet
Vowel Diphthongs: "Oo"
MOO! That's the sound that the diphthong "OO" makes. Whether your kid is moody or cool, he'll soon learn about this sliding vowel sound.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Word Scramble: Double Vowels
Worksheet
Word Scramble: Double Vowels
This first grade word scramble will give your child practice with the different sounds that the double vowels "oo" and "ue" can make.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
"ool" Word Family Maze
Worksheet
"ool" Word Family Maze
Have some fun with word families! This maze is all about the "ool" family. Draw a line through the words ending in "-ool".
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Long O Words Spelling
Game
Long O Words Spelling
What letter combinations make the long O sound? Kids practice common long O spelling patterns in this interactive bus stop game.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Game

Data Collection

Data Collection

Your child can conduct mini surveys among family members or friends to practice data collection. One example to try: "Which vegetable do you prefer: broccoli, peas, or carrots?"
Prepare mini surveys for the students at the beginning of each lesson, and analyze the results as a class. One example to try: "Which vegetable do you prefer: broccoli, peas, or carrots?"
Super Shapes: Count and Graph
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Super Shapes: Count and Graph
Introduce kids to key math skills on this shape-filled worksheet. Kids count and color the different shapes, then make a graph to show how many are pictured.
1st grade
Math
Worksheet
Shape Dimensions: Solid Figures
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Shape Dimensions: Solid Figures
Kids get acquainted with three-dimensional shapes like cubes, cones and prisms, and practice building a bar graph while they're at it.
1st grade
Math
Worksheet
Bar Graphs: Favorite Color
Worksheet
Bar Graphs: Favorite Color
Fill out a basic bar graph by polling students for their favorite color.
1st grade
Math
Worksheet
Weather Graph
Worksheet
Weather Graph
Observe and record the weather with your kindergartener with this cute fill-in weather graph.
1st grade
Math
Worksheet
Beginning Bar Graphs: Favorite Sports
Worksheet
Beginning Bar Graphs: Favorite Sports
Football, basketball, baseball, or hockey? Channel your child's love of sports into a beginner's bar graph lesson.
1st grade
Math
Worksheet
Color Bar Graph
Game
Color Bar Graph
Kids must help Cuz-Cuz and Birdee read bar graphs in this colorful data game.
1st grade
Math
Game
Graphing a Fruit Survey
Lesson plan
Graphing a Fruit Survey
What's your favorite fruit? In this lesson, your students will practice important skills by learning to interpret and present data in a visual form.
1st grade
Math
Lesson plan

Nonfiction

Nonfiction

The next time your child doesn't know a word in a nonfiction text, see if you can get him to figure out what it means from context. Pictures in the book might also help reveal the meaning.
Have students record tricky new vocabulary words on sticky notes and stick them on the text. Students can work together to figure out what the word is and what it means, using picture and context clues.
Verbs Relay Race!
Activity
Verbs Relay Race!
Help your first grade reader understand verbs by doing them in this boisterous playground relay race.
1st grade
Activity
Preposition Sentence Examples
Worksheet
Preposition Sentence Examples
Multiple choice questions cut to the chase with 10 fill-in-the blank preposition sentence examples.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary Backpack
Worksheet
Vocabulary Backpack
The words you learn from reading can go with you wherever you go! As students read nonfiction books, have them add the new words they learn — along with their definitions — to this vocabulary backpack!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer Template: Web of Words
Worksheet
Graphic Organizer Template: Web of Words
As students read nonfiction books, have them think which important words teach about the main topic. At the end of this activity, students will have made a web of vocabulary words!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary is the Key!
Worksheet
Vocabulary is the Key!
When reading nonfiction books, it’s important to understand the meaning of related vocabulary words. In this activity, students identify sentences that include key vocabulary. When they're done they'll hold the key to reading success!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction
Lesson plan
New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction
Your students will deepen their understanding and build their vocabulary through reading nonfiction texts and identifying unknown words.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan
Figuring Out Tricky Words
Lesson plan
Figuring Out Tricky Words
Get ready to teach students strategies for understanding new words! Students will practice strategies to read new words in nonfiction books. This lesson can be used alone or with the New Words, New Ideas: Reading Nonfiction lesson plan.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson plan

Writing Nonfiction: Punctuation

Writing Nonfiction: Punctuation

After your child writes something for school, have him read the text to make sure every sentence starts with a capital letter and ends with a period.
While students are working their nonfiction stories make sure to focus on punctuation. Give students a check list to make sure they are putting capitals at the beginning of sentences and periods at the end of sentences.
When to Capitalize
Worksheet
When to Capitalize
Confused about when to capitalize? This handy reference worksheet goes over common capitalization rules that kids encounter frequently.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punctuation: In the Garden
Worksheet
Punctuation: In the Garden
Use this fun plant-themed worksheet to help teach basic punctuation
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Basic Punctuation
Worksheet
Basic Punctuation
Budding writers can master their basic punctuation with this worksheet. These sentences are missing ending punctuation marks.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punctuation: In the Lunch Room
Worksheet
Punctuation: In the Lunch Room
Help the students enjoy their meals by writing the correct punctuation at the end of each sentence.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Get into Grammar: Capitalization
Worksheet
Get into Grammar: Capitalization
Although it may seem trivial, remembering to write the proper letter--whether lower or uppercase--is one of the most important writing skills for first grade.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
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