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First Grade Resources

I love first grade.  I taught this grade 4 years in public school and have taught it twice as a homeschooler.  I really love it!  One of my favorite ways to teach this grade level is through literature studies!

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Through the years we’ve tried many books and many different unit studies.  Since literature books are one of the main resources for our homeschool, I thought I’d share a couple of our favorites along with the unit studies.

Some of these are free, and a few require a small fee.  I hope you enjoy!

“The home is the first and most effective place to learn the lessons of life: truth, honor, virtue, self control, the value of education, honest work, and the purpose and privilege of life. Nothing can take the place of home in rearing and teaching children, and no other success can compensate for failure in the home.”
― David O. McKay

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Bible Study

Grapevine Bible Studies – These studies have been what we’ve used for all of my kids.  Thankfully, they have multi level lessons so all of my kids can do them at once!  To see a few of our reviews click on Esther, The Resurrection, The Exodus, The Old Testament.


Diary of a Worm Literature Study – This hilarious story is the perfect hook for kids to love reading!     This unit includes phonics spelling practice, an emergent reader for sight words, fact and opinion and adding practice!

Clifford the Big Red Dog – While Clifford is still wildly popular at my house, reading about his adventures was at the top of our list.  This literature study works along with sight words, spelling, writing, and math.

Vocabulary and ELA Skills – Sit with your children and watch them create vocabulary maps and anchor charts, work through memory and scoot games, read through themed passages, and write stories all on their own.  These are great packets to assess your children through games and hands on activities.


Math Center Journaling Pages – In many of the teaching blogs this year, math journaling is what is used in first grade.  The first semester of journaling pages combines many skills with over 50 lessons.  Kids combine cutting and gluing skills as they work through the lessons of the math journals.

Teachers Pay Teachers– Many times you can find very affordable or even free lessons.  Just type in the skill you’d like to cover and the downloads will pop up.  This is my go to place to find quick lessons.

Themed Math Packets– Through out the year it’s fun to have your skills go along with the season.

Daily Math Journals – With these calendar notebooks you can cover a lot of skills.  We used them every single morning to go through the months, days, other skills.

Unit Studies

We’re Nutty For Fall – Unit studies is by far my favorite way to teach!  In this unit you just print out the thinking maps and writing paper for your kids to write their own friendly letter.  This lesson comes with a teacher’s guide!  This is a fun study because there is a craftivity and scavenger hunt!  Poetry, daylight recordings, multiplication and spelling game are also included.


Biscuit Books – Have fun with Biscuit!  These books give your child the confidence they need to try reading!  We read one book through out the week, and wrote down the words missed on index cards.  These became the focus words of the week.

Magic Tree House – Get ready for a world of adventure!  Jack and Annie discover a magic treehouse that takes them on all kinds of adventures!  I used many of these books as springboards for our units.  We would read these books together at night and then do a unit study on them during the day.

Be sure to click on the links throughout this article, as many will take you to the unit studies and the printables.  I hope you found this helpful!

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  1. Marissa

    I am reading the Magic Tree House books with my going to be second grader this summer. He’s really into it. Thanks for sharing these great resources with the Cozy Reading Spot