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By Jaydra Hamid • August 20, 2020

7 Free Games to Teach First Grade Reading Foundational Skills

The reading foundational skills taught in first grade are crucial in developing a level of understanding students can build upon throughout the rest of their educational journey.

Our team of former educators has created these effective and engaging resources you can use to help your students master key standards, all while fostering a love of reading! All of the games listed below are tailored to Common Core standards, and can be found within eSpark’s differentiated reading curriculum. Try out these games with your students for free!

1. Suzy Sloth’s Sentences

In this interactive game, Suzy Sloth helps students learn how to recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence, like capitalization and punctuation.

1.RF.1.a Sloth Sentence Game

Standard Alignment: 1.RF.1.a – Recognize the distinguishing features of a sentence (e.g., first word, capitalization, ending punctuation)

2. Olive vs. The Dragons

Your students can play this game to learn how to differentiate long and short vowel sounds by helping Olive the Knight keep her castle safe from dragons!

1.RF.2.a Olive vs. The Dragons Game

Standard Alignment: 1.RF.2.a – Recognize and produce rhyming words

3. Digraph Nature Walk

This fun game takes students on a trip through nature as they learn spelling-sound correspondences for secondary consonant digraphs.

1.RF.3.a Digraph Nature Walk Game

Standard Alignment: 1.RF.3.a – Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs

4. Word Building

In this game, students can put on their “construction hats” to practice breaking words down by their sounds and putting them back together.

1.RF.3.b Word Building Game

Standard Alignment: 1.RF.3.b – Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words

5. Magic ‘e’

Students will develop an understanding of final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds, all while putting together a magic show!

1.RF.3.c Magic ‘e’ Game

Standard Alignment: 1.RF.3.c – Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds

6. Chef Duck’s Word Cafe

In this game, your students can help Chef Duck serve up tasty recipes by filling in the missing long vowel sounds and learning common vowel team conventions.

1.RF.3.c Chef Duck’s Word Cafe Game

Standard Alignment: 1.RF.3.c – Know final -e and common vowel team conventions for representing long vowel sounds

7. Quincy’s Sight Word Dig

This interactive game will help your students recognize and read irregularly spelled words, so Quincy the Dog can find all of the bones she has buried!

1.RF.3.g Quincy’s Sight Word Dig Game

Standard Alignment: 1.RF.3.g – Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.

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