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Great English Homework Ideas For First-Grade Students

Students in first grade love to learn and generally think school is a lot of fun. They learn well with pictures and examples and most of them love to write, draw and color. Adding pictures, puzzles, diagrams and other things to the homework sheets is a big benefit for children this age.

First grade homework sheets are generally available at little to no cost online. You can get ideas from them for spelling, grammar, story plot and writing, and any other aspect of the English curriculum you could possibly think of.

Here are some ideas:

  1. Write a little story, with some pictures to accompany it. Make some spelling and grammar mistakes on purpose. Ask the student to circle the word they think is incorrect and pencil in the correction.
  2. Ask the child to read a story at home with their parent or a different family member. Then ask the child to write a summary of the story in their own words. 3 or 4 sentences is sufficient at this grade level.
  3. Make a list of words that are often confused with each other, such as then and than, your, you’re and their, there and they’re. Make some sample sentences using these words and ask the student to fill in the blanks with the correct form of the word.
  4. Make a matching game. Have some pictures on one side of the page and a list of words on the other. Ask the student to draw a line to match up the correct word with the picture.
  5. Make a game of mixed up sentences. Write out 10 sentences that are very different from each other. Then cut the sentences in half and scramble the second half of the sentences so the student has to choose which second half best completes each first half, so the end result is the 10 original sentences.
  6. Choose a list of common words that are often difficult for first grade students to sound out. Ask them to trace each word and then write it out again on their own. This extra practice of writing the word letter by letter will help them learn to sound out the words as they learn to spell and write.
  7. Do a matching game where you have pictures and the sounds they make. Scramble up the sounds so the student must read through them and then match the appropriate sound to the object that makes the sound.