It’s all about phonics right? And getting phonics worksheets for free is a great way to make every primary teacher’s life easier so I’m here to set you up today! If you teach primary grades you know it’s all about phonics, phonics……and yes phonics! The #1 reason I love teaching 1st grade is the fact that I get to teach these babies how to read. A crucial life long skill is totally in my hands, and I don’t take that lightly. I love phonics instruction! But knowing different ways to teach it with the right and materials can be hard!
Keep reading to find out how you can score a huge download of phonics printables and free worksheets!
Reading Small Group Time
My reading small groups take up a HUGE chunk of my day. I run 3 thirty minute (yes, I said 30 minute) groups every day. I don’t teach phonics whole group at all. I save those precious minutes and divide them between my small groups so they get more time with me. If you are wondering how I can do this, well it’s because I have proven to my administration that it works!! I’ll have another post soon that goes more in depth about how I run those small groups when teaching phonics lessons.
One question I always get is what do the other students do during these long chunks of time that I am with one group.
What phonics activities do the other students do while the teacher is teaching a small group?
Phonics Worksheets For Free
Today I want to share something that is going to make your life so much easier…..Phonics worksheets for free. When I am having these long small group sessions, my other students have to be doing something right? That’s where these free phonics printable worksheets come into play for your young learners.
How I Use These Free Phonics Printable Worksheets
So how do I use these phonics printable worksheets for 1st grade? Every student has a green phonics folder with pages inside that review the previous week’s phonics skill. This ensures they don’t have to come ask me for help (and interrupt my group). Can I get an Amen?!?!
We have already spent an entire week on the skill the previous week, so they are good to go since it is a review for them. Another thing that makes these pages so easy is that every skill follows the same types of phonics worksheet and phonics game practice…..color by sound, mazes, sentence writing, comprehension, dice and spinner games, etc. After the first few weeks students get the hang of it and know exactly what is expected of them when they get their green phonics folder out to work each day. I put enough pages in their folder for them to work on the entire week and they just have to turn their folder in to me by Friday (if they do, they earn Fun Friday!) This allows them to be in control of what pages they chose to work on each day as a fun way to practice their reading skills.
What I just explained above is one of their reading rotations. They have several others they go to during our reading small group part of the day. I’ll be going over those rotations in another post soon.
Students and especially early learners need a set routine so they know exactly what is expected of them when the teacher is not available.
Another Reason To Use Free Phonics Printable Worksheets
If you still need another reason as to why these free printable phonics worksheets are so amazing for your beginning readers, well I have one for you. They are so insanely easy to differentiate. Some pages will have students only focusing on one vowel, blend, digraph, etc. so you can use those pages for students that had a hard time with the skill the week before while some pages may include 2 or more vowels, blends, digraphs, etc. Some pages use words while others use pictures. If the comprehension passage is too hard, there are some pages with only sentences. Lots of different options to teach phonics skills and meet all of your students’ learning needs!
These free phonics worksheets are great for easy differentiation into your lesson plans!
What’s Included in the Free Phonics Worksheets Packet?
In this download you will get over 130 pages that include beginning and ending blends phonics worksheets, short vowel phonics worksheets, long vowels phonics worksheets, r controlled vowel phonics worksheets, beginning and ending digraph phonics worksheets, and vowel team phonics worksheets. Also, as an added bonus I have included a Google Slides digital option.
I know how hard teachers work so I wanted to help you out this school year by giving you all of these phonics worksheets for free. There is enough in this packet that you won’t need to buy anything else. But if you do just fall in love with this system I offer each pack individually or as a bundle in my TPT shop where you can get LOTS more just like what you download!
As I mentioned above, this collection of printable phonics worksheets comes with engaging pages and phonics games such as dice games, spinner games, color by sound, and more so that your students will have fun with phonics worksheets! Just click the image below to snag this amazing offer of first grade phonics worksheets.