1st Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

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Kindergarten and First Grade Reading Worksheets

In our 1st grade reading comprehension worksheets below I have included many Nursery Rhymes, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the words to the Star Spangled Banner.

There are two sheets per download for different reading levels.

  1. Listen and draw.
  2. Copy work.

There is also a wonderful printable download of A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson below that has copywork of his poems, including a cursive version.

Scores of Kindergarten and 1st grade reading comprehension worksheets for reading skills.

  1. Pledge of Allegiance and Star Spangled Banner worksheets.
  2. Nursery Rhymes reading worksheets.
  3. There are no pictures so the child thinks about what he heard or read.
  4. Listen and draw worksheets.
  5. Copy work exercises.

A Child's Garden of Verses Downloads
1st Grade Reading Comprehension Worksheets

Use these 1st grade reading worksheets for several levels of practice from tracing letters and words, to phonics and reading comprehension. There are nursery rhymes and A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson.

We offer these free or you can purchase the downloads in one bundle. 

Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses - Buy this printable reading worksheets bundle with:

  • Hundreds of Manuscript worksheets.
  • Cursive writing worksheets. 
  • Classic treasury of poems for children.
  • Copybook method.

"If I had to teach in a secular school, A Child's Garden of Verses would be my best friend! It's so good for children and is universally recognized as good literature.


It's something you can use to teach morals without scandalizing. It teaches a wonderful perspective, too."


~ K. F., Elementary School Teacher


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Robert Louis Stevenson wrote some of the most beloved poems for children of all time. His A Child's Garden of Verses captures some of the sweetest elements of childhood. This printable Reading Worksheets download has his collection in several formats. Your younger students will enjoy hearing you read the story for them to draw what they imagined hearing. Older students can copy the poems on ruled lines or unruled lines. The whole set is included in a cursive writing format as well, so that you have great resources for handwriting practice worksheets.

Good Reading Instruction

One of the most important features of good reading instruction is to find interesting reading material at a level that your readers can enjoy or appreciate which is why I've made this giant bundle of reading worksheets that have different variations on the worksheets theme.

A Child's Garden of Verses is a wonderful start for teaching your students reading, poetry, and beautiful handwriting. A Child's Garden of Verses written by Robert Louis Stevenson is a beautiful collection of children's poems. I think that part of the magic is that he wrote many of them when he was still just a boy!

We have taken these poems and put them to four levels for you to choose which is best for your child:

  • Level One: has the poem written out with a place for the student to draw a picture. See these at the bottom of this page.
  • Level Two: has the poem written out on lined paper in manuscript with a blank line for the child to copy.
  • Level Three: is similar to Level Two but in beautiful cursive writing.
  • Level Four: has the poem written on one side and plain lines to copy the poem on the other side.
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Early Reading Flash Cards - Big No-No

In the past I had posted whole word reading flash cards here because they can be really great for reading practice, yet I really believe that teaching phonics, the individual sounds of the letters and their combinations, is the keystone to future reading comprehension success for beginners or for rescuing an older student that has had difficulty.

Even slower students who know the phonics sounds and the phonics rules begin to advance quickly once reading “clicks in their minds”. Phonics makes the click. Once any student has the basic reading comprehension skills he is free to read, and thereby, to learn almost anything!

Once he can read the phonics sounds and can divide words into syllables he can read longer words without needing to be taught the new words that he can read. Faster children benefit quickly and slower children have fewer difficulties. 

Once children begin to understand the prefixes and suffixes added to base words they can understand perhaps a dozen words by learning one new word. Learning the phonics rules helps them here, too, especially for being able to write.

Most students still need phonics lessons and review throughout the elementary education years so as to practice the phonics rules for bigger words with prefixes and suffixes. The prefixes and suffixes are what expand reading comprehension at any age. Then? Practice makes perfect! Read and write.

I read an article lately that convinced me to remove these flash cards, "Whatever Happened to Phonics", by Bruce Deitrick Price. He mentioned Rudolf Flesch's book, Why Johnny Can't Read, that shows that phonics is the easiest way for children to learn to ready well.

The Best Way to Learn To Read Is To Read

Beginning Readers

Personally I find that one of the best reading activities is, of course, to read. This involves more effort on the part of the teacher or the parent in the beginning to make sure that the child understands what he is reading, but it is so worth any extra effort for the future.

Teach your students write the material, or copy it. This ensures that your student has reviewed it, especially if you coach them to say it while they write it. Most children will then be able to read the selection better. Let them practice it till it's easier.

I find with the children that I have taught that if a child reviews a passage several times in several ways he can more easily comprehend its meaning. It's called studying. It takes this sort of work for any of us who are learning something new.

Older Students Reading

For older students reading comprehension can be improved by reading a good selection alone in a quiet place and reading only difficult phrases out loud as needed for comprehension.

I believe that once a student has worked through several complicated books well, that he is able then to read anything after that. The effort to get there is well worth it. Early Americans learned to read with not much more than a Bible in the home. Think. Once a child can read the Bible, he can read anything!

Writing Improves Reading Skills

It is one thing to hand a child a worksheet that amounts to a quiz, yet it is an entirely different thing to hand him our practice reading worksheets that have the correct spelling to copy. Copy work is a reading activity by which a student can actively improve his skills by his own efforts.

Even handwriting practice helps reading comprehension since the student must pay attention to every character in the words he is reading and must work in the direction that we read.

Reading and writing the English language happens left to right. Writing reinforces this truth and habit for reading. Copy work can be very helpful. In the old days Laura Ingalls Wilder copied from a book to a slate and even today college students take notes all day long to remember their work better.

Writing does aid reading and memory.

After a student can read at a third or fourth grade level the main difference in books between the elementary grades is the length of the book and maturity of content.

Elementary reading books have shorter stories, more pictures, and use the plain meaning of words. High school books are longer, have fewer pictures, and cover more complicated material. Choose books that meet your students'’ reading ability and general ability to sit through a long study, but do not chose books with limited vocabulary - at least for very long.

Our 1st grade reading comprehension worksheets are handmade for real children. I've used these reading worksheets with my own children and I hope that my own grandchildren will also learn the material they teach! 

I recommend and have used:

These have reading lesson plans that aim at teaching the Orton phonics sounds and the phonics rules taught by Dr. Orton. These companies all have a flavor of teaching phonics explicitly, not making the child guess or hope to take a photographic memory of a zillion words as pointed out by Rudolf Flesch in his work! This is crazy:

  • We have decided to…learn to read English as if it were Chinese. One word after another after another after another. If we want to read materials with a vocabulary of 10,000 words, then we have to memorize 10,000 words....

Phonics And Reading Downloads

Buy the whole collection of our phonics or reading worksheets. This way you have easy access to helping your students excel in necessary reading skills and you will not need to be on the internet. Phonics practice at it's best!

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