A great way to get your kiddos to master those essential skills in first grade is with workbooks! They lay out the task simply for your learners, and they can usually complete the tasks pretty independently. We’ve compiled a list of workbooks that’ll help make learning enjoyable and will improve their handwriting, reading, math, social studies, and science. Read on and have a look at our list of 58 of the most amazing workbooks for first graders!
Penmanship and Writing Skills Workbooks
1. Handwriting Without Tears: My Printing Book
Let your kids hone their handwriting skills with this super workbook. Among the many educational print books for kids, this particular workbook is used for kindergarten through first grade. This one is a great all-rounder, offering kids practice with writing, even on various sizes of lines. Why not give this one a go when including cross-curricula writing in your lesson plans?
2. Highlights Handwriting: Word Practice
The grade-level activities included in this workbook create learning with a purpose. These activities will help your students learn through practice and repetition. This resource offers a word practice and activity combination for children, including videos, games, and interactive exercises designed by handwriting experts! This is a super fun way to teach them new words and improve their writing skills.
3. Handwriting Workbook for Kids: 3-in-1 Writing Practice Book to Master Letters, Words & Sentences
Scholdeners’s workbook includes learning materials that use riddles, jokes, and motivational words of encouragement to keep your kiddies hooked. The age-appropriate activities include first-grade writing practice in parts–the step-by-step learning program helps your kids progress from forming letters of the alphabet all the way up to mastering writing in full sentences!
4. Grade 1 Writing (Kumon Writing Workbooks) Paperback
Let your little ones practice their vocabulary, grammar, sentence writing, and paragraph writing in Kumon’s Writing Workbook. Kumon’s theory is that kids learn best when focusing on one skill at a time using a fun activity. Your first-grade students will love the handwriting instruction in this book which includes days of curriculum-based exercises to keep them involved in their learning!
5. Scholastic Success With Writing: Grade 1 Workbook
With a whopping 40 ready-to-use pages of standard-based writing activities, Scholastic Success with Writing will immerse your kiddies in independent writing activities. The directions are super easy for them to follow and the activities do a fantastic job of keeping them motivated to finish the task. This workbook is sure to get your little ones excited to begin their journey of conquering the writing process on their own!
6. Spectrum Language Arts
In this workbook, your students will practice their writing in order to get stronger at communicating effectively. They’ll discover new words and phrases through fun activities and games before they progress on to interesting, open-ended writing tasks and grade-appropriate practices. This resource will help your kiddos learn basic grammar skills such as spelling, punctuation, and more.
7. Kindergarten and First Grade Writing Paper
Journaling is a great way to encourage your reluctant writers. Let your first graders doodle on one of the pages, then support them to write one or two sentences about their drawing. Each workbook page has a space for a drawing and some handwriting lines to support their letter formation to ensure they’re using their very best handwriting as they share their stories!
Reading and Comprehension Workbooks
8. 100 Words Kids Need to Read by 1st Grade: Sight Word Practice to Build Strong Readers
Learning common words is a surefire way to boost your first-graders’ reading skills! Supplemental learning tools such as this teacher-approved workbook will give them the advantage of learning beginner vocabulary and moving on to mastering these skills. This workbook uses sight words in a variety of activities for your children to work through, including using the words in context and proofreading activities.
9. My Sight Words Workbook: 101 High-Frequency Words Plus Games & Activities
With this workbook, your kids will learn sight words through a whole bunch of delightful activities and games. Sight words are commonly used words like “of,” “the”, and “you” that cannot be taught using traditional methods– they must instead be memorized. In this workbook, your learners will practice writing the words and using them in a sentence.
10. Star Wars Workbook: 1st Grade Reading
A standards-based first-grade workbook mimicking the Star Wars saga? Say no more! This workbook is sure to engage your students with a whole host of activities targeting skills such as word recognition, making connections, and basic reading comprehension. It is equally wonderful for first-grade classrooms or home use.
11. 180 Days of Reading
Created by teachers, 180 Days of Reading for First Grade is perfect for home learning opportunities as well as classroom learning. The daily activities in this workbook cover everything from phonics to word recognition to reading comprehension. As a bonus, there are even writing activities included as an accompanying activity for whenever your kiddos are ready for the next step!
12. Scholastic Success with Reading Comprehension Workbook
Allow your students to dive into some self-directed learning as they use skill-based practice with activities aligned with the state standards. The kid-friendly, teacher-reviewed exercises in this workbook will keep your first graders motivated and learning to comprehend what they are reading.
13. Spectrum Reading Workbook
This reading comprehension workbook, with an answer key for home or school use, will totally engross your little ones in both fiction and nonfiction passages. In this first-grade writing workbook, they’ll delve into key ideas and details along with the integration of knowledge and concepts of both genres.
14. 1st Grade Reading Skill Builders Workbook
With bright colors and engaging activities, this resource is perfect for your early readers who need a little extra practice before they tackle their next chapter. It includes a range of exercises designed to help them improve their reading skills by strengthening their understanding of English vocabulary, grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and comprehension. The perfect all-rounder reading skills workbook!
15. The Big Book of Reading Comprehension Activities
With The Big Book of Reading Comprehension Activities, your first graders will learn to read and improve their comprehension skills. The fun activities and engaging questions offer your students a way to develop their writing skills– they’ll learn about the different parts of a story, how to pose questions about what they’ve just learned and so much more!
16. Spectrum Phonics
Beat summer learning loss with this workbook that puts the focus on phonics practice! Your kids will cover the essentials for identifying and understanding the many sounds of the alphabetic system. This book also includes curriculum-aligned exercises from first-grade vocabulary lists for each lesson to worksheets designed to help them practice their new reading skills.
17. Sight Words and Spelling Workbook
Get your first graders on their way to spelling bee success! This cute workbook has a bunch of activities to give them daily practice in identifying and spelling sight words. Your students will practice high-frequency words with spelling puzzles, fill-in-the-blank questions, and more. The activities are pretty straightforward and offer them the repetition kids need to commit new words to memory.
18. Daily Reading Comprehension
Beginning in first grade, reading comprehension becomes an important piece of your learners’ literacy practice. The Daily Reading Comprehension Workbook has a different reading comprehension task for each day of the week, supporting your kiddos to practice their strategies. Due to passage difficulty, this resource is probably best for your first-grade readers with strong decoding skills.
19. Daily Language Review
This is one you can implement easily in your daily routine! This language review book is perfect for your kiddos to use to practice their skills in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and more! The exercises are super quick–just four per day–which will provide them with the practice they need without overwhelming them!
20. Grammar and Punctuation
Best suited to your more confident first graders, this one will be useful for as long as you need it–the pages are all reproducible, so you can copy to your heart’s content and use it year after year. The activities in this workbook are a great way to have your kids practicing skills like making plurals, using irregular verbs, and even moving on to some more complex concepts!
21. 180 Days of Spelling and Word Study for First Grade
A key part of your first graders’ year will be learning new high-frequency words. These daily spelling and word study exercises are perfect for helping them reach their goals! The activities are presented in a range of interesting and exciting ways and include digital resources to help you meet every student’s unique learning needs.
22. TinkerActive Workbooks: 1st Grade Math
With hands-on activities and math exercises, Tinker Active’s Workbook for Math is perfect for your first-grade classroom! Your kids will become tinker engineers as they complete the accompanying activities in this book to cover basic math skills as well as dabble in some problem-solving skills.
23. Spectrum First Grade Math Workbook
Your kiddies will have the chance to concentrate on their basic math skills as they complete the focused exercises and tests that follow state standards in this workbook. There are diagnostic tests accompanying Spectrum’s Math Workbook that include pre-and post-tests, mids, and final tests which are perfect for your tracking information!
24. 1st Grade Jumbo Math Success Workbook
There’s a lot to cover in first-grade math! Thankfully every topic from number operations, geometry, and measurements, to time and money skills fills this huge workbook! It’s like getting three workbooks in one with the number of engaging math activities that you’ll have on hand for your class!
25. Star Wars Workbook: 1st Grade Math
The little Jedi in your class is sure to love this option! This Star Wars Math Workbook follows National Common Core Standards as it leads your learners in their math practice with its characters, starships, and more! Your kids will work their way through a whole bunch of fun activities as they learn all about place value and delve into word problems, among other basic math skills.
26. Grade 1 Addition (Kumon Math Workbooks)
Practice basic addition skills with your kiddies using this interactive math workbook from Kumon. It’s aligned with state standards and will take your students through a progression of activities to help them build a good foundation of math skills. These skills are sure to serve them well for years to come!
27. Grade 1 Subtraction (Kumon Math Workbooks)
Kumon’s Subtraction workbook is perfect for homeschooling or classroom use. Its tried and tested step-by-step method allows your students to take a deep dive into each of the covered concepts so they can master them before moving on. The activities on subtracting one and two-digit numbers are engaging and will help your little ones learn without frustration!
28. Scholastic Success With Addition & Subtraction
Motivate your kiddos with this math workbook by Scholastic. The engaging activities such as color-by-number tasks will have your students mastering the basics of addition and subtraction in no time! The pages are reproducible meaning that you’ll get years of use out of this book and the activities are even aligned to state standards! What’s not to love?!
29. The Ultimate First-Grade Math Workbook
This workbook is jam-packed with must-know math skills for your first graders! The colorful pages and fun activities will keep them engaged as they pick up and develop all their essential math skills. This workbook is filled with curriculum-aligned exercises that are presented in a fantastically simple way for your little ones.
30. Beginning Math
This first-grade math workbook incorporates puzzles, games, and cool stickers to keep your young learners engaged while practicing their basic math skills. They’ll complete coloring activities to identify shapes or race the clock to answer arithmetic problems, amongst other fun activities! They’ll be having so much fun they’ll forget they’re doing classwork!
31. Addition Subtraction Practice Workbook
Take the resourcing stress out of your next addition or subtraction lesson! This mathematics workbook is bursting with a whole bunch of worksheets that’ll sharpen your kiddies’ addition and subtraction skills, using important support strategies like finding missing numbers, using ten-frames, and more. You can easily use classroom manipulatives with the exercises for a more hands-on approach to learning!
32. Math Puzzles for Clever Kids
Show your first graders just how fun math can really be with this workbook full of puzzles and games! It has adorable illustrations and activities like Sudoku, mazes, and counting challenges to build their math skills the fun way! Best of all, it was made by a first-grade teacher, so you’re in safe hands!
33. Evan-Moor Daily Math Word Problems
We love these books for their short, daily activities that provide targeted practice on specific academic skills. This word problems workbook is perfect for growing your first graders’ critical thinking skills! Covering topics from comparing numbers to graphing and telling time, the daily practice and weekly challenge will grow your kiddos’ math mindsets.
34. Addition and Subtraction
This colorful, cute workbook from School Zone is another great book to help your kiddos boost their math skills! Each page includes a quick review of an addition or subtraction strategy along with tools for your students to use to solve the equations. You’ll also get a 30-day trial of the publisher’s online learning resources! What’s not to love?!
Social Studies and Science Workbooks
35. DK Workbooks: Geography Learn and Explore
With each page of this geography workbook, your kids will learn something new about the world! They’ll enjoy completing a series of fun activities to earn their certificate of accomplishment at the end of the workbook. The learning covers countries across the seven continents, and capital cities, and even takes a closer look at the 50 states of the USA!
36. 180 Days of Social Studies
With this classroom workbook, you’ll get weekly geography lessons that’ll help your kids develop their knowledge and learn new concepts quickly. In addition to developing their map reading and spatial skills and answering text and photo-dependent questions, your students will also get the chance to learn about how humans affect and interact with their environment!
37. My First Grade Geography Workbook: 101 Games & Activities To Support First Grade Geography Skills
With activities that make learning last longer than ever before, this workbook has geography games and exercises that are perfect for both school and home use. It was made for first graders to support classroom skills that help your first graders master activities like following directions or finding features on a map– all of which are in line with the national standards.
38. 180 Days of Science
This book will give you a science activity for every day of the school year with your first graders! They’ll love the chance to practice a little science every day during the school year. This valuable workbook offers you a weekly set of science lessons that’ll help develop your learners’ awareness of the subject and introduce them to basic science procedures and concepts.
39. DK Workbooks: Science Learn and Explore
Another super offering from DK, this workbook provides an introduction to scientific thinking for your littlest learners. Think of a science topic, and this book covers it! From animals moving, muscles, bones, and hearts to teeth, fossils, and more! This one is designed by educators for educators, and is full of a whole load of engaging activities that help your kiddos to understand concepts through some hands-on practice!
40. Super Science World of WOW
Explore the wonders of STEM with your first graders using this fantastic workbook by Scholastic. This is a totally comprehensive science resource that includes interesting topics in Earth, Life, and Physical Sciences. There are articles that’ll help your little ones build up their background knowledge and some projects to get hands-on with.
41. Tinker Active Workbooks
Kick off your first graders’ science learning by covering the basics and get them problem-solving with this workbook. Your kids will take on some exciting hands-on tinkering, making, and engineering projects using only commonly available household items. What a perfect way to help your children learn concepts while keeping their enthusiasm up and making it fun!
42. The Human Body Activity Book
This hands-on workbook is full of exciting learning opportunities for your first graders. The included diagrams, puzzles, and accompanying resources are perfect for helping your younger students learn about body systems, including their nervous system, skeletal system, and much more.
43. Skill Sharpeners Science
The Skill Sharpeners Science workbook is an incredible resource to keep your children engaged in science content year-round. It includes short passages and activities for you to use in teaching them about everything from physics basics to Earth Science. The photographs used throughout the text will really help your students connect learning to the real world.
44. Hands-On Science
The hands-on activities included in this workbook are perfect for your budding biologists, meteorologists, and physicists. Each activity includes a materials list and a planning page for teachers. Your kiddies will love getting to have their very own “lab book” for recording the findings of their very first experiments!
45. Cut and Paste Science
This cut-and-paste activity booklet will build your students’ fine motor skills as they learn about different science concepts! It covers everything from the water cycle to our five senses, and the activities will help your kiddies get to grips with and practice some new scientific vocab.
46. History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations
This incredible workbook helps your budding historians learn about ancient civilizations through different projects! Each lesson has resources for your students to read and includes ideas for craft projects like making paper dolls or pottery designs. It also includes a passport to track where they’ve “been” on their journeys through history.
47. 180 Days of Social-Emotional Learning
This workbook is perfect to introduce your first-grade students to social-emotional learning (SEL). It provides SEL activities that connect to the commonly used Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) competencies! The included lessons help your kiddos to build self-awareness, explore connections, and learn about a diverse range of perspectives.
48. My First Logic Workbook for Kids
We all know how important those problem-solving skills are throughout our students’ school careers! This handy workbook offers over 100 engaging activities that’ll help your first graders expand their problem-solving skills. It includes a mixture of puzzles in spatial reasoning, math, logic, and focus, which increase in difficulty over time, making this an ideal resource to have in your classroom!
49. My First Activities on the Go Workbook Pack
Keep your kiddos entertained and engaged with this set of six workbooks. These are perfect for first graders as each workbook contains fun activities that’ll help to introduce, extend, and review fundamental skills. The exciting activities include hidden pictures, crosswords, mazes, and word searches. They’ll love the cute illustrations and be kept busy for hours!
50. Top Student
Top Student is an incredibly well-rounded workbook for your little learners. Its main focus is STEM and social studies, but it also has critical literacy concepts from handwriting practice to spelling and phonics! The highlight of this resource is the QR code links to mindfulness exercises, which weave social-emotional learning into their academic practice.
51. Dr. Seuss Workbook
This fun-filled workbook helps your first-grade students practice their essential skills like counting, measuring, blending phonemes, and more, all within the fantastical world of Dr. Seuss! This resource also aims to build their confidence through achievement certificates and colorful stickers for rewards!
52. Summer Bridge Activities
The Summer Bridge series of workbooks can help your kiddos bridge the gap over the summer between grade levels. This summer workbook is the perfect resource to recommend to parents for over the summer break to help prevent the “summer slide” or to use in your back-to-school planning! The 160-page workbook gets your learners to practice for about 15 minutes a day with letters, numbers, and fun experiments!
53. Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills
This fantastic workbook has hundreds of pages of activities for helping your first graders master critical skills–this is perfect for any kiddos who need some extra practice! Not only does it include loads of exciting activities, but there’s also an adult guide included so that you can get the best out of this amazing resource!
54. Highlights First Grade Big Fun Workbook
This workbook is full of amazing activities for your first graders and is the perfect all-rounder! Your kids will learn through play with the included experiments, tongue twisters, and seek-and-find activities. This one is even approved by parents as it’s a Parent’s Choice Recommended Book!
55. Brain Quest Workbook
The classic Brain Quest cards now come in workbook form! The 320-page activity book has a year’s worth of first-grade exercises, from phonics practice to telling time, to exploring technology and coding. It even comes with a deck of Brain Quest cards to continue learning on the go! What more could you want!?
56. Summer Brain Quest
Another excellent resource from Brain Quest is their summer bridge series! Your children will love tracking their progress on the map as they complete each daily activity. Beyond the well-rounded activities, this workbook also has a suggested reading list as an additional challenge for your learners.
57. Ready Set Learn: First-Grade Activities
Another fantastic all-rounder workbook is this one from the Ready-Set-Learn series! This one has you covered for activities on phonics, spelling, and math basics. It also contains a bunch of puzzles, mazes, tracing pages, and more to keep your young learners engaged, and comes with over 180 stickers!
58. Get Ready for School: First-Grade
If you’re looking to have your learners get a jumpstart on first grade, then look no further than this Get Ready for School workbook. Its 400+ activities are all aligned to Common Core standards for math and reading, and also introduce your little ones to early science and social studies topics!