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Sight Words

Sight Words
Question:
What is the difference between the Dolch and Fry sight words?

Answer: The Dolch list was created in the early 1900’s and is made up of the first 220 basic sight words. Between 50-75% of all words used in school books, library books, newspapers, and magazines are in the Dolch Basic Sight Vocabulary of 220 words. These words are “service words” (pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and verbs) which cannot be learned through the use of pictures. Because they are used to hold thoughts together, these words must be recognized at a glance before a child can read with confidence. Click here for the Dolch list. The Fry list was created as an updated list based on the changes in language and is made up of 1000 of the most commonly used words in the English language. It is ordered by frequency so all of the Dolch words are embedded in this list. These words make up about 90% of all written language. Click here for the Fry list.

Sight words are a primary word knowledge focus for both the first and second trimester benchmarks. Whether you use these words to address your benchmarks or to implement a word wall, remember that assessment drives instruction. Print out the word lists and make copies of the words for each child in your classroom. Individually meet with each student and have each student read the word list(s) to you. By highlighting the words your students do not know, you will have a quick and visual way of determining which words to teach first. Also, student writing journals are helpful in determining which words to teach. Look through the journals regularly for words students misspell or misuse in their writing. Lastly, as you listen to students read orally, note which sight words the students cannot decode and which sight words students mispronounce.

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Dolch Word List

Pre Primer List



a

and

away

big

blue

can

come

down

find

for

funny

go

help

here

I

in

is

it

jump

little

look

make

me

my

not

one

play

red

run

said

see

the

three

to

two

up

we

where

yellow

you


Primer List


all

am

are

at

ate

be

black

brown

but

came

did

do

eat

four

get

good

have

he

into

like

must

new

no

now

on

our

out

please

pretty

ran

ride

saw

say

she

so

soon

that

there

they

this

too

under

want

was

well

went

what

white

who

will

with

yes



First Grade List


after

again

an

any

as

ask

by

could

every

fly

from

give

giving

had

has

her

him

his

how

just

know

let

live

may

of

old

once

open

over

put

round

some

stop

take

thank

them

then

think

walk

were

when






Second Grade List


always

around

because

been

before

best

both

buy

call

cold

does

don’t

fast

first

five

found

gave

goes

green

its

made

many

off

or

pull

read

right

sing

sit

sleep

tell

their

these

those

upon

us

use

very

wash

which

why

wish

work

would

write

your





Third Grade List


about

better

bring

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carry

clean

cut

done

draw

drink

eight

fall

far

full

got

grow

hold

hot

hurt

if

keep

kind

laugh

light

long

much

myself

never

only

own

pick

seven

shall

show

six

small

start

ten

today

together

try

warm







Fry’s Instant Words

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First 100 Words (approximately first grade)


Group 

1a


Group 

1b

Group 

1c

Group 

1d

the

he

go

who

a

I

see

an

is

they

then

their

you

one

us

she

to

good

no

new

and

me

him

said

we

about

by

did

that

had

was

boy

in

if

come

three

not

some

get

down

for

up

or

work

at

her

two

put

with

do

man

were

it

when

little

before

on

so

has

just

can

my

them

long

will

very

how

here

are

all

like

other

of

would

our

old

this

any

what

take

your

been

know

cat

as

out

make

again

but

there

which

give

be

from

much

after

have

day

his

many




Second 100 Words (approximately 2nd grade)


Group

2a

Group 

2b

Group 

2c

Group 

2d


saw


big


may


ran

home

where

let

five

soon

am

use

read

stand

ball

these

over

box

morning

right

such

upon

live

present

way

first

four

tell

too

came

last

next

shall

girl

color

please

own

house

away

leave

most

find

red

hand

sure

because

friend

more

thing

made

pretty

why

only

could

eat

better

near

book

want

under

than

look

year

while

open

mother

white

should

kind

run

got

never

must

school

play

each

high

people

found

best

far

night

left

another

both

into

men

seem

end

say

bring

tree

also

think

wish

name

until

back

black

dear

call

Third 100 Words (approximately 3rd grade)


Group 

3a

Group 

3b

Group 

3c

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Group 

3d


ask

hat

off

fire

small

car

sister

ten

yellow

write

happy

order

show

try

once

part

goes

myself

didn’t

early

clean

longer

set

fat

buy

those

round

third

thank

hold

dress

same

sleep

full

fall

love

letter

carry

wash

hear

jump

eight

start

yesterday

help

sing

always

eyes

fly

warm

anything

door

don’t

sit

around

clothes

fast

dog

close

though

cold

ride

walk

o’clock

today

hot

money

second

does

grow

turn

water

face

cut

might

town

green

seven

hard

took

every

woman

along

pair

brown

funny

bed

now

coat

yes

fine

keep

six

ate

sat

head

gave

stop

hope

food



Fourth 100 Words (approximately 4th grade)


Group 

4a

Group 

4b

Group 

4c

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Group 

4d


told

time

word

wear

Miss

yet

almost

Mr.

father

TRUE

thought

side

children

above

send

poor

land

still

receive

lost

interest

meet

pay

outside

government

since

nothing

wind

feet

number

need

Mrs.

garden

state

mean

learn

done

matter

late

held

country

line

half

front

different

remember

fight

built

bad

large

enough

family

across

few

feel

began

yard

bit

during

air

winter

cover

gone

young

table

window

hundred

ago

story

even

week

world

sometimes

city

between

airplane

I’m

together

change

without

tried

sun

being

kill

horse

life

care

ready

something

street

answer

stay

brought

party

course

won’t

shoes

suit

against

paper



Fifth 100 Words (approximately fourth grade)


Group 

4e

Group 

4f

Group 

4g

Group 

4h


hour

grade

egg

spell

glad

brother

ground

beautiful

follow

remain

afternoon

sick

company

milk

feed

became

believe

several

boat

cry

begin

war

plan

finish

mind

able

question

catch

pass

charge

fish

floor

reach

either

return

stick

month

less

sir

great

point

train

fell

guess

rest

cost

hill

bridge

sent

evening

wood

church

talk

note

add

lady

went

past

ice

tomorrow

bank

room

chair

snow

ship

flew

watch

whom

business

office

alone

women

whole

cow

low

among

short

visit

arm

road

certain

wait

dinner

farm

fair

teacher

hair

cousin

reason

spring

service

bread

summer

picture

class

wrong

fill

bird

quite

age



Sixth 100 Words (approximately fourth grade)


Group 

4i

Group 

4j

Group 

4k

Group 

4l


become

herself

demand

aunt

body

idea

however

system

chance

drop

figure

lie

act

river

case

cause

die

smile

increase

marry

real

son

enjoy

possible

speak

bat

rather

supply

already

fact

sound

thousand

doctor

sort

eleven

pen

step

king

music

condition

itself

dark

human

perhaps

nine

themselves

court

produce

baby

whose

force

twelve

minute

study

plant

rode

ring

fear

suppose

uncle

wrote

move

law

labor

happen

stood

husband

public

appear

himself

moment

consider

heart

strong

person

thus

swim

knew

result

least

felt

often

continue

power

fourth

toward

price

mark

I’ll

wonder

serve

president

kept

twenty

national

voice

well

important

wife

whether