Sight words, also called high frequency words, are words that appear in up to 75% of the texts we read. They are words that cannot be pronounced phonetically and have non-standard spelling patterns. They also cannot be represented in pictures. Beginning readers will memorize these words by sight, enabling them to concentrate on comprehension as they grow in their reading skills. Advanced readers, and/or those in upper elementary grades, benefit from these words as well, enriching their vocabulary and comprehension skills simultaneously.
CCSS RF.K.3c, RF.K.4, RF.1.3g, RF.2.3f, RF.3.3d, RF.4.3a & RF.5.3a, and SL.K.5
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Dolch Sight Words
Dolch sight words are the 220 words that are used most frequently in our English language. Kids need to learn them by sight because they can’t be easily sounded out. Yes, that means kids need to memorize these words and recognize them just by seeing them (hence the wording “sight words”). Dolch words are divided by grade – pre-primer through third grade – into smaller lists of 41 to 52 words that are grade level appropriate.
82 resources color-coordinated by grade level
Fry High-Frequency Words
Fry high-frequency words are made up of 1,000 most frequently used words in the English language. Similar to Dolch sight words, Fry words are comprised mostly of words that need to be learned by sight (memorized) because they can’t be phonetically sounded out. They don’t fit common spelling patterns and most can’t be represented by pictures. Unlike the Dolch words, these lists include nouns. Fry’s 1,000 words are divided into 10 lists of 100 words each that are recommended for kindergarten through fifth grade. They are listed in the order in which they are most frequently used.
Kindergarten Sight Words
Kindergarten sight words are the words that are recommended for kindergarteners to learn first. They include Fry words and Dolch sight words. You will find one section dedicated to Dolch words and one to Fry words. The other sections are a compilation of these sight words used in a variety of sight word worksheets, color by sight word worksheets, and emergent reader booklets. Dolch words have a list of 40 words called pre primer sight words. Those are included in this kindergarten sight words section as well.
First Grade Sight Words
Our first grade sight words include Dolch sight words and Fry high frequency words. Even though some of the sight words appear on both lists, if you include the Dolch nouns, that’s well over 100 sight words for kiddos to master in first grade! So get out those flash cards (of which we have many!), and start your daily practice. Check off the kid’s progress on the assessment sheets. Practice the sight word phrases, too. You might even want to play sight word bingo for a bit of fun!
Second Grade Sight Words
If you’re like me, you like to have your lists to check off. It gives me a feeling of satisfaction and completion. In this section you will find two lists of second grade sight words, Dolch sight words and Fry high-frequency words. Between the two of them that’s about 150 words it’s recommended your kids learn by the end of second grade. However, with your curriculum added to these, your kids will come out far above that number. Just remember, numbers aren’t the goal. Fluent grade level appropriate reading is. Hope these resources help!
Third Grade Sight Words
Need some third grade sight words? Here’s where you’ll find a rich supply. We have both Dolch and Fry words that are appropriate for third grade right here. With nearly 150 words for kids to learn you’ll be a busy bee pollinating all your kid’s minds with these all-important words. If you print out all flash cards in this section (there’s a lot of them), pass them out to all your kids, have them learn them and switch with their table mates, they’ll have them down in no time. I know…keep dreaming. Nothing is ever that easy! Hope you enjoy these resources!