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

CCSS  RF.K.3c, RF.1.3g, RF.2.3f, and RF.3.3d

You can read about Edward Dolch, Ph.D., the educator, researcher, and creator of these sight words, and why they are foundational to reading in this blog post: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Dolch Sight Words.

We have lots more sight word resources for you to choose from!

pre-primer dolch word list - alphabetical order

Dolch Sight Word Lists

These Dolch sight word lists cover grades pre-primer (preschool) through third grade. They are color coded to match the corresponding Dolch sight word flash cards on this website. The number of words on each list varies by grade (between 41-52 words each). Each list of grade level words do not include nouns. Dolch’s separate list of nouns has 95 words. You will also find a list of 150 Dolch sight word phrases.

15 color-coded lists

dolch sight word flash cards - pre-primer - black and white

Dolch Sight Words Flash Cards

The Dolch sight words flash cards sets on this page come in a black and white set and a color set for each grade level. No matter what grade you teach you can have several sets on hand for your different levels of learners. Each grade level is color coded to correspond to the Dolch word lists. A set of Dolch sight word nouns and phrases have been included here, too. Print on card stock for longer lasting cards. Cut on the dashed lines.

16 sets of flash cards

spring dolch sight word flashcards pre-primer

Dolch Sight Word Flashcards - Seasons

Well now! Let’s mix up the Dolch sight word flashcards to include the seasons. Why not? You can go plain and simple with the black & white and color Dolch sight word flash cards, you can go seasonal with these cards, or you can try the holiday themed Dolch flashcards. Whichever set of flashcards you choose, the point is for you to have fun teaching sight words and your kids to have fun learning sight words.

24 sets, 6 for each season

valentine hearts dolch sight word flashcards pre-primer

Dolch Sight Word Flashcards - Holidays

Dolch sight word flashcards come in all different kinds on this site! You have the plain black & white, the color-coded, the season sets and now the holiday sets. The holidays included are Valentine’s, St Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. It is suggested (especially if you’re going to use this much color ink!) that you print these sight word flashcards on card stock and laminate them to make them last longer. Cut on the dashed lines.

30 sets, 6 for each holiday

dolch sight word bingo - pre-primer

Dolch Sight Word Bingo

Dolch sight word bingo can be tons of fun and provide great opportunities to reinforce sight word recognition. Each sight word bingo set includes 40 large 8 1/2 x 11 bingo game cards, star shaped markers, sight word cards, and instructions. Print all 40 game cards or just enough for the number of kids in your classroom. Use card stock for longer lasting game boards and pieces. Cut the markers and sight word cards out along the colored lines.

3 sets – pre-primer, primer, and first grade – color coordinated to go with the Dolch sight word flash cards and Dolch sight word lists.