Sight Words List now on the 2A blog for your reference

Dear parents,

I would like to inform you about the concept of “sight words”.   Good readers should be able to “sound out” words, but they must also master reading common sight words.  These are words that must be memorized and quickly recognized in order to achieve reading fluency.

A list of English sight words, The Dolch Word List, was compiled by Edward William Dolch, PhD, in 1948. They are still used today as they are frequently seen in children’s books, and must be recognized easily by readers.  Sight words make up 50 to 70 percent of any general text. Therefore, teaching The Dolch Word List is a crucial goal of education in grades kindergarten through 3.

Many of the 220 Dolch words cannot be “sounded out” and have to be learned by “sight,” that is memorized. The list is divided into grade levels. It includes pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and verbs. The basic list excludes nouns, which make up a separate 95 word list, which I will include below.  Repetition and practice are very important in making recognition of sight words automatic. Once this core of basic sight words has been memorized, children read more fluently, with greater comprehension.

Below are the Dolch word lists, the 220 most common words and 95 additional nouns in children’s reading books, in alphabetical order.

It would be a great idea to go over these words with your children and if there are any that they struggle with, or do not recognize right away, to highlight those particular words and review them every once in a while.  I have included up to Third Grade words in case some of your children have already mastered the other lists.

If you want to work on sight words at home, you can find wordsearches, flashcards and activities on the following website:
http://www.k12reader.com/dolch-word-list/

Thank you very much! Ms. Angelucci

All 220 Dolch sight words in alphabetical order by grade.

Pre-Primer

Primer

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

a all after always about
and am again around better
away are an because bring
big at any been carry
blue ate as before clean
can be ask best cut
come black by both done
down brown could buy draw
find but every call drink
for came fly cold eight
funny did from does fall
go do give don’t far
help eat going fast full
here four had first got
I get has five grow
in good her found hold
is have him gave hot
it he his goes hurt
jump into how green if
little like just its keep
look must know made kind
make new let many laugh
me no live off light
my now may or long
not on of pull much
one our old read myself
play out once right never
red please open sing only
run pretty over sit own
said ran put sleep pick
see ride round tell seven
the saw some their shall
three say stop these show
to she take those six
two so thank upon small
up soon them us start
we that then use ten
where there think very today
yellow they walk wash together
you this were which try
too when why warm
under wish
want work
was would
well write
went your
what
white
who
will
with
yes

95 Common Nouns

apple
baby
back
ball
bear
bed
bell
bird
birthday
boat
box
boy
bread
brother
cake
car
cat
chair
chicken
children
Christmas
coat
corn
cow
day
dog
doll
door
duck
egg
eye
farm
farmer
father
feet
fire
fish
floor
flower
game
garden
girl
good-bye
grass
ground
hand
head
hill
home
horse
house
kitty
leg
letter
man
men
milk
money
morning
mother
name
nest
night
paper
party
picture
pig
rabbit
rain
ring
robin
Santa Claus
school
seed
sheep
shoe
sister
snow
song
squirrel
stick
street
sun
table
thing
time
top
toy
tree
watch
water
way
wind
window
wood