Dolch Sight Words

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Sight words are high-frequency words children can learn to recognize quickly and automatically, without having to decode the letters sounds by sound.

One common list of sight words was created by Dr. Edward Dolch in 1936. The Dolch list consists of 220 frequently occurring words which is said to cover 50 to 75% of the vocabulary words that readers will encounter in print.

The Dolch 220 word list is divided into around 40-50 words per grade level. Nouns are not included; there is an additional list of 95 high-frequency nouns.

Because children don’t have to decode the sounds of the words that they can recognize by sight, memorizing sight words makes reading easier and faster.

For more information, check out this article about how to teach sight words to English Language Learners.

Preview of Checklist, Set 1 (Pre-primer)

Checklist, Set 1 (Pre-primer)

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Word list for Dolch Sight Words Set 1.

Preview of Word cards, Set 1 (Pre-primer)

Word cards, Set 1 (Pre-primer)

5 Pages

40 words.


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

Preview of Checklist, Set 2 (Primer)

Checklist, Set 2 (Primer)

1 Page

Word list for Dolch Sight Words Set 2.

Preview of Word cards, Set 2 (Primer)

Word cards, Set 2 (Primer)

6 Pages

52 words.


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

Preview of Checklist, Set 3 (Grade 1)

Checklist, Set 3 (Grade 1)

1 Page

Word list for Dolch Sight Words Set 3.

Preview of Word cards, Set 3 (Grade 1)

Word cards, Set 3 (Grade 1)

5 Pages

41 words.


after, again, an, any, as, ask, by, could, every, fly, from, give, going, 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

Preview of Checklist, Set 4 (Grade 2)

Checklist, Set 4 (Grade 2)

1 Page

Word list for Dolch Sight Words Set 4.

Preview of Word cards, Set 4 (Grade 2)

Word cards, Set 4 (Grade 2)

6 Pages

47 words.


always, around, because, been, before, best, both, buy, call, cold, does, don't, fast, first, five, found, gave, goes, green, its, kind, 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

Preview of Checklist, Set 5 (Grade 3)

Checklist, Set 5 (Grade 3)

1 Page

Word list for Dolch Sight Words Set 5.

Preview of Word cards, Set 5 (Grade 3)

Word cards, Set 5 (Grade 3)

5 Pages

40 words.


about, better, bring, carry, clean, cut, done, draw, drink, eight, fall, far, full, got, grow, hold, hot, hurt, if, keep, laugh, light, long, much, myself, never, only, own, pick, seven, shall, show, six, small, start, ten, today, together, try, warm

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