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Sight Words List

Sight words are common words that are found in everyday print; they make up over 50% of all written material. There are many sight word lists circulating today. The most prominent lists were published separately by two PhD’s, Dolch and Fry.

Dolch’s sight word list contains 220 service words. He categorized these words into the following five groups: pre-primer, primer, first, second and third. Dolch intentionally excluded nouns from this list.
Fry created a list containing the most common words in English. The first 100 words make up over 50% of all written material. His list contains 1,000 words, the table above includes the first 225.

Sight Word List

The table below contains both Dolch and Fry’s sight word lists. This information was provided above in separate PDF files.

Sight
Word
Dolch
(220 Sight Words)
Fry
(Top 225 Instant Words)
aDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 1: Top 25
aboutDolch 5: ThirdFry 3: Top 75
addnaFry 9: Top 225
afterDolch 3: FirstFry 5: Top 125
againDolch 3: FirstFry 8: Top 200
airnaFry 8: Top 200
allDolch 2: PrimerFry 2: Top 50
alsonaFry 6: Top 150
alwaysDolch 4: Secondna
amDolch 2: PrimerFry 4: Top 100
AmericanaFry 8: Top 200
anDolch 3: FirstFry 2: Top 50
andDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 1: Top 25
animalnaFry 8: Top 200
anothernaFry 7: Top 175
answernaFry 8: Top 200
anyDolch 3: FirstFry 6: Top 150
areDolch 2: PrimerFry 1: Top 25
aroundDolch 4: SecondFry 6: Top 150
asDolch 3: FirstFry 1: Top 25
askDolch 3: FirstFry 7: Top 175
atDolch 2: PrimerFry 1: Top 25
ateDolch 2: Primerna
awayDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 8: Top 200
backnaFry 5: Top 125
beDolch 2: PrimerFry 1: Top 25
becauseDolch 4: SecondFry 7: Top 175
beenDolch 4: SecondFry 4: Top 100
beforeDolch 4: SecondFry 6: Top 150
belownaFry 9: Top 225
bestDolch 4: Secondna
betterDolch 5: Thirdna
betweennaFry 9: Top 225
bigDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 7: Top 175
blackDolch 2: Primerna
blueDolch 1: Pre-Primerna
bothDolch 4: Secondna
boynaFry 6: Top 150
bringDolch 5: Thirdna
brownDolch 2: Primerna
butDolch 2: PrimerFry 2: Top 50
buyDolch 4: Secondna
byDolch 3: FirstFry 2: Top 50
callDolch 4: SecondFry 4: Top 100
cameDolch 2: PrimerFry 6: Top 150
canDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 2: Top 50
carryDolch 5: Thirdna
changenaFry 8: Top 200
citynaFry 9: Top 225
cleanDolch 5: Thirdna
coldDolch 4: Secondna
comeDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 4: Top 100
couldDolch 3: FirstFry 4: Top 100
countrynaFry 9: Top 225
cutDolch 5: Thirdna
daynaFry 4: Top 100
didDolch 2: PrimerFry 4: Top 100
differentnaFry 7: Top 175
doDolch 2: PrimerFry 2: Top 50
doesDolch 4: SecondFry 7: Top 175
doneDolch 5: Thirdna
don'tDolch 4: Secondna
downDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 4: Top 100
drawDolch 5: Thirdna
drinkDolch 5: Thirdna
eachnaFry 2: Top 50
earthnaFry 9: Top 225
eatDolch 2: Primerna
eightDolch 5: Thirdna
endnaFry 7: Top 175
evennaFry 7: Top 175
everyDolch 3: FirstFry 9: Top 225
eyenaFry 9: Top 225
fallDolch 5: Thirdna
farDolch 5: Thirdna
farmnaFry 6: Top 150
fastDolch 4: Secondna
fathernaFry 9: Top 225
findDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 4: Top 100
firstDolch 4: SecondFry 4: Top 100
fiveDolch 4: Secondna
flyDolch 3: Firstna
follownaFry 6: Top 150
foodnaFry 9: Top 225
forDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 1: Top 25
foundDolch 4: SecondFry 8: Top 200
fourDolch 2: Primerna
fromDolch 3: FirstFry 1: Top 25
fullDolch 5: Thirdna
funnyDolch 1: Pre-Primerna
gaveDolch 4: Secondna
getDolch 2: PrimerFry 4: Top 100
giveDolch 3: FirstFry 5: Top 125
goDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 3: Top 75
goesDolch 4: Secondna
goingDolch 3: Firstna
goodDolch 2: PrimerFry 5: Top 125
gotDolch 5: Thirdna
greatnaFry 6: Top 150
greenDolch 4: Secondna
growDolch 5: Thirdna
hadDolch 3: FirstFry 2: Top 50
handnaFry 8: Top 200
hasDolch 3: FirstFry 3: Top 75
haveDolch 2: PrimerFry 1: Top 25
heDolch 2: PrimerFry 1: Top 25
headnaFry 9: Top 225
helpDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 6: Top 150
herDolch 3: FirstFry 3: Top 75
hereDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 7: Top 175
highnaFry 9: Top 225
himDolch 3: FirstFry 3: Top 75
hisDolch 3: FirstFry 1: Top 25
holdDolch 5: Thirdna
homenaFry 7: Top 175
hotDolch 5: Thirdna
housenaFry 8: Top 200
howDolch 3: FirstFry 2: Top 50
hurtDolch 5: Thirdna
IDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 1: Top 25
ifDolch 5: ThirdFry 2: Top 50
inDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 1: Top 25
intoDolch 2: PrimerFry 3: Top 75
isDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 1: Top 25
itDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 1: Top 25
itsDolch 4: SecondFry 4: Top 100
jumpDolch 1: Pre-Primerna
justDolch 3: FirstFry 5: Top 125
keepDolch 5: ThirdFry 9: Top 225
kindDolch 5: ThirdFry 8: Top 200
knowDolch 3: FirstFry 5: Top 125
landnaFry 7: Top 175
largenaFry 7: Top 175
lastnaFry 9: Top 225
laughDolch 5: Thirdna
learnnaFry 8: Top 200
letDolch 3: Firstna
letternaFry 8: Top 200
lightDolch 5: ThirdFry 9: Top 225
likeDolch 2: PrimerFry 3: Top 75
linenaFry 6: Top 150
littleDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 5: Top 125
liveDolch 3: FirstFry 5: Top 125
longDolch 5: ThirdFry 4: Top 100
lookDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 3: Top 75
madeDolch 4: SecondFry 4: Top 100
makeDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 3: Top 75
mannaFry 5: Top 125
manyDolch 4: SecondFry 4: Top 100
mayDolch 3: FirstFry 3: Top 75
meDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 5: Top 125
meannaFry 6: Top 150
mennaFry 7: Top 175
morenaFry 3: Top 75
mostnaFry 5: Top 125
mothernaFry 8: Top 200
movenaFry 7: Top 175
muchDolch 5: ThirdFry 6: Top 150
mustDolch 2: PrimerFry 7: Top 175
myDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 4: Top 100
myselfDolch 5: Thirdna
namenaFry 5: Top 125
nearnaFry 9: Top 225
neednaFry 7: Top 175
neverDolch 5: ThirdFry 9: Top 225
newDolch 2: PrimerFry 5: Top 125
noDolch 2: PrimerFry 4: Top 100
notDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 2: Top 50
nowDolch 2: PrimerFry 4: Top 100
numbernaFry 4: Top 100
ofDolch 3: FirstFry 1: Top 25
offDolch 4: SecondFry 8: Top 200
oldDolch 3: FirstFry 6: Top 150
onDolch 2: PrimerFry 1: Top 25
onceDolch 3: Firstna
oneDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 2: Top 50
onlyDolch 5: ThirdFry 5: Top 125
openDolch 3: Firstna
orDolch 4: SecondFry 2: Top 50
othernaFry 3: Top 75
ourDolch 2: PrimerFry 5: Top 125
outDolch 2: PrimerFry 3: Top 75
overDolch 3: FirstFry 5: Top 125
ownDolch 5: ThirdFry 9: Top 225
pagenaFry 8: Top 200
partnaFry 4: Top 100
peoplenaFry 4: Top 100
pickDolch 5: Thirdna
picturenaFry 8: Top 200
placenaFry 5: Top 125
plantnaFry 9: Top 225
playDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 8: Top 200
pleaseDolch 2: Primerna
pointnaFry 8: Top 200
prettyDolch 2: Primerna
pullDolch 4: Secondna
putDolch 3: FirstFry 7: Top 175
ranDolch 2: Primerna
readDolch 4: SecondFry 7: Top 175
redDolch 1: Pre-Primerna
rideDolch 2: Primerna
rightDolch 4: SecondFry 6: Top 150
roundDolch 3: Firstna
runDolch 1: Pre-Primerna
saidDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 2: Top 50
samenaFry 6: Top 150
sawDolch 2: Primerna
sayDolch 2: PrimerFry 6: Top 150
schoolnaFry 9: Top 225
seeDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 3: Top 75
sentencenaFry 5: Top 125
setnaFry 7: Top 175
sevenDolch 5: Thirdna
shallDolch 5: Thirdna
sheDolch 2: PrimerFry 2: Top 50
shouldnaFry 8: Top 200
showDolch 5: ThirdFry 6: Top 150
singDolch 4: Secondna
sitDolch 4: Secondna
sixDolch 5: Thirdna
sleepDolch 4: Secondna
smallDolch 5: ThirdFry 6: Top 150
soDolch 2: PrimerFry 3: Top 75
someDolch 3: FirstFry 3: Top 75
soonDolch 2: Primerna
soundnaFry 5: Top 125
spellnaFry 8: Top 200
startDolch 5: ThirdFry 9: Top 225
stillnaFry 8: Top 200
stopDolch 3: Firstna
storynaFry 9: Top 225
studynaFry 8: Top 200
suchnaFry 7: Top 175
takeDolch 3: FirstFry 5: Top 125
tellDolch 4: SecondFry 6: Top 150
tenDolch 5: Thirdna
thannaFry 4: Top 100
thankDolch 3: Firstna
thatDolch 2: PrimerFry 1: Top 25
theDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 1: Top 25
theirDolch 4: SecondFry 2: Top 50
themDolch 3: FirstFry 3: Top 75
thenDolch 3: FirstFry 3: Top 75
thereDolch 2: PrimerFry 2: Top 50
theseDolch 4: SecondFry 3: Top 75
theyDolch 2: PrimerFry 1: Top 25
thingnaFry 5: Top 125
thinkDolch 3: FirstFry 5: Top 125
thisDolch 2: PrimerFry 1: Top 25
thoseDolch 4: Secondna
thoughtnaFry 9: Top 225
threeDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 6: Top 150
throughnaFry 6: Top 150
timenaFry 3: Top 75
toDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 1: Top 25
todayDolch 5: Thirdna
togetherDolch 5: Thirdna
tooDolch 2: PrimerFry 6: Top 150
treenaFry 9: Top 225
tryDolch 5: ThirdFry 8: Top 200
turnnaFry 7: Top 175
twoDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 3: Top 75
underDolch 2: PrimerFry 9: Top 225
upDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 3: Top 75
uponDolch 4: Secondna
usDolch 4: SecondFry 7: Top 175
useDolch 4: SecondFry 2: Top 50
veryDolch 4: SecondFry 5: Top 125
walkDolch 3: Firstna
wantDolch 2: PrimerFry 6: Top 150
warmDolch 5: Thirdna
wasDolch 2: PrimerFry 1: Top 25
washDolch 4: Secondna
waternaFry 4: Top 100
waynaFry 4: Top 100
weDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 2: Top 50
wellDolch 2: PrimerFry 7: Top 175
wentDolch 2: PrimerFry 7: Top 175
wereDolch 3: FirstFry 2: Top 50
whatDolch 2: PrimerFry 2: Top 50
whenDolch 3: FirstFry 2: Top 50
whereDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 6: Top 150
whichDolch 4: SecondFry 2: Top 50
whiteDolch 2: Primerna
whoDolch 2: PrimerFry 4: Top 100
whyDolch 4: SecondFry 7: Top 175
willDolch 2: PrimerFry 3: Top 75
wishDolch 4: Secondna
withDolch 2: PrimerFry 1: Top 25
wordnaFry 2: Top 50
workDolch 4: SecondFry 5: Top 125
worldnaFry 8: Top 200
wouldDolch 4: SecondFry 3: Top 75
writeDolch 4: SecondFry 3: Top 75
yearnaFry 5: Top 125
yellowDolch 1: Pre-Primerna
yesDolch 2: Primerna
youDolch 1: Pre-PrimerFry 1: Top 25
yourDolch 4: SecondFry 2: Top 50

Sight Word List

Another option is to contact your school to obtain a sight word list. If they do not have one readily available, consider using the lists below to assist your child in obtaining a sight word vocabulary.

  • Kindergarten Sight Words

    Our kindergarten curriculum identified 25 sight words that a child should automatically recognize by the end of kindergarten. They also provided additional words for a child who mastered the first list of sight words.

  • First Grade Sight Words

    By the end of first grade, a child should automatically recognize and correctly spell sight words.

  • 2nd Grade Sight Words

    Sight words are no longer in vogue; the terminology changes from sight words to wall words. These words are typically displayed on a wall, students should spell these words correctly.

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  • Adele Lightner December 8, 2012, 8:02 am

    I work as a Nanny on an ad hoc basis and have one familie whose children watch sight words on TV. Being that I’m not ad advocate for using TV as a babysitter I decided to print out a list of words, bring my Scrabble Game with me tonight and see if I can get the boys interested.

    For that reason I consulted your site and printed out words. Hopefully I will be able to teach them nouns and verbs, at least; being that the younger one is only 3, the other one 6, but has some difficulty concentrating. TV, for him, is an escape, and I would love to have him escape to a world of beautiful words.

    Reply
  • Elizabeth May 23, 2013, 7:44 pm

    This is very useful information. Thank you!

    Reply
    • Joshua T. Precioso November 20, 2013, 9:22 pm

      Thank you very much it helps me a lot in helping my children learn how to read.

      Reply