Dolch Sight Words
– By Level of Difficulty
Edward William Dolch, Ph.D. further analyzed his list of 220 sight words; he categorized them into two groups: easy and hard. Using a Wisconsin study that tested 6,000 students in both first and second grade, he categorized the sight words according to level of difficulty. Dolch provided this information to assist teachers in determining which sight words should be taught first and which ones require emphasis.
Dolch Sight Words List: Easier
Dolch categorized his sight word list to assist teachers in determining which words a child should learn first. The following words were categorized as easy.
Dolch Sight Words List: Harder
Dolch categorized his sight words into 2 lists to help teachers determine which words a child should learn first. The following words were categorized as hard.
Source: Dolch, E.W., Ph.D. (1948). Problems in Reading. Champain, IL: The Garrard Press.
Dolch Sight Word List
Dolch further refined his lists into 5 categories: pre-primer, primer, first grade, second grade and third grade.
|Pre-primer||Primer||First Grade||Second Grade||Third Grade|
Today, many reading curriculums recommend obtaining a sight word vocabulary by the end of first grade. His categories are a perfect guide as to which words to introduce first.