Edward William Dolch, Ph.D. compiled a list of commonly used English words that must be learned, so they can be instantly recognized by sight.
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Despite conducting his research many decades ago, Dolch’s sight words are still used in many classrooms.
Dolch Sight Words List
Dolch’s list contains 220 sight words, he referred to these words as service words. He intentionally excluded nouns from this list but did publish another list containing 95 common nouns.
- Dolch Sight Words – in Alphabetical Order
- Dolch Sight Words – by Level of Difficulty
- Dolch Sight Words – by Parts of Speech
- Dolch List of 95 Nouns – Alphabetical Order
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Other Related Dolch Articles
Other scholars used sight words to help children learn to read.
- Dolch List is not the Only Sight Word List – Have you heard about Fry?
- Dolch and Dr. Seuss – Had something in common!
Sight Words by Grade
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Sight Words List
Fry’s Sight Words List
More recently, Fry published a list of the most common words in English and ranked them in order of frequency. The first 25 words make up approximately a third of all written material. The first 100 and 300 words make up about 50% and 65% of all printed material, respectively.
- Fry’s Sight Words – in Alphabetical Order
- Fry’s Sight Words – in Frequency Order
- Fry’s Sight Words – by Parts of Speech
Other Sight Word Related Articles
The following articles can offer some additional insight into sight words.
Sight words are common words that are found in everyday print; they make up over 50% of all written material. They must be learned so they are recognized automatically – at first sight.