Dolch Sight Words List – 95 Nouns
– in Alphabetical Order
Edward William Dolch, Ph.D. deliberately excluded nouns from his sight words list. In fact, he specifically stated that this list is not recommended for a basic sight word vocabulary. However, if a child is struggling with reading, these words may be taught due to their frequency in English text.
Unlike sight “service” words, nouns are not universal but rather directly related to a subject matter. As a child learns about a new topic, new nouns are introduced. As a result, nouns will vary according to a child’s interest and school curriculums. Some nouns do occur frequently across many subject matters, but they represent the exception to the rule.
The 95 nouns noted below were relevant to a first grader or young child in Dolch’s era. In regards to his list of nouns, Dolch further stated, “They are in no sense basic to all elementary school reading.”
Source: Dolch, E.W., Ph.D. (1948). Problems in Reading. Champain, IL: The Garrard Press.