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Dolch Sight Words

Why Sight Words are Important and
When They Should be Learned

Books for Practicing Dolch Words in Context

Complete Lists of all Dolch Words     Print Lists

Why Sight Words are Important and
When They Should be Learned

Confidence and reading ability improve when children know Dolch sight words. Many of these words are in almost anything they read. Readers will have more experiences of success if they know these words. Dolch words are service words which are necessary for understanding sentences.

Students learning English as a second language have a boost in their language skills when they learn these basic service words. The verb to be is often difficult because it is irregular. The tenses of to be are among the Dolch words.

See the English as a Second Language page for some Dolch words in English and Spanish. Close that window to return to this page.

Edward W. Dolch developed lists of the 220 most frequently used words in children's books. Form 50 to 75% of the text consisted of the words he put on his lists which became known as the Dolch words' lists. A reader who knows the Dolch words will recognize the majority of the words in a typical selection. In Albert, the Apple Eating Appaloosa, and the three Funny Dolch Sight Word... books, 95% to 100% of the words in the stories are Dolch sight words.

Dolch also developed a list of 95 commonly used nouns. See sentences, stories, and fill in the blank worksheets for the nouns.

Dolch sight words should be recognized on sight (instantly) for reading to progress smoothly.

Many of these words cannot be sounded out by decoding rules. Many of them can't be represented by pictures, for example: if, do, am, for, as, so, be. They are service words which give meaning and direction, e.g. here, there, now, then, on, at, in, over, today.

Before children finish first grade, they should be able to read all of the Dolch sight words and the commonly used nouns.

The lists represent frequency of use in books on different grade levels. For example, if is on the third grade list. This only means that E. W. Dolch found this word frequently in third grade books. He put words on the third grade list which did not appear often in pre-primer through second grade books. The nouns aren't listed by grade level.

Dolch Sight Word Activities Including Puzzles

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Books for Practicing Dolch Words in Context

order Albert, the Apple Eating Appaloosa Albert, the Apple Eating Appaloosa: Dolch Horse Stories
by Betsy B. Lee, Pub: Learning Abilities Books, Amazon $6.49, PayPal $4.54, PayPal Ebook $4.49

Different Endings of Dolch Sight Words Excerpts, Lessons, Endorsements

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order Dolch #1 A Funny Dolch Word Book #1: Stories, Poems, Word Searches
by Betsy B. Lee, Pub: Learning Abilities Books, Amazon $5.95, PayPal $4.17, PayPal Ebook $3.99

All of the pre-primer through first grade Dolch sight words Excerpts, Lessons, Endorsements

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order Dolch #2 A Funny Dolch Word Book #2: Stories, Poems, Fables, Word Searches
by Betsy B. Lee, Pub: Learning Abilities Books, Amazon $5.95, PayPal $4.17, PayPal Ebook $3.99

All of the second grade Dolch sight words Excerpts, Lessons, Endorsements

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Dolch #3 A Funny Dolch Word Book #3: Stories, Fables, Word Searches
by Betsy B. Lee, Pub: Learning Abilities Books, Amazon $5.95, PayPal $4.17, PayPal Ebook $3.99

All of the third grade Dolch sight words Excerpts, Lessons, Endorsements

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Dolch #1 Spanish book A Funny Dolch Word Book #1: Un Libro Cómico #1 de la Palabra de Dolch
by Betsy B. Lee, Pub: Learning Abilities Books, Amazon $5.95, PayPal $4.17, PayPal Ebook $3.50

Pre-primer through first grade Dolch words with English and Spanish on each page Excerpts, Lessons, Endorsements

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Complete Lists of all Dolch Words

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Pre-primer
40 words
Primer
52 words
First Grade
41 words
Second Grade
46 words
Third Grade
41 words
Nouns
95 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












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











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






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











apple
baby
back
ball
bear
bed
bell
bird
birthday
boat
box
boy
bread
brother
cake
car
cat
chair
chicken
children
Christmas
coat
corn
cow
day
dog
doll
door
duck
egg
eye
farm
farmer
father
feet
fire
fish
floor
flower
game
garden
girl
good-by
grass
ground
hand
head
hill
home
horse
house

kitty
leg
letter
man
men
milk
money
morning
mother
name
nest
night
paper
party
picture
pig
rabbit
rain
ring
robin
Santa Claus
school
seed
sheep
shoe
sister
snow
song
squirrel
stick
street
sun
table
thing
time
top
toy
tree
watch
water
way
wind
window
wood








Pre-primer
40 words
Primer
52 words
First Grade
41 words
Second Grade
46 words
Third Grade
41 words
Nouns
95 words

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