When should Dolch Words be learned and why are they important?
Fables with Dolch Sight Words: Lesson Planwith Worksheet 1: Write a Fable and Worksheet 2: Free Fables
Read Sentences and Stories using Dolch Nouns and a Worksheet
Puzzles with lower case letters and no reversed words
Reading Readiness includes similarities-Differences Instruction with Dolch Sight Words
Recognition and Mental Images with lessons and the Poem: "I Can't Draw an AT"
Spanish Dolch Words and Bilingual Children's Books
Write Words, Sentences, and Books
Dolch Word Search Puzzles
Copyright 2000 Betsy B. Lee,
Why are these puzzles in lower case letters? Beginning readers and struggling readers benefit most from word recognition exercises using lower case letters because most writing is done with lower case letters. We should avoid puzzles which use only capital letters.
Many children have difficulty remembering to read from left to right and from top to bottom. Word search puzzles which do not follow this pattern can mislead beginning readers and children who tend to write and read words backward. If your children need help remembering right and left, use the Right and Left Links lesson plan.
On this web site, words in the pre-primer and primer word searches are read only from left to right. Words in the first, second, and third grade word searches are read from left to right, or top to bottom, or diagonally from upper left to lower right.
One learning principle is to break information down into small chunks. It often helps to have children learn a few words well then move on to the next group of words. Each list (pre-primer, primer, etc.) is subdivided for the word search puzzles. Subdivisions do not represent order of difficulty. Use the same puzzles several times.
The following puzzles have all of the Dolch sight words.
Excerpts from Albert, the Apple Eating Appaloosa (Dolch horse stories and puzzles using different word endings of Dolch words)
Excerpts from A Funny Dolch Word Book #1 (stories and puzzles using all of the pre-primer through first grade Dolch words)
Excerpts from A Funny Dolch Sight Word Book #2 (stories, fables, and puzzles using all of the second grade Dolch words)
Excerpts from A Funny Dolch Sight Word Book #3 (stories, fables, and puzzles using using all of the third grade Dolch words)
Excerpts from A Funny Dolch Word Book #1 Un Libro Cómico #1 de la Palabra de Dolch (stories with pre-primer through first grade Dolch words in English and Spanish)