Dolch sight words

Dolch sight words are a list of the 220 most frequently encountered words in children’s literature and are commonly used as a teaching tool for reading, writing and spelling.

Prepared back 1936 by E. W. Dolch, the list does contain words that are no longer in common usage, such as shall and upon. The list forms a good basis of common words for children to learn between the ages of 5 and 8.

Many of the 220 words in the Dolch list, can not be “sounded out”, and must be learned by sight, which is why the list is often referred to as “Dolch Sight Word List”, and the words on it, as “Dolch Sight Words”.

Dolch excluded nouns from his main list, but did compile a separate 95-word list of nouns.

Listed in the order of frequency:


the down blue yellow write under
to do red five always read
and can from six drink why
he could good walk once own
a when any two soon found
I did about or made wash
you what around before run slow
it so want eat gave hot
of see don’t again open because
in not how play has far
was were know who find live
said get right been only draw
his them put may us clean
that like too stop three grow
she one got off our best
for this take never better upon
on my where seven hold these
they would every eight buy sing
but me pretty cold funny together
had will jump today warm please
at yes green fly ate thank
him big four myself full wish
with went away round those many
up are old tell done shall
all come by much use laugh
look if their keep fast
is now here give say
her long saw work light
there no call first pick
some came after try hurt
out ask well new pull
as very think must cut
be an ran start kind
have over let black both
go yours help white sit
we its make ten which
am ride going does fall
then into sleep bring carry
little just brown goes small

This story was written by Alex Brooks for Kidspot, New Zealand’s leading education resource for parents from sources including DolchSightWords.


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