• Dolch Sight Words  

    The Dolch Sight Words are 220 basic sight words.  Memorizing these sight words will help your child make significant reading progress in first grade.


     Sight Word Practice:

    1. Print one list at a time.  (Start with Preprimer, then Primer, First, and Second.)
    2. Make flashcards.  (This is a good cutting and pasting activity for your child to do.)                                          
    3. Sort the flashcards into two piles:  known words and unknown words.
    4. Put 10 of the unknown words on a ring.  Review these 10 "unknown" words daily.
    5. As your child learns the unknown words, move them to the "known" pile.  Your child can review the "known" pile weekly.
    6. Replace the words on the word ring with new unknown words.
    7. When your child has mastered all the words on a list, your child should inform his/her teacher to get tested.
    8. Move onto the next list.
    9. Upon memorization of the sight words from all four lists, your child will receive a Certificate of Achievement and be well on his/her way to becoming an independent reader.

     Challenge Goal:  Learn all sight words by January Report Cards!


    Fry Sight Words - check out this website for more flash cards and games.

    From the website:  The Fry Sight Words list is a more modern list of words than the Dolch list, and was extended to capture the most common 1,000 words. Dr. Edward Fry developed this expanded list in the 1950s (and updated it in 1980), based on the most common words to appear in reading materials used in Grades 3-9. Learning all 1,000 words in the Fry list would equip a child to read about 90% of the words in a typical book, newspaper, or website.

    The Fry words are listed by the frequency with which they occur and are often broken down into groups of 100. So the first 100 Fry words are the 100 most frequently occurring words in the English language.