The Dolch sight words list is a list of commonly used English words that was originally compiled by Edward William Dolch, PhD. He developed the list by studying the most frequently occurring words in children’s books at the time and his list is the most commonly used set of sight words. The list is often used to teach reading using various educational activities.
The list contains 220 “service words” plus 95 high-frequency nouns. These words comprise up to 80% of the words you would find in a typical children’s book and up to 50% of the words found in writing for adults.
Sight words are considered critical in early reading development because they represent high frequency words. Reading becomes much easier for children once they know this list of words.
Many of the 220 words in the Dolch list, cannot be "sounded out" because they do not use the typical decoding rules, and many cannot be learned through the use of pictures. Therefore, the words are memorized so children know them on sight.
The Dolch words are commonly divided into groups by grade level, ranging from pre-kindergarten to third grade, with a separate list of nouns. There are a total of 315 Dolch Sight Words.
Below are the 220 Dolch word flashcards. The Dolch sight words are listed in alphabetical order per each level. Each time the cards start again with an A word, the level has been increased.
Go here for the 95 Dolch nouns.
Each time the cards start again with the letter a, you've moved up a grade. Use the blank cards for family or pet names.
*Look below the flashcards for games you can play with the cards.
1st Grade Words
2nd Grade Words
3rd Grade Words
Sight Word Games
There are several games that can be played with the sight word cards.
Make 2 copies of the cards and you'll be able to play Go-Fish or have an instant Memory Game. If you are unfamiliar with either game go to alphabet-games for the instructions. You'll just be using word cards instead of alphabet letters.
OR... Have a Bean Bag Toss. Lay several of the cards on the floor and have a child toss a bean bag towards the cards. The child must read the card their bean bag lands on. Let each child hold on to the cards they read correctly.
OR... Play Fly Swat. Lay several cards on the floor. Call out one of the words on the cards and let the children swat the word with a fly swatter. For younger children, get the fly swatters with the shorter handles.