Sight Words

What are Sight Words?
Sight Words are the 220 most common words and 95 additional nouns in children’s reading books. They provide children with a strong base for reading at an early age. They are called sight words because some of them can’t be sounded out, and need to be learned by sight.

How can I help my child learn the sight words?
Children learn the sight words through repetitive exposure to them. Perhaps the best exercise is to print the flash cards (see below), and use them to practice with your child. You can also visit MrsPerkins.com for many fun activities you can do with your child using the flash cards we have provided.

Dolch Flash Cards

Click on the links below to view, print and clip the flash cards for each grade.

Preschool Kindergarten First Grade Second Grade Third Grade

Dolch Word Lists
The Dolch Word List was compiled by Edward William Dolch, PhD, in 1948. The list was originally published in his book “Problems in Reading.” Dolch compiled the list based on words used in children’s reading books in the 1930s and 40s. The list contains 220 “service words” that must be quickly recognized in order to achieve reading fluency.

The Dolch Word List is also called Sight Words or The Dolch 220. It includes the most frequently used words in the English language. Sight words make up 50 to 70 percent of any general text. Therefore, teaching The Dolch Word List is a crucial goal of education in grades kindergarten through 3.

Preschool

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

Kindergarten

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

First Grade

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

Second Grade

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

Third Grade

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