Dolch Sight Words List
Dolch Word Lists
All the Dolch sight word lists, divided by grade, also available as printable PDFs.
Dolch Sight Word Lessons
Five techniques for teaching Dolch sight words. Learn proven ways to introduce words, reinforce learning, and correct mistakes.
Dolch Flash Cards
Print a set of Dolch sight word flash cards, or use our generator to create your own custom cards.
Dolch Sight Word Games
Print cards and game boards for 18 Dolch sight word games. A fun way to reinforce sight words lessons!
The Dolch Sight Words list is the most commonly used set of sight words. Educator Dr. Edward William Dolch developed the list in the 1930s-40s by studying the most frequently occurring words in children’s books of that era. The list contains 220 “service words” plus 95 high-frequency nouns. These words comprise 80% of the words you would find in a typical children’s book and 50% of the words found in writing for adults. Once a child knows this list of words, it makes reading much easier, because the child can then focus his or her attention on the remaining words.
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.
Dolch Word Lists
- Pre-K Dolch Sight Words
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 Dolch Sight Words
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 Dolch Sight Words
after, again, an, any, as, ask, by, could, every, fly, from, give, going, 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 Dolch Sight Words
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 Dolch Sight Words
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
- Noun Dolch Sight Words
apple, baby, back, ball, bear, bed, bell, bird, birthday, boat, box, boy, bread, brother, cake, car, cat, chair, chicken, children, Christmas, coat, corn, cow, day, dog, doll, door, duck, egg, eye, farm, farmer, father, feet, fire, fish, floor, flower, game, garden, girl, goodbye, grass, ground, hand, head, hill, home, horse, house, kitty, leg, letter, man, men, milk, money, morning, mother, name, nest, night, paper, party, picture, pig, rabbit, rain, ring, robin, Santa Claus, school, seed, sheep, shoe, sister, snow, song, squirrel, stick, street, sun, table, thing, time, top, toy, tree, watch, water, way, wind, window, wood
- All Dolch Sight Words by group
- All Dolch Sight Words in alphabetical order
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What an excellent resource! Thanks so much!
Thank you so very much for this very excellent resource. I am an Artist and former teacher who i no longer in the classroom, but who is very passionate about the Art of Reading. I used art to engage my struggling readers of any age.
I am not an artist, but I would love to hear how you use the materials to teach children to read. I am working with 2 children in foster care who need support in reading. I would love your ideas.
Thank you for it!
Hi Heather, I’m a special education instructor, and I’d love to help you with some ideas on how to help your foster kids with reading. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Special Educator from Jamaica. I would love for you to share some activities and strategies that you use with your children. Thank you.
id love to know how you used art in your teaching of reading
Thank you for the words. It will be a great help.
How wonderful! This is going to be quite helpful for my volunteer summer tutoring program!
These word list will be wonderful for my students that have mastered the mClass word list. Thanks for adding the Pre-K and Nouns. 🙂
Thank you so much these words are for my grandson. He had his first spelling test on Friday.
Love it. This is helping me with my preschool. Great resource.
Thanks so much. I am sharing this resource with other parents with pre-k to elementary school kids.
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Thank you so much for this excellent resource. Saves me hours in my kindergarten classroom. Makes quick assessment easy. Kids will love the games. Delighted to get this resource.!!!
Thank you for all of the excellent free resources! It’s so wonderful to find real games instead of just flashcards or screen practice. A lot of your sight word games are games my daughter already loves to play. Maybe these will help her break through the sight words she just can’t seem to remember.
Wow! Can’t thank you enough for all the free games, teaching tools, and lessons to help students. I’ve been spreading the word to family and friends. A hidden gem 🙂 Thank you a million!!!
Wow!!!! Great resource, thanks.
We homeschool and have found this resource wonderful. Thank you so much for saving me lots of time creating these lists independently!!
Thank you so much for this resource!
Thanks you so much! It’ll be a great help to my students.
Thank you very much. Awesome. Great for teaching at word level and saving time creating lists of words.
Great information and resources… Thank you so much.. It was of great help in my tutoring…. arigato……
This is an outstanding resource. Really helpful!
Time saving resource, thank you.
Wow… excellent resource… thanks a lot. Much helpful for my kids.
Goodness Me – I’m anticipating that this will help me to help my Granddaughter Significantly improve her reading/comprehension skills – she is going from Kindergarten to First Grade!
Also, a list of books (that can be saved/printable) that are highly recommended for reading during the Summer as the children matriculate from Kindergarten to the First Grade, and so on, would prove most helpful.
Thank You Again Every So Much!
Awesome resources and instruction; thank you:)
Thank you sooo much for this. The simple clean layout, the variety of ways you have presented it – this has been a boon to me today. I’m studying for a certificate relating to Specific Learning Difficulties and I’m writing a term report. I’ve got five books beside me that relate to spelling/dyslexia /teaching phonics and NOT ONE has a list of the sight words!!
Thank you, again!
These words are great, my granddaughter is going to kindergarten and is reading these words at first grade level. I’m so happy, that shows I need to make her read more. Thank you so much.
Thank you so much for this fantastic collection. All the words are so beautifully compiled together. This makes my work a lot more easier. I know What has been missed in the Pre K years so the separation of the grade wise section helps in tracking the progress of my child’s learning.
Thank you very much. My son is going to 3rd grade.These words are very helpful. Great resources.
Fantastic and much appreciated. Thank you for having an incredible site for free.
Thank you so much!These words are very helpful to my pupils……
Awesome sight just what I needed for my granddaughter. Thank You So much for the free site and much needed information thanks
Wow! Excellent resource and easy too. Thank You!
Thank you so very much! I absolutely love the way you have the words grouped and sorted. It really helps when you have multiple children at different grade levels. Thanks again!
First of all I would Like to thank you for the website. I have a 4 1/2 year old daughter who is in Pre-k. I was trying to teach her sight words but she was uninterested and thought they are very boring. I had tried all sorts of things to make her learn sight words ex: using ipad, iphone, computer etc etc. but just printing a paper with simple word on it did the trick. She knows all her Pre-k 40 sight words and now has moved on to Kindergarten words. Just awesome.
Love this site! I’m trying to collaborate on a book using these lists to tell stories. No more guessing on which words would be best for which age group!
Thank you so much for having the words all in one page. They are of great help!
Thank you for the list . I help students at a center to help them be better students….
Some need help with sight words the lists will be a great resource
Thank you for having these valuable word lists available and the other extended help links.
thank you for sharing this for free! God bless!
Thanks for these words
Thank you so much for this. It’s a big help for me. Godbless…
Thank you so much. I’ve been looking for these words and other materials for a long time. God bless you.
Thank you. Nice resources
Great sight word list will continue to use Dolch
Thanks for the valuable word lists. My students are utilizing the word lists as a resource to assist them throughout the day, especially during our word attack activities.
Please stop recommending that children be taught to read with “Sight Words.” You are making children worse at reading. All scientific research on the subject says that this is a bad idea. Please, stop. You’re just embarrassing yourselves.
ADMIN – Hi Julia,
We think kids should be taught to read with a foundation of phonemic awareness. Then with a combination of phonics and sight words. You need both. Phonics lets you decode new words. Sight Words gives you speed and helps you with phonetically irregular words. You need both.
It has been very easy to teach reading using your resources. Let God continue blessing you!
Thank you for this sight word lists. I have been teaching primarily this year with phonics and have just used the sight word list as an evaluation tool. It has proven to be a valuable, handy assessment resource. Thank you for this wonderful site.
Thank you so much. This has been really helpful for my special needs kid as she finds it difficult to individually make words but can read these so easily.
Subhanallah .. whoever created this, you made our live much much much easier. Thank you very much!
What a great resource!! I am a kindergarten teacher and my school district has just changed to DOLCH words. Can anyone tell me what order they should be taught in? Besides Pre-Primer first, then Primer? Should they be taught in order of frequency?
ADMIN – Hi Julie,
The order of frequency makes the most logical sense because they will be reinforced more often in written grade level text that children encounter. However, there is no hard and fast rule about the order in which to teach them.
Thank you very much for the amazing service. I hope to make use of it for practicing with my Kid.
Thanks for the list
Thanks a lot for compiling this useful list. Its a great resource for the teacher, parents and the students also.
Rebecca Ann Vanderhorst
Best presentations that I have uncovered thus far. I need a Master’s Degree in Teaching Reading and\or Reading Skills Diagnosis. Any suggestions??
ADMIN – Hi Rebecca,
Thank you. I presume you need the degree to help you further your career. I would talk to the headmaster/HR in your top-5 schools, and ask them which programs they recommend. Not only will they be well calibrated on which schools produce the most classroom ready teachers, they will remember you when it comes time for you to apply for jobs and will be impressed you ask.
Thanks a lot for the list.
Thank you so much, for this great resource and the other links. I will use them to help my students read better and faster.
Thanks for having these lists available. Bright and cheery for the students, too!
Ruth Marie L. Ramos
Thank you so much.it help us so much.
Great resource!! Thanks so much!
Thank you so much for this great resource. I will use it with my children at home.
Thanks so much for these, they are a lifesaver !
Thanks for making it easy to find these lists. Much appreciated.
The list of sight words his has been very helpful to me in making my picture book for kids. Thank you very much
Thanks so much….really helpful…God Bless.
Thank you so much! It is of great help for me to teach my four year old granddaughter.
This is exactly what I need. So many resources for teaching sight words. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Jose A. Rodrigues
This resource is great! I have the opportunity to use these resources for my students especially when they need to be sight tested.
Thank you for the resource!
Jose A. Rodrigues
May I check that age group for Primer is 6 years old? Thank you.
Lomavuna settlement school
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We’re using the resources to help our struggling readers.
Wonderful resource ,thank you for sharing. 🙂
I have diligently searched all day to find these lists and nobody had them. THANK YOU so much. This will help me tutor a little boy struggling in reading!!!!!
Thanks this will be very helpful as I work with my grandson this summer
This is the best list by far that I’ve found. I was recommended by DR.RUNION, my son’s school psychologist, to obtain the first 100 words on the Dolch List and practice them with my 4 year old. Thank whomever(s) broke down the list into these very helpful categories.
Awesome! This will help our kids to fill some gaps in both their speaking and reading vocab. The last two pdf files were all I needed. Cheers to that!
Outstanding resource! Thank you!
Thank you for this!!!
At what age do you use the dolch noun list?
AWESOME !!! I looked all over for my old list and could not find it.Thanks for sharing yours.:)
This is just what I need. THANK YOU very much.
As an author,I will be making a presentation to a group of parents at a Literacy Event, and this list will be a tremendous help! Thank you!
Rushia B Fuller
Nice website! ~Jourden’s Mimi (grandmom)
Thanks for the words. It was very useful.
But I have a question, aren’t there Dolch words for Grade 4?
Wonderful resources thank you for sharing, it helped me a lot
Grouping sight words in grade level is worthwhile to use in teaching. Thanks for your energy.
Very useful. Thank you for sharing.
Thank You Love This!
I love these words they are fun
Thank you so much for this website! It’s a great resource for parents and teachers.
Thank you so much for this site! I love it!
Shubhangi Gurudas Dalal
Awesome, very innovative & useful.
Hi, this is Sharoyal and I’m trying to learn.
Can these also be used for children with ASD?
ADMIN – Hi, Amanda. That is a great question, and the answer is YES, absolutely! You may refer to this resource for guidance.
One never knows the power of the Dolch Sight Words until one is totally immersed in the education of our young students!!!
Annie chungu kaposa
Good words! I really need help on this. I recently open a kindergarten.
Annie chungu kaposa
Am a teacher and I have found great help for my pupils and more help on how to go about this.
Annie chungu kaposa
Thanks a lot for the Dolch sight words list. I really need more help for my pupils in class on how to go about teaching.
Can i use this instrument?
Sight Words Admin
Hello, You are free to use and download any of our resources on this website.
I just wanted to write my appreciation for these sight words. I am homeschooling my 4 kids and I really needed this. I know this will help our reading curriculum : )
Sight Words Admin
Thank you for your kind words, Ilene. We are happy to be able to help you in homeschooling. Hope your kids are enjoying the learning process!