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
    (40 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
    (52 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
    (41 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
    (46 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
    (41 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
    (95 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

98 Responses to “Dolch Sight Words List”

  1. Maria Neely

    What an excellent resource! Thanks so much!

    • Vanessa Arrington

      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.

      • Heather


        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!

        • Jessica zheng

          Thank you for it!

        • Megan Henderson

          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

          • Jodian Grey

            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.

      • selena

        id love to know how you used art in your teaching of reading

    • oscarr

      Thank you for the words. It will be a great help.

  2. Lisa Leary

    How wonderful! This is going to be quite helpful for my volunteer summer tutoring program!

  3. TiKara Worthy

    These word list will be wonderful for my students that have mastered the mClass word list. Thanks for adding the Pre-K and Nouns. 🙂

  4. Mrs. Brant

    Thank you so much these words are for my grandson. He had his first spelling test on Friday.

  5. Veronica C

    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.

    God bless you.

  6. Annise

    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.!!!

  7. Lynn

    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.

  8. Lake

    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!!!

  9. Nadine Stokes

    Wow!!!! Great resource, thanks.

  10. florida mom

    We homeschool and have found this resource wonderful. Thank you so much for saving me lots of time creating these lists independently!!

  11. marisol

    Thank you so much for this resource!

  12. Lea

    Thanks you so much! It’ll be a great help to my students.

  13. radiah

    Thank you very much. Awesome. Great for teaching at word level and saving time creating lists of words.

  14. dan

    Great information and resources… Thank you so much.. It was of great help in my tutoring…. arigato……

  15. Kashif Zahid

    This is an outstanding resource. Really helpful!

  16. Viv

    Time saving resource, thank you.

  17. Rasheed

    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!

  19. Carrie

    Awesome resources and instruction; thank you:)

  20. Ann

    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!

  21. Joye

    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.

  22. Prachiti Sharangdhar

    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.

  23. Sebastien

    Thank you very much. My son is going to 3rd grade.These words are very helpful. Great resources.

  24. Victoria Secomb

    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……

  26. Delores

    Awesome sight just what I needed for my granddaughter. Thank You So much for the free site and much needed information thanks

  27. Mary Kent

    Wow! Excellent resource and easy too. Thank You!

  28. Sylenda D

    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!

  29. Yogini

    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.

  30. Sarah Madden

    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!

  31. Anushree

    Thank you so much for having the words all in one page. They are of great help!

  32. Dianne

    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

  33. Karen

    Thank you for having these valuable word lists available and the other extended help links.

  34. chesca gutierrez

    thank you for sharing this for free! God bless!

  35. Isa

    Thanks for these words

  36. christina baygar

    Thank you so much for this. It’s a big help for me. Godbless…

  37. Judy

    Thank you so much. I’ve been looking for these words and other materials for a long time. God bless you.

  38. Oliver

    Thank you. Nice resources

  39. vera

    Great sight word list will continue to use Dolch

  40. Eunice Osborne

    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.

  41. Julia S

    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.

  42. alfie

    It has been very easy to teach reading using your resources. Let God continue blessing you!

  43. Sharon S.

    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.

  44. basudha

    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.

  45. SUBHI

    Subhanallah .. whoever created this, you made our live much much much easier. Thank you very much!

  46. Julie

    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.

  47. Rethina

    Thank you very much for the amazing service. I hope to make use of it for practicing with my Kid.

  48. Scarlet

    Thanks for the list

  49. Rohit Kumar

    Thanks a lot for compiling this useful list. Its a great resource for the teacher, parents and the students also.

  50. 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.

  51. Gowri

    Thanks a lot for the list.

  52. marie

    Thank you so much, for this great resource and the other links. I will use them to help my students read better and faster.
    God bless.

  53. Elaine K

    Thanks for having these lists available. Bright and cheery for the students, too!

  54. Ruth Marie L. Ramos

    Thank you so help us so much.

  55. Dan S.

    Great resource!! Thanks so much!

  56. Bond

    Thank you so much for this great resource. I will use it with my children at home.

  57. Joni

    Thanks so much for these, they are a lifesaver !

  58. Bruce Vayo

    Thanks for making it easy to find these lists. Much appreciated.

  59. uma

    The list of sight words his has been very helpful to me in making my picture book for kids. Thank you very much

  60. Suliasi Bola

    Thanks so much….really helpful…God Bless.

  61. tess

    Thank you so much! It is of great help for me to teach my four year old granddaughter.

  62. geniya

    This is exactly what I need. So many resources for teaching sight words. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  63. 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

  64. Victoria

    May I check that age group for Primer is 6 years old? Thank you.

  65. Lomavuna settlement school

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    We’re using the resources to help our struggling readers.
    God Bless.

  66. Bev

    Wonderful resource ,thank you for sharing. 🙂

  67. Jean Hanna

    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!!!!!

  68. Flo

    Thanks this will be very helpful as I work with my grandson this summer

  69. Rosa Prenger

    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.

  70. Joe Aguilar

    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!

  71. Luz

    Outstanding resource! Thank you!

  72. Kate

    Thank you for this!!!

  73. Natalie Mackay

    At what age do you use the dolch noun list?

  74. Patricia

    AWESOME !!! I looked all over for my old list and could not find it.Thanks for sharing yours.:)

  75. Olga

    This is just what I need. THANK YOU very much.

  76. Guyla Conway

    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!

  77. Rushia B Fuller

    Nice website! ~Jourden’s Mimi (grandmom)

  78. Prachi

    Thanks for the words. It was very useful.
    But I have a question, aren’t there Dolch words for Grade 4?

  79. Laura

    Wonderful resources thank you for sharing, it helped me a lot

  80. Lu Yu

    Grouping sight words in grade level is worthwhile to use in teaching. Thanks for your energy.

  81. Grace

    Very useful. Thank you for sharing.

  82. maria garcia

    Thank You Love This!

  83. Keyara Barrett

    I love these words they are fun

  84. Ernestine

    Thank you so much for this website! It’s a great resource for parents and teachers.

  85. Jessica DuBois

    Thank you so much for this site! I love it!

  86. Shubhangi Gurudas Dalal

    Awesome, very innovative & useful.

  87. Sharoyal

    Hi, this is Sharoyal and I’m trying to learn.

  88. Ruth Christiane

    One never knows the power of the Dolch Sight Words until one is totally immersed in the education of our young students!!!

  89. 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.

  90. 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.


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