Top 150 Word Lists

All the Top 150 Written Words, divided into groups of 50, also available as printable PDFs.


Top 150 Sight Word Lessons

Five techniques for teaching the Top 150 written words. Learn proven ways to introduce words, reinforce learning, and correct mistakes.


Top 150 Flash Cards

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Top 150 Sight Word Games

Print cards and game boards for 18 Top 150 Written Words games. A fun way to reinforce sight words lessons!


The Top 150 Written Words is the newest of the word lists, commonly used by native speakers of other languages who are learning to read English. They are the 150 words that occur most frequently in printed English, according to the Word Frequency Book. This list is recommended by Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D., Professor of Learning Development at Yale University.

The words are listed in order of their frequency in printed language. We have divided them into three groups of 50 words each.

Top 150 Written Word Lists

  • 1st 50 Top Written Words
    (50 words)

    the, of, and, a, to, in, is, you, that, it, he, for, was, on, are, as, not, but, what, all, were, when, we, there, can, an, your, which, their, said, if, do, into, has, more, her, two, like, him, see, time, could, no, make, than, first, been, its, water, long

  • 2nd 50 Top Written Words
    (50 words)

    little, very, after, words, called, just, where, most, know, get, through, back, much, before, think, also, around, another, came, come, work, three, word, must, because, does, part, even, place, well, with, his, they, at, be, this, from, I, have, or, by, one, had, will, each, about, how, up, out, them

  • 3rd 50 Top Written Words
    (50 words)

    then, she, many, some, so, these, would, who, now, people, my, made, over, did, down, only, way, find, use, may, other, go, good, new, write, our, used, me, man, too, any, day, same, right, look, such, here, take, why, things, help, put, years, different, away, again, off, went, old, number

  • All Top 150 Written Words in order of usage
  • All Top 150 Written Words in alphabetical order

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