Dolch Word Lists

All the Dolch sight word lists, divided by grade, also available as printable PDFs.

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Dolch Sight Word Lessons

Five techniques for teaching Dolch sight words. Learn proven ways to introduce words, reinforce learning, and correct mistakes.

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Dolch Flash Cards

Print a set of Dolch sight word flash cards, or use our generator to create your own custom cards.

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Dolch Sight Word Games

Print cards and game boards for 18 Dolch sight word games. A fun way to reinforce sight words lessons!

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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

43 Responses to “Dolch Sight Words List”

  1. Maria Neely

    What an excellent resource! Thanks so much!

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  2. Lisa Leary

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

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  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. 🙂

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  4. Mrs. Brant

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

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  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.

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  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.!!!

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  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.

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  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!!!

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  9. Nadine Stokes

    Wow!!!! Great resource, thanks.

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  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!!

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  11. marisol

    Thank you so much for this resource!

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  12. Lea

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

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  13. radiah

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

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  14. dan

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

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  15. Kashif Zahid

    This is an outstanding resource. Really helpful!

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  16. Viv

    Time saving resource, thank you.

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  17. Rasheed

    Wow… excellent resource… thanks a lot. Much helpful for my kids.

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  18. CELESTE

    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!

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  19. Carrie

    Awesome resources and instruction; thank you:)

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  23. Sebastien

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

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  24. Victoria Secomb

    Fantastic and much appreciated. Thank you for having an incredible site for free.

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  25. ARVENSEAN

    Thank you so much!These words are very helpful to my pupils……

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  26. Delores

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

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  27. Mary Kent

    Wow! Excellent resource and easy too. Thank You!

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  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!

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  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.

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  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!

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  31. Anushree

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

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  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

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  33. Karen

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

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  34. chesca gutierrez

    thank you for sharing this for free! God bless!

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  35. Isa

    Thanks for these words

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  36. christina baygar

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

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  37. Judy

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

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  38. Oliver

    Thank you. Nice resources

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  39. vera

    Great sight word list will continue to use Dolch

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  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.

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  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.

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  42. alfie

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

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  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.

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