Fry Word Lists

All the Fry sight word lists, divided into groups of 100, also available as printable PDFs.

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Fry Sight Word Lessons

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

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Fry Flash Cards

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

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Fry Sight Word Games

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

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The Fry Sight Words list is a more modern list of words than the Dolch list, and was extended to capture the most common 1,000 words. Dr. Edward Fry developed this expanded list in the 1950s (and updated it in 1980), based on the most common words to appear in reading materials used in Grades 3-9. Learning all 1,000 words in the Fry list would equip a child to read about 90% of the words in a typical book, newspaper, or website.

The Fry words are listed by the frequency with which they occur and are often broken down into groups of 100. So the first 100 Fry words are the 100 most frequently occurring words in the English language.

Fry Word Lists

  • 1st 100 Fry Sight Words
    (#1-100)

    a, about, all, an, and, are, as, at, be, been, but, by, called, can, come, could, day, did, do, down, each, find, first, for, from, get, go, had, has, have, he, her, him, his, how, I, if, in, into, is, it, like, long, look, made, make, many, may, more, my, no, not, now, number, of, oil, on, one, or, other, out, part, people, said, see, she, sit, so, some, than, that, the, their, them, then, there, these, they, this, time, to, two, up, use, was, water, way, we, were, what, when, which, who, will, with, words, would, write, you, your

  • 2nd 100 Fry Sight Words
    (#101-200)

    after, again, air, also, America, animal, another, answer, any, around, ask, away, back, because, before, big, boy, came, change, different, does, end, even, follow, form, found, give, good, great, hand, help, here, home, house, just, kind, know, land, large, learn, letter, line, little, live, man, me, means, men, most, mother, move, much, must, name, need, new, off, old, only, our, over, page, picture, place, play, point, put, read, right, same, say, sentence, set, should, show, small, sound, spell, still, study, such, take, tell, things, think, three, through, too, try, turn, us, very, want, well, went, where, why, work, world, years

  • 3rd 100 Fry Sight Words
    (#201-300)

    above, add, almost, along, always, began, begin, being, below, between, book, both, car, carry, children, city, close, country, cut, don’t, earth, eat, enough, every, example, eyes, face, family, far, father, feet, few, food, four, girl, got, group, grow, hard, head, hear, high, idea, important, Indian, it’s, keep, last, late, leave, left, let, life, light, list, might, mile, miss, mountains, near, never, next, night, often, once, open, own, paper, plant, real, river, run, saw, school, sea, second, seem, side, something, sometimes, song, soon, start, state, stop, story, talk, those, thought, together, took, tree, under, until, walk, watch, while, white, without, young

  • 4th 100 Fry Sight Words
    (#301-400)

    across, against, area, become, best, better, birds, black, body, certain, cold, color, complete, covered, cried, didn’t, dog, door, draw, during, early, easy, ever, fall, farm, fast, field, figure, fire, fish, five, friends, ground, happened, heard, himself, hold, horse, hours, however, hundred, I’ll, king, knew, listen, low, map, mark, measure, money, morning, music, north, notice, numeral, order, passed, pattern, piece, plan, problem, products, pulled, questions, reached, red, remember, rock, room, seen, several, ship, short, since, sing, slowly, south, space, stand, step, sun, sure, table, today, told, top, toward, town, travel, true, unit, upon, usually, voice, vowel, war, waves, whole, wind, wood

  • 5th 100 Fry Sight Words
    (#401-500)

    able, ago, am, among, ball, base, became, behind, boat, box, bring, brought, building, built, cannot, carefully, check, circle, class, clear, common, contain, correct, course, dark, decided, deep, done, dry, English, equation, explain, fact, feel, filled, finally, fine, fly, force, front, full, game, gave, government, green, half, heat, heavy, hot, inches, include, inside, island, known, language, less, machine, material, minutes, note, nothing, noun, object, ocean, oh, pair, person, plane, power, produce, quickly, ran, rest, road, round, rule, scientists, shape, shown, six, size, special, stars, stay, stood, street, strong, surface, system, ten, though, thousands, understand, verb, wait, warm, week, wheels, yes, yet

  • 6th 100 Fry Sight Words
    (#501-600)

    anything, arms, beautiful, believe, beside, bill, blue, brother, can’t, cause, cells, center, clothes, dance, describe, developed, difference, direction, discovered, distance, divided, drive, drop, edge, eggs, energy, Europe, exercise, farmers, felt, finished, flowers, forest, general, gone, grass, happy, heart, held, instruments, interest, job, kept, lay, legs, length, love, main, matter, meet, members, million, mind, months, moon, paint, paragraph, past, perhaps, picked, present, probably, race, rain, raised, ready, reason, record, region, represent, return, root, sat, shall, sign, simple, site, sky, soft, square, store, subject, suddenly, sum, summer, syllables, teacher, test, third, train, wall, weather, west, whether, wide, wild, window, winter, wish, written

  • 7th 100 Fry Sight Words
    (#601-700)

    act, Africa, age, already, although, amount, angle, appear, baby, bear, beat, bed, bottom, bright, broken, build, buy, care, case, cat, century, consonant, copy, couldn’t, count, cross, dictionary, died, dress, either, everyone, everything, exactly, factors, fight, fingers, floor, fraction, free, French, gold, hair, hill, hole, hope, ice, instead, iron, jumped, killed, lake, laughed, lead, let’s, lot, melody, metal, method, middle, milk, moment, nation, natural, outside, per, phrase, poor, possible, pounds, pushed, quiet, quite, remain, result, ride, rolled, sail, scale, section, sleep, smiled, snow, soil, solve, someone, son, speak, speed, spring, stone, surprise, tall, temperature, themselves, tiny, trip, type, village, within, wonder

  • 8th 100 Fry Sight Words
    (#701-800)

    alone, art, bad, bank, bit, break, brown, burning, business, captain, catch, caught, cents, child, choose, clean, climbed, cloud, coast, continued, control, cool, cost, decimal, desert, design, direct, drawing, ears, east, else, engine, England, equal, experiment, express, feeling, fell, flow, foot, garden, gas, glass, God, grew, history, human, hunting, increase, information, itself, joined, key, lady, law, least, lost, maybe, mouth, party, pay, period, plains, please, practice, president, received, report, ring, rise, row, save, seeds, sent, separate, serve, shouted, single, skin, statement, stick, straight, strange, students, suppose, symbols, team, touch, trouble, uncle, valley, visit, wear, whose, wire, woman, wrote, yard, you’re, yourself

  • 9th 100 Fry Sight Words
    (#801-900)

    addition, army, bell, belong, block, blood, blow, board, bones, branches, cattle, chief, compare, compound, consider, cook, corner, crops, crowd, current, doctor, dollars, eight, electric, elements, enjoy, entered, except, exciting, expect, famous, fit, flat, fruit, fun, guess, hat, hit, indicate, industry, insects, interesting, Japanese, lie, lifted, loud, major, mall, meat, mine, modern, movement, necessary, observe, park, particular, planets, poem, pole, position, process, property, provide, rather, rhythm, rich, safe, sand, science, sell, send, sense, seven, sharp, shoulder, sight, silent, soldiers, spot, spread, stream, string, suggested, supply, swim, terms, thick, thin, thus, tied, tone, trade, tube, value, wash, wasn’t, weight, wife, wings, won’t

  • 10th 100 Fry Sight Words
    (#901-1000)

    action, actually, adjective, afraid, agreed, ahead, allow, apple, arrived, born, bought, British, capital, chance, chart, church, column, company, conditions, corn, cotton, cows, create, dead, deal, death, details, determine, difficult, division, doesn’t, effect, entire, especially, evening, experience, factories, fair, fear, fig, forward, France, fresh, Greek, gun, hoe, huge, isn’t, led, level, located, march, match, molecules, northern, nose, office, opposite, oxygen, plural, prepared, pretty, printed, radio, repeated, rope, rose, score, seat, settled, shoes, shop, similar, sir, sister, smell, solution, southern, steel, stretched, substances, suffix, sugar, tools, total, track, triangle, truck, underline, various, view, Washington, we’ll, western, win, women, workers, wouldn’t, wrong, yellow

  • All Fry Sight Words by group
  • All Fry Sight Words in order of frequency
  • All Fry Sight Words in alphabetical order

14 Responses to “Fry Sight Words List”

  1. Margaret Landry

    I am volunteering with children whose primary language at home is not English. We are using the sight words but also would like to work with helping them make sentences with these words. Do you have any handouts which would help? Thank you, Margaret

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  2. Danielle

    Hi Margaret,

    Teachers pay Teachers have tons of free resources. 🙂

    Danielle

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  3. Maribel

    hi Margaret, thank you for this… i’m from Philippines and I volunteer to tutor an elementary pupils who can’t read…. this will help me.. thank you..

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  4. medhanie gebeyehu

    I am very grateful to Dr. Fry for his highly regarded research and immensely important teaching and learning techniques. I found the groupings enormously helpful.

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  5. Danielle Edward

    I am getting better at reading by using the Fry and Dolch word lists. Thank you so much! Hugs, Danielle/GMA

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  6. Dana R. Casey

    Can you provide any links or titles of scholarly studies that I can use with admin to support this as a proven and effective teaching practice?

    ADMIN – Hi Dana,

    Take a look at the Research Bibliography section of our Sight Words Introduction page. We have listed several books and articles that have informed the development of our sight words teaching strategies.

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  7. Pioria Asito

    Thank you so much for these resources. My 10 yr. old twins (Jalen and Jaden) are now able to recognize simple words and read them. With continuing practices every evening, I hope to introduce them to more words. Again, thank you!!

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  8. Abdo Muhammad

    wooondeerfulllllll
    I really like it .
    thaaaaaaaaaaaaanks

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  9. Yoda

    This is AWESOME!!!! Thank you for so much resources!!!!!!!!!!!
    I’m a student from China and because of this, i can go to America and study!!!!!
    again… THANK YOU!!!!!

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  10. Yoda

    This a wonderful resource. Thank you!

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  11. Annie

    Thanks a bunch. I pull it up on my smart board and read with my class daily.

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  12. Pamela Green

    What does it mean if your first grader knows all 1000 fry words?

    ADMIN – Hi Pamela,

    Knowing all 1,000 fry sight words would be very unusual for a first grader! It could indicate a gift in verbal intelligence.

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  13. Michelle Johnson

    I am going to start using these games to help my child read better.

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  14. Joanna b.

    I am a retired teacher, I do Sub for a few schools in my District. I used these list in a PowerPoint, set on a timer. My students like to see who could learn the most words. So they could go onto the next 100 words. I had EEL students in my room each year.
    I also had other students help the EEL students. They became Peer Teachers, they loved the idea they could teach others.
    Now I’m beginning to utilize for my 2 yr old grandson, a few minutes each day.

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