The Dolch Sight Words list is the most often used sight words list. The list was developed by Dr. Edward William Dolch, and was published in Dr. Dolch’s book, Problems in Reading. Dr. Dolch developed the list by studying the most frequently occurring words in children’s books from the 1930s and 40s.
The list is comprised of 220 service words, and are typically split into 5 lists by grade: pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, second grade and third grade. Generally speaking, sight words cannot be sounded out, and must be memorized. It is estimated that sight words make up 50% to 70% of words that a reader would find in a typical children’s book. Once a child has memorized the sight words, they can read much more fluently and can focus on the remaining words in the text, increasing their comprehension.
The Dolch 220 include verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions. There is also a separate Douch sight word noun list, which has 95 nouns, bringing the total number of Dolch sight words to 315.
We have listed all of the Dolch Sight Words below, organized by grade and with a separate list of the nouns. We have also included a full list in alphabetical order. There are also separate downloadable printables of each list, which you can put to good use in your classroom or whenever you need to have the lists handy.
Pre-Kindergarten 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 in Alphabetical Order
a, about, after, again, all, always, am, an, , and, any, apple, are, around, as, ask, at, ate, away, baby, back, ball, be, bear, because, bed, been, before, bell, best, better, big, bird, birthday, black, blue, boat, both, box, boy, bread, bring, brother, brown, but, buy, by, cake, call, came, can, car, carry, cat, chair, chicken, children, Christmas, clean, coat, cold, come, corn, could, cow, cut, day, did, do, does, dog, doll, done, don’t, door, down, draw, drink, duck, eat, egg, eight, every, eye, fall, far, farm, farmer, fast, father, feet, find, fire, first, fish, five, floor, flower, fly, for, found, four, from, full, funny, game, garden, gave, get, girl, give, go, goes, going, good, goodbye, got, grass, green, ground, grow, had, hand, has, have, he, head, help, her, here, hill, him, his, hold, home, horse, hot, house, how, hurt, I, if, in, into, is, it, its, jump, just, keep, kind, kitty, know, laugh, leg, let, letter, light, like, little, live, long, look, made, make, man, many, may, me, men, milk, money, morning, mother, much, must, my, myself, name, nest, never, new, night, no, not, now, of, off, old, on, once, one, only, open, or, our, out, over, own, paper, party, pick, picture, pig, play, please, pretty, pull, put, rabbit, rain, ran, read, red, ride, right, ring, robin, round, run, said, Santa Claus, saw, say, school, see, seed, seven, shall, she, sheep, shoe, show, sing, sister, sit, six, sleep, small, snow, so, some, song, soon, squirrel, start, stick, stop, street, sun, table, take, tell, ten, thank, that, the, their, them, then, there, these, they, thing, think, this, those, three, time, to, today, together, too, top, toy, tree, try, two, under, up, upon, us, use, very, walk, want, warm, was, wash, watch, water, way, we, well, went, were, what, when, where, which, white, who, why, will, wind, window, wish, with, wood, work, would, write, yellow, yes, you, your
List of 315 Dolch Sight Words organized by grade and noun list in 2 pages: