Dr. Edward Fry expanded upon the Dolch Sight Word lists to create the Fry Sight Word Lists, also known as the Fry 1000 Instant Words. According to Dr. Fry’s research:

  • 25 words make up approximately 33% of written material (see 25 Most Frequent Fry Sight Words below)
  • 100 words make up approximately 50% of written material (see 1st 100 Fry Sight Words below)
  • 300 words make up approximately 65% of written material (see 1st 100 Fry Sight Words, 2nd 100 Fry Sight Words and 3rd 100 Fry Sight Words below)

Why are these percentages important? Think about it – that means students that learn the 300 words can read well over half of any book! And so it is essential for kids to be able to immediately recognize and read these high frequency words. When it comes to writing, it would be difficult to compose any sentence that did not include any of these words.

Generally, students are expected to learn the first 100 Fry words in Grade 1, and the second 100 and third Fry words in Grade 2 and Grade 3. The other 700 words should be mastered in Grades 4 and 5.

We have listed all of the Fry sight words below, organized by each 100, a master list of all words organized by 100 that prints on only 2 pages,  a list of all 1000 words in alphabetical order and a list of all 1000 words ordered by frequency. 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.

25 Most Frequent Fry Sight Words

the, of, and, a, to, in, is, you, that, it, he, was, for, on, are, as, with, his, they, I, at, be, this, have, from

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1st 100 Fry Sight Words

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

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2nd 100 Fry Sight Words

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

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3rd 100 Fry Sight Words

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

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4th 100 Fry Sight Words

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

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5th 100 Fry Sight Words

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

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6th 100 Fry Sight Words

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

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7th 100 Fry Sight Words

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

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8th 100 Fry Sight Words

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

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9th 100 Fry Sight Words

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

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10th 100 Fry Sight Words

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

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All Fry Sight Words in alphabetical order

a, able, about, above, across, act, action, actually, add, addition, adjective, afraid, Africa, after, again, against, age, ago, agreed, ahead, air, all, allow, almost, alone, along, already, also, although, always, am, America, among, amount, an, and, angle, animal, another, answer, any, anything, appear, apple, are, area, arms, army, around, arrived, art, as, ask, at, away

baby, back, bad, ball, bank, base, be, bear, beat, beautiful, became, because, become, bed, been, before, began, begin, behind, being, believe, bell, belong, below, beside, best, better, between, big, bill, birds, bit, black, block, blood, blow, blue, board, boat, body, bones, book, born, both, bottom, bought, box, boy, branches, break, bright, bring, British, broken, brother, brought, brown, build, building, built, burning, business, but, buy, by

called, came, can, cannot, can’t, capital, captain, car, care, carefully, carry, case, cat, catch, cattle, caught, cause, cells, center, cents, century, certain, chance, change, chart, check, chief, child, children, choose, church, circle, city, class, clean, clear, climbed, close, clothes, cloud, coast, cold, color, column, come, common, company, compare, complete, compound, conditions, consider, consonant, contain, continued, control, cook, cool, copy, corn, corner, correct, cost, cotton, could, couldn’t, count, country, course, covered, cows, create, cried, crops, cross, crowd, current, cut

dance, dark, day, dead, deal, death, decided, decimal, deep, describe, desert, design, details, determine, developed, dictionary, did, didn’t, died, difference, different, difficult, direct, direction, discovered, distance, divided, division, do, doctor, does, doesn’t, dog, dollars, done, don’t, door, down, draw, drawing, dress, drive, drop, dry, during

each, early, ears, earth, east, easy, eat, edge, effect, eggs, eight, either, electric, elements, else, end, energy, engine, England, English, enjoy, enough, entered, entire, equal, equation, especially, Europe, even, evening, ever, every, everyone, everything, exactly, example, except, exciting, exercise, expect, experience, experiment, explain, express, eyes

face, fact, factories, factors, fair, fall, family, famous, far, farm, farmers, fast, father, fear, feel, feeling, feet, fell, felt, few, field, fig, fight, figure, filled, finally, find, fine, fingers, finished, fire, first, fish, fit, five, flat, floor, flow, flowers, fly, follow, food, foot, for, force, forest, form, forward, found, four, fraction, France, free, French, fresh, friends, from, front, fruit, full, fun

game, garden, gas, gave, general, get, girl, give, glass, go, God, gold, gone, good, got, government, grass, great, Greek, green, grew, ground, group, grow, guess, gun

had, hair, half, hand, happened, happy, hard, has, hat, have, he, head, hear, heard, heart, heat, heavy, held, help, her, here, high, hill, him, himself, his, history, hit, hoe, hold, hole, home, hope, horse, hot, hours, house, how, however, huge, human, hundred, hunting

I, ice, idea, if, I’ll, important, in, inches, include, increase, Indian, indicate, industry, information, insects, inside, instead, instruments, interest, interesting, into, iron, is, island, isn’t, it, it’s, itself, Japanese, job, joined, jumped, just

keep, kept, key, killed, kind, king, knew, know, known

lady, lake, land, language, large, last, late, laughed, law, lay, lead, learn, least, leave, led, left, legs, length, less, let, let’s, letter, level, lie, life, lifted, light, like, line, list, listen, little, live, located, long, look, lost, lot, loud, love, low

machine, made, main, major, make, mall, man, many, map, march, mark, match, material, matter, may, maybe, me, means, measure, meat, meet, melody, members, men, metal, method, middle, might, mile, milk, million, mind, mine, minutes, miss, modern, molecules, moment, money, months, moon, more, morning, most, mother, mountains, mouth, move, movement, much, music, must, my, name, nation, natural, near, necessary, need, never, new, next, night, no, north, northern, nose, not, note, nothing, notice, noun, now, number, numeral

object, observe, ocean, of, off, office, often, oh, oil, old, on, once, one, only, open, opposite, or, order, other, our, out, outside, over, own, oxygen, page, paint, pair, paper, paragraph, park, part, particular, party, passed, past, pattern, pay, people, per, perhaps, period, person, phrase, picked, picture, piece, place, plains, plan, plane, planets, plant, play, please, plural, poem, point, pole, poor, position, possible, pounds, power, practice, prepared, present, president, pretty, printed, probably, problem, process, produce, products, property, provide, pulled, pushed, put

questions, quickly, quiet, quite

race, radio, rain, raised, ran, rather, reached, read, ready, real, reason, received, record, red, region, remain, remember, repeated, report, represent, rest, result, return, rhythm, rich, ride, right, ring, rise, river, road, rock, rolled, room, root, rope, rose, round, row, rule, run

safe, said, sail, same, sand, sat, save, saw, say, scale, school, science, scientists, score, sea, seat, second, section, see, seeds, seem, seen, sell, send, sense, sent, sentence, separate, serve, set, settled, seven, several, shall, shape, sharp, she, ship, shoes, shop, short, should, shoulder, shouted, show, shown, side, sight, sign, silent, similar, simple, since, sing, single, sir, sister, sit, site, six, size, skin, sky, sleep, slowly, small, smell, smiled, snow, so, soft, soil, soldiers, solution, solve, some, someone, something, sometimes, son, song, soon, sound, south, southern, space, speak, special, speed, spell, spot, spread, spring, square, stand, stars, start, state, statement, stay, steel, step, stick, still, stone, stood, stop, store, story, straight, strange, stream, street, stretched, string, strong, students, study, subject, substances, such, suddenly, suffix, sugar, suggested, sum, summer, sun, supply, suppose, sure, surface, surprise, swim, syllables, symbols, system

table, take, talk, tall, teacher, team, tell, temperature, ten, terms, test, than, that, the, their, them, themselves, then, there, these, they, thick, thin, things, think, third, this, those, though, thought, thousands, three, through, thus, tied, time, tiny, to, today, together, told, tone, too, took, tools, top, total, touch, toward, town, track, trade, train, travel, tree, triangle, trip, trouble, truck, true, try, tube, turn, two, type

uncle, under, underline, understand, unit, until, up, upon, us, use, usually

valley, value, various, verb, very, view, village, visit, voice, vowel, wait, walk, wall, want, war, warm, was, wash, Washington, wasn’t, watch, water, waves, way, we, wear, weather, week, weight, we’ll, well, went, were, west, western, what, wheels, when, where, whether, which, while, white, who, whole, whose, why, wide, wife, wild, will, win, wind, window, wings, winter, wire, wish, with, within, without, woman, women, wonder, won’t, wood, words, work, workers, world, would, wouldn’t, write, written, wrong, wrote

yard, years, yellow, yes, yet, you, young, your, you’re, yourself

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All Fry Sight Words listed by frequency

1st 100 Fry Sight Words by frequency

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

2nd 100 Fry Sight Words by frequency

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

3rd 100 Fry Sight Words by frequency

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

4th 100 Fry Sight Words by frequency

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

5th 100 Fry Sight Words by frequency

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

6th 100 Fry Sight Words by frequency

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

7th 100 Fry Sight Words by frequency

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

8th 100 Fry Sight Words by frequency

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

9th 100 Fry Sight Words by frequency

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

10th 100 Fry Sight Words by frequency

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

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