Monday, February 15, 2016

Dolch Sight Word Lists

Dolch sight words, compiled by Edward William Dolch, Ph.D., are the 220 most frequently appearing words in print, regardless of subject matter.  Most of the words on this list cannot be sounded out phonetically, and need to be recognized by sight.  Memorizing these words by sight will help the reader build fluency, and avoid frustration with decoding.  Such frustration will slow down the reader, and hinder comprehension. 

Broken into 5 categories, the Dolch sight words are common amongst the PreK - 3rd grade language arts curriculum.  Click on the pictures below for the free printable sight word list.

Activities to increase sight word mastery. 

  • Word Wall -  Create a space visible to the readers. Section off a space for each letter of the alphabet, allowing several word cards to fit under the letter. Here is a set of FREE letter card headers.  As you introduce a new word, place it on the word wall.  Have the kids chant the word, spell the word, and use the word in a sentence.
  • Flashcards - Print a set of sight words, put them on a small binder ring.  Practice the words as morning work, incorporate into a morning routine, flash while students are lining up at the door, hang them in a writing center, or send home as a resource for parents to help at home. 
  • Sight Word Search - Let them hunt for a specific sight word. My kinders loved hunting for sight words.  I would give them small magnifying glasses, show them the word they are to look for, and set them loose around the room.  They would look in books, on posters, in centers, on student work, etc.  Then, during centers, I would have them complete a sight word search activity.  You can read more about that here

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