I extend grateful thanks to my sources(credit below) for providing this
brief overview, and when I have combined it with the actual words
lists and phrase list, gives an indication of the INTERNATIONAL
accepted norms and standards. Note however that some work units
will have some of the words in various of the other groups.

I have my own personal method of teaching these to my chlidren
with the aids of many and various organisations and methods.  The
end requirement or result is the same and successful.  We must also
bear in mind that in South Africa many of our spellings are different to
the spelling in the United States therefore we have to adapt our
teaching plans accordingly.

I have compiled flash cards, work units and sight word lists for each of
the five Dolch Groups, Nouns and the Phrases.  The delay in
uploading is due to the present conversion into Afrikaans and Zulu as
well, where appropriate.

Overview – Teaching Notes

The famous Dolch Sight Word lists are named after E.W. Dolch, who
surveyed a great quantity of children's books to compile a list of the
most commonly occurring words in young children's readers.  He
came up with a list of 220 "service words" (primarily pronouns,
adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions and verbs) and 95
common nouns.  It is estimated that the combined listings account for
common words that occur in 50-75% of children's books.

The Dolch words are also commonly known as "sight words" because
very often they cannot be either illustrated via simple pictures or
sounded out according to regular phonetic decoding rules.  They
need to be learned and recognized 'on sight'.  Given the frequency
of the Dolch words in children's literature, they are deemed crucial for
beginner readers, and most experts advocate the these words be
learned by native English speakers prior to finishing the first grade in

The importance of learning Dolch words for beginner EFL/ESL students
has also been pointed out, but it is important to note that whereas
native speakers are learning written forms of words that have already
become cemented in their oral/aural vocabulary, this may not
necessarily be the case for learners of English as a second language.  
For these students, learning Dolch words really needs to go hand in
hand with a rich array of comprehensible language input in both
spoken and written form.  For more Dolch Printables
click here.

Dolch Sight Word Listing

Dolch organized his listing into categories that match grade levels.  
This represents a sequence rather than an order of difficulty, and
matches the frequency of words according to grade-level material.  
Despite this categorization, it is generally recommended that all of
the words in all the categories be learned during the first grade.  The
listing is as follows:

Pre-primer  (In South Africa we refer to this as Grade RR (Gr 1)

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

Primer (In South Africa we refer to this as Grade R) (Gr2)

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

1st Grade  (Gr3)

after, again, an, any, as, ask, by, could, every, fly, from, give, giving,
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

2nd Grade (Gr4)

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

3rd Grade (Gr5)

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

Dolch Nouns

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,
good-bye, 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,

Dolch Phrases - Print from your browser

My sincere thanks to www.dolch-words.com for condensing this list.  It is © to www.
dolch-words.com whose link you will find on my pages
The Dolch Words are the 220 most frequently found words in
books that children read.  Children who learn these words
develop a firm base for beginning reading.  May of these
word should be learnt as sight words.

Units and activities of various descriptions will be constantly
updated to develop the repetition necessary to familiarise
themselves with the words
1) a big horse
2) a big house
3) a new book
4) a new hat
5) a pretty home
6) a pretty picture
7) about him
8) about it
9) all day
10) all night
11) as he did
12) as he said
13) as I do
14) as I said
15) at home
16) at once
17) at school
18) at three
19) by the house
20) by the tree
21) can fly
22) can live
23) can play
24) can run
25) could eat
26) could make
27) did not fall
28) did not go
29) down here
30) down the hill
31) down the street
32) down there
33) for him
34) for the baby
35) for the girl
36) for them
37) from home
38) from the farm
39) from the tree
40) has come back
41) has found
42) has made
43) has run away
44) he is
45) he was
46) he would do
47) he would try
48) her father
49) her mother
50) his brother
51) his sister
52) I am
53) I may get
54) I may go
55) I was
56) I will come
57) I will go
58) I will fall
59) if I could
60) if I may
61) if I might
62) if I must
63) if you can
64) if you wish
65) in the barn
66) in the box
67) in the garden
68) in the grass
69) in the water
70) in the window
71) is coming
72) is going
73) it is
74) it was
75) must be
76) must go
77) my brother
78) my father
79) on the chair
80) on the floor
81) so long
82) so much
83) some bread
84) some cake
85) the black bird
86) the black horse
87) the funny man
88) the funny rabbit
89) the little chicken
90) the little children
91) the little dog
92) the little pig
93) the new coat
94) the new doll
95) the old man
96) the old men
97) the red apple
98) the red cow
99) the small boat
100) the small boy
101) the white duck
102) the white sheep
103) the yellow ball
104) the yellow cat
105) then he came
106) then he said
107) they are
108) they were
109) to go
110) to stop
111) to the barn
112) to the house
113) to the farm
114) to the nest
115) to the school
116) too little
117) too soon
118) up here
119) up there
120) was found
121) was made
122) we are
123) we were
124) went away
125) went down
126) what I say
127) what I want
128) when I can
129) when I wish
130) when you come
131) when you know
132) will buy
133) will go
134) will look
135) will read
136) will think
137) will walk
138) with brother
139) with mother
140) with the dog
141) with us
142) would like
143) would want
144) you are
145) you were
146) you will do
147) you will like
148) your father
149) your mother
150) your sister
Dolch Words
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