Dolch Sight Words List:
The ability to decode words is crucial to reading, but a number of high frequency words are still worth learning whole.
For example, some words cannot be “sounded out” in the usual way using phoneme-grapheme correspondences because they have irregular spellings. In these cases, what you see is not what you hear. Not all sight words are phonemically irregular in that way - some are just worth knowing whole because of how frequently they are used.
Download Dolch Sight Words List: 1st Grade below.
The two most common lists of sight words are Dolch words and Fry words. Both Dolch and Fry word lists are based on the most frequently occurring words in the English language. These lists can be printed out and kept for reference.
Common Core Alignment:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.C Read common high-frequency words by sight
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.G Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
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Phonics is the method that helps children build systematic connections between letters and sounds. But some high frequency words have irregular spellings and need to be learned by sight.
To find out more, read our Deep Dive into Phonics report. This report provides an easy-to-understand overview of phonics and phonemic awareness - why they are important and how they are taught in the classroom - and explains all the relevant terminology, including why some words need to be learned by sight. It's perfect for sharing with colleagues, friends, and to Google Classroom!
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