Did you know before children finish first grade, they should be able to read all of the Dolch sight words? This list of 220 words, prepared by E.W. Dolch, generally make up from 50 to 75 percent of the reading material encountered by students. These words are generally known as DolchWords, high-frequency words, or “sight words”.

The lists represent frequency of use in books on different grade levels. For example, if is on the third grade list. This only means that E. W. Dolch found this word frequently in third grade books. He put words on the third grade list, which did not appear often in pre-primer through second grade books.

Confidence and reading ability improve when children know Dolch sight words. Many of these words are in almost anything they read. Readers will have more experiences of success if they know these words. Dolch words are service words, which are necessary for understanding sentences.

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