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Sight Words (Dolch Word List)

Why Sight Words?

Sight Words (sometimes called the Dolch Word List) are some of the most frequently used words in the English language. Even though they number only about 200, Sight Words make up approximately 50 to 70 percent of any given general, non-technical text. Therefore, teaching Sight Words as early as possible is considered a crucial part of elementary education.

We hope that you will find our Sight Words materials helpful and easy to use!

Dolch Sight Words Lists.

Sight Words PDF Printables.

Sight Words Talking Charts.

Sight Words Sentence Builder Game.

With this fun and simple game, your children can practice Sight Words in context. The goal is to assemble short sentences from the given words. The player receives visual and auditory feedback indicating whether the response is correct. Once the student answers correctly, the game moves to the next sentence.

Wordsearch Puzzles.

Wordsearch puzzles are a great tool for helping children improve their language arts skills. Manually creating wordsearch puzzles is a time-consuming process. Besides, the number of already available puzzles is limited. So what's a teacher to do? Quiz-Tree.com to the rescue! Our super-fast Sight Words Wordsearch Puzzle Generator will create a new puzzle for you in seconds.

Here's how it works:
1. Click on one of the links below.
2. On the next page you will see a puzzle generated using 10 or 20 random words from one of the standard Dolch lists.

Hot tip: To get another puzzle variation, simply reload the page and a new puzzle will be created for you automatically.

But there is more! If you want to choose the number of rows and columns, the amount of words, and other puzzle features, please use the Sight Words Wordsearch Puzzle Generator.

More About Sight Words.

Reading is one of the most critical skills taught at school. It is virtually impossible for a person to live a productive life in our society without being functionally literate. Children with reading difficulties will undoubtedly have trouble mastering nearly all school subjects even if they are motivated to study. Conversely, children who learn to read in the early grades acquire one of the most basic skills needed to continue their education and be fully-functional as adults.

In many schools students are expected to be able to read simple material by the end of the second grade. One of the most important goals in teaching young students to read is making sure they are completely proficient with Sight Words.

There are two additional reasons why it is important to give Sight Words an extra priority. Firstly, phonetic analysis can't be applied to many of the Sight Words. Secondly, quite a few of the Sight Words cannot be taught through pictures (e.g. "if", "soon", "but", etc.).

Even though it may take a considerable effort for children to learn the entire Dolch Word List, it is well worth it. Having the ability to recognize these words can dramatically increase confidence and improve reading proficiency of the beginning reader.

Because complete fluency with Sight Words is the foundation of literacy, a variety of techniques are used to teach them to children. Repetition and practice are very important in making Sight Words recognition automatic. For example, there are numerous group activities that help in teaching Dolch Word List in elementary school setting. These activities are often supplemented by interactive games that involve flashcards and computer software.

Clearly, exercises and games like the ones presented on this website can be most valuable when used as a part of a comprehensive reading education program that employs a variety of materials and activities.

Helpful Links

Free Downloadable Sight Words Software.

Sight Words Buddy for Windows can help your children master Dolch Word List and have some fun too. The exercises are simple and it takes just a few seconds to learn how to use them. When the exercise starts, the student will hear one of the Sight Words. The student's task is to select the right word. After the student answers correctly, the game will move to the next word.

Sight Words Video.

More Sight Words Videos.

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Examples of Sight Words Games.

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