Dolch Word List - Grade One

© Contributed by Leanne Guenther

From 50-75% of all words used in school books, library books, newspapers, and magazines are in the Dolch Basic Sight Vocabulary of 220 words (preschool thru Grade 3).  The Dolch word list is made up of "service words" (pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and verbs) which cannot be learned through the use of pictures.

In this section I've included a series of flashcards that can be printed and used to reinforce learning, the complete list of preschool words (see table) and some activity ideas for using the flashcards.




 

Complete Grade One List

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

 

 

 

 

Ideas for Using the Flashcards:

The flashcards can simply be held up, giving the child the opportunity to read each one.  But if you're looking for a more engaging activity, try combining the Dolch flashcards with the noun picture flashcards for a variety of activities (I've listed some suggestions here from simplest to hardest).  If you're printing the cards for one of the higher grades, you should consider printing the ones for previous grades as well -- the Dolch words are cummulative and you'll be able to make more complex sentences.