1st Grade Sight Words

Learning 1st grade sight words is the single best thing your student can do to get off to a good start with first grade spelling, reading and writing. These are words that all first graders should read instantly and spell easily. Don't miss our practice ideas below!

We've broken down the Dolch Sight Word List for first grade into two parts, so you and your child can work on mastering just a few words at a time. Give your first grader confidence by helping her to learn these 1st grade sight words!

Printable version of our 1st Grade Sight Words

Group One

an as ask by fly
from had has her him
let may of old some
stop them then walk when

Group Two

after again any could every
give going how just know
live once open over put
round take thank think where

Note that many of these words appear on our larger lists of 1st grade spelling words, and some even appear on our 2nd grade lists.

Practice Ideas for 1st Grade Sight Words:

Practice these sight words for first grade spelling as many ways as you can.
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happy first grade studentHere are more practice ideas for parents and teachers:
  • Look for these words when you're reading picture books together. After you've finished reading an enjoyable book, go back and look for these sight words. Encourage your first grader to read sentences aloud that contain those words.
  • Find the words on food packages and road signs. Ask your child to repeat the phrases or sentences after you've read them to him. 
  • Ask your child to spell the words aloud from time to time in spare moments. Choose just one or two words to work on at once. Quiz your child (or students) many, many times but only for a minute or two. Long periods of drill are not helpful at this young age.
  • Finally, ask your child to write the words. If possible, have manuscript paper available so he can use the lines for guidance.

Additional Resources:

For more ideas, try our  spelling worksheets, sight word games,
spelling word games and fun activities!

We also recommend this set of over 300 fun online learning games  offered by one of our affiliates. I've also set up a Sight Words products store on Amazon.

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