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1st Grade Sight Words

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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!

When parents end their children off to first grade, they often worry about how their child will do in class. Give YOUR child a head start by helping them to learn these words, using our practice ideas! This will be a big help to your first grader's success!

1st Grade Sight Words

There are two main lists of sight words, the Dolch List and the Fry List. Words on both lists share these factors:

  1. All sight words are ones that should be recognized instantly without sounding them out.
  2. They are words used with high-frequency in both reading and writing
  3. Often they are words that re challenging to spell phonetically, such as said and some.

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 important words.

Printable version of our First Grade Sight Words

Flash cards for First Grade Sight Words

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Practice Ideas for 1st Grade Sight Words:

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Practice these sight words for first grade spelling as many ways as you can. You'll find some great ideas in our our eBook of FUN Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1 and 2! It contains  50 all-new worksheets, not found on this website, that make spelling practice FUN for your early learner. 

Here 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.
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  • 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.
  • Use the flash cards provided above. Print the pages, mount them on heavy card stock, cut the words apart, and quiz your child from time to time to see how quickly s/he can identify the words and use them correctly in a sentence or a meaningful phrase. 
  • 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. Don't ask your child to simply write the word. Instead, encourage her/him to write very simple sentences using the words. Compose the sentences together.

If you need sentence suggestions, here are a few to help you get started. The Dolch sight words are in bold

  • Ask me to open the jar. 
  • When can you come over?
  • Let us go on a walk.
  • Where did we put the game?
  • How can we stop every fly?

See this helpful list of tips for Teaching Sight Words.

Additional Sight Word Resources

Clowning Around - Sight Words Printables

Try these fun Sight Word Printables. Our sight words printables are a fun way to give your young learners more practice with Dolch and Fry sight words. On these worksheets, students will write and spell these words. They will relate these words to real-life items: numbers, colors and foods.

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 Or how about these Sight Word Games and Activities? Assign students to work in pairs. Give each pair 6 or 8 sight word cards and a set of alphabet blocks. (If students are using a single set of letters, be sure to select sight word cards without duplicate letters.) Choose words of 3 or more letters.

Try even more Sight Word Games, including Tic-Tac-Toe! You'll find complete instructions, suitable for your early learners, along with teaching and practice tips and printable pages. Don't miss Love the Letters, What's Missing? and all the rest of my sight word reinforcement and practice activities!

Here at Spelling-Words-Well, you'll find everything at your fingertips!

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