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Sight Word List :
Fry's 1000 Instant Words  (1-300)

The Fry Sight Word List is made up of the most frequently used words in children's books, novels, articles and textbooks. The words are ranked in order of frequency.

faucet with a drop of water coming out

The list was compiled by Dr. Edward B. Fry in 1996.  His research found that just 25 words make up approximately 1/3 of all published text. He noted that 100 words make up about 1/2, and 300 words make up 65% of all written material.

Clearly, students need to be able to read and spell these 300 hundred words easily to be successful in the early grades. Use the printable lists for writing and spelling practice at home and in the classroom. You'll find a link for each  remaining Fry sight word list at the bottom of the page.

I've also posted the popular Dolch Sight Word lists.

The First Hundred Words (Words 1-100) 
Printable list

List 1List 2List 3List 4
theorwillnumber
ofoneupno
andhadotherway
abyaboutcould
towordsoutpeople
inbutmanymy
isnotthenthan
youwhatthemfirst
thatallthesewater
itweresobeen
hewesomecalled
waswhenherwho
foryourwouldam
oncanmakeits
aresaidlikenow
astherehimfind
withuseintolong
hisantimedown
theyeachhasday
Iwhichlookdid
atshetwoget
bedomorecome
thishowwritemade
havetheirgomay
fromifseepart

I have printable flash cards for the first 100 words.

Second Hundred (Words 101 - 200) - Printable List

List 1List 2List 3List 4
oversaysettry
newgreatputkind
soundwhereendhand
takehelpdoespicture
onlythroughanotheragain
littlemuchwellchange
workbeforelargeoff
knowlinemustplay
placerightbigspell
yearstooevenair
livemeanssuchaway
meoldbecauseanimal
backanyturnhouse
givesameherepoint
mosttellwhypage
veryboyaskletter
afterfollowwentmother
thingscamemenanswer
ourwantreadfound
justshowneedstudy
namealsolandstill
goodarounddifferentlearn
sentenceformhomeshould
manthreeusAmerica
thinksmallmoveworld


Third Hundred (Words 201 - 300) - Printable List

List 1List 2List 3List 4
highsawimportantmiss
everyleftuntilidea
neardon'tchildrenenough
addfewsideeat
foodwhilefeetface
betweenalongcarwatch
ownmightmilefar
belowclosenightIndian
countrysomethingwalkreal
plantseemwhitealmost
lastnextsealet
schoolhardbeganabove
fatheropengrowgirl
keepexampletooksometimes
treebeginrivermountains
neverlifefourcut
startalwayscarryyoung
citythosestatetalk
earthbothoncesoon
eyespaperbooklist
lighttogetherhearsong
thoughtgotstopbeing
headgroupwithoutleave
underoftensecondfamily
storyrunlateit's

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Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Hundred Words

Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Hundred Words

Tips for Using Sight Word Lists

Now that you know all these sight words, it's great to actually use them with your child or students! I've written several sight word games to give kids fun practice in recognizing these all-important words at an early age. Here are just two examples:

wooden alphabet blocks

Love the Letters! - Three fun activities for partners using any sight words. Children work in pairs to use alphabet blocks to spell sight words, following one of several interesting variations. Bore no more!

Tic-Tac-Toe Game - A simple format that kids can use over and over with any sight words. Students write sight words into a blank tic-tac-toe board. Then the fun begins!

Sight Word Game : Bingo!

Or how about a classroom game of Sight Word Bingo?! What better way to have FUN recognizing words?  This is a great educational game from other site, www.word-game-world.com. While you're there, check out some of my other word games and puzzles!

Author Ann Richmond Fisher

Ann Richmond Fisher is a longtime published educational writer, a former classroom teacher and a former homeschool teacher. Ann's spelling bee resources, graded spelling word lists, spelling games, worksheets, and other language arts resources have become respected around the globe since she launched Spelling-Words-Well in 2010.

Ann is also the creator of www.word-game-world.com.


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