Learning Sight words Printables and Worksheets


sight words worksheets and printables for kidsSight words are commonly used words that young children are encouraged to recognize without having to sound them out. These words are typically taught to beginning readers because they frequently appear in written text and often do not follow regular phonetic rules, making them difficult to decode.

Importance of Sight Words

  1. Fluency: Recognizing sight words instantly helps children read more smoothly and quickly.
  2. Comprehension: When children can recognize these words automatically, they can focus more on understanding the text.
  3. Confidence: Mastering sight words boosts a child’s confidence in their reading abilities.

Common Sight Word Lists

  • Dolch Sight Words: A widely used list compiled by Edward Dolch in the 1930s-40s. It includes 220 “service words” and 95 “common nouns” divided into grade levels from pre-kindergarten to third grade.
  • Fry Sight Words: Developed by Dr. Edward Fry, this list includes 1,000 high-frequency words divided into groups of 100, which are often prioritized based on their frequency of use in reading material.

Teaching Strategies for Sight Words

  1. Repetition and Practice: Frequent exposure through reading, writing, and games.
  2. Flashcards: Using flashcards to practice recognition and memory.
  3. Interactive Games: Engaging children with games that incorporate sight words.
  4. Reading Practice: Including sight words in daily reading activities.
  5. Writing Activities: Encouraging children to use sight words in their own writing.

Activities for Learning Sight Words

  1. Word Hunts: Searching for sight words in books, magazines, or around the classroom.
  2. Sight Word Bingo: Playing bingo with sight words instead of numbers.
  3. Memory Matching: Matching pairs of sight words in a memory game.
  4. Sentence Building: Creating sentences using sight words to enhance comprehension and context understanding.

Examples of Sight Words

Pre-K to Kindergarten

  • a, and, away, big, blue, can, come, down, find, for, funny, go, help, here, I, in, is, it, jump, little, look, make, me, my, not, one, play, red, run, said, see, the, three, two, up, we, where, yellow, you

First Grade

  • after, again, an, any, as, ask, by, could, every, fly, from, give, going, 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

Second Grade

  • always, around, because, been, before, best, both, buy, call, cold, does, don’t, fast, first, five, found, gave, goes, green, its, made, many, off, or, pull, read, right, sing, sit, sleep, tell, their, these, those, upon, us, use, very, wash, which, why, wish, work, would, write, your

Third Grade

  • about, better, bring, carry, clean, cut, done, draw, drink, eight, fall, far, full, got, grow, hold, hot, hurt, if, keep, kind, laugh, light, long, much, myself, never, only, own, pick, seven, shall, show, six, small, start, ten, today, together, try, warm

Using these strategies and activities can help young learners build a strong foundation in reading, making the transition to more complex texts smoother and more enjoyable.  For sight words click here