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Sight Words (Fry Words)

Updated on October 04, 2019

In 1996, Dr. Edward B. Fry expanded on the Dolch Sight Word Lists to develop the 1000 Instant Words. These words are the most commonly used words in English reading, writing, and spelling. In expanding on the Dolch lists, Dr. Fry found that:

  • 25 words make up approximately 1/3 of all items published
  • 100 words comprise approximately 1/2 of all of the words found in publications
  • 300 words make up approximately 65% of all written material.

To ensure successful reading, it is critical that students know and can read these 300 sight words without a moments hesitation. The lists below are provided for you to practice at home.

Please chunk these words into groups of 5-10 and practice nightly. Encourage your child to find them in reading, on signs and in public, and to use them in daily speech.

Fry’s First Hundred (Mastered by 1st Grade)
  1. the
  2. of
  3. and
  4. a
  5. to
  6. in
  7. is
  8. you
  9. that
  10. it
  11. he
  12. was
  13. for
  14. on
  15. are
  16. as
  17. with
  18. his
  19. they
  20. I
  21. at
  22. be
  23. this
  24. have
  25. from
  26. or
  27. one
  28. had
  29. by
  30. words
  31. but
  32. not
  33. what
  34. all
  35. were
  36. we
  37. when
  38. your
  39. can
  40. said
  41. there
  42. use
  43. an
  44. each
  45. which
  46. she
  47. do
  48. how
  49. their
  50. if
  51. will
  52. up
  53. other
  54. about
  55. out
  56. many
  57. then
  58. them
  59. these
  60. so
  61. some
  62. her
  63. would
  64. make
  65. like
  66. him
  67. into
  68. time
  69. has
  70. look
  71. two
  72. more
  73. write
  74. go
  75. see
  76. number
  77. no
  78. way
  79. could
  80. people
  81. my
  82. than
  83. first
  84. water
  85. been
  86. called
  87. who
  88. am
  89. its
  90. now
  91. find
  92. long
  93. down
  94. day
  95. did
  96. get
  97. come
  98. made
  99. may
  100. part
Fry’s Second Hundred (Mastered by Second Grade)
  1. over
  2. new
  3. sound
  4. take
  5. only
  6. little
  7. work
  8. know
  9. place
  10. years
  11. live
  12. me
  13. back
  14. give
  15. most
  16. very
  17. after
  18. thing
  19. our
  20. just
  21. name
  22. good
  23. sentence
  24. man
  25. think
  26. say
  27. great
  28. where
  29. help
  30. through
  31. much
  32. before
  33. line
  34. right
  35. too
  36. means
  37. old
  38. any
  39. same
  40. tell
  41. boy
  42. following
  43. came
  44. want
  45. show
  46. also
  47. around
  48. farm
  49. three
  50. small
  51. set
  52. put
  53. end
  54. does
  55. another
  56. well
  57. large
  58. must
  59. big
  60. even
  61. such
  62. because
  63. turn
  64. here
  65. why
  66. asked
  67. went
  68. men
  69. read
  70. need
  71. land
  72. different
  73. home
  74. us
  75. move
  76. try
  77. kind
  78. hand
  79. picture
  80. again
  81. change
  82. off
  83. play
  84. spell
  85. air
  86. away
  87. animals
  88. house
  89. point
  90. page
  91. letters
  92. mother
  93. answer
  94. found
  95. study
  96. still
  97. learn
  98. should
  99. America
  100. world
Fry’s Third Hundred (Mastered by Third Grade)
  1. high
  2. every
  3. near
  4. add
  5. food
  6. between
  7. own
  8. below
  9. country
  10. plant
  11. last
  12. school
  13. father
  14. keep
  15. tree
  16. never
  17. start
  18. city
  19. earth
  20. eyes
  21. light
  22. thought
  23. head
  24. under
  25. story
  26. saw
  27. left
  28. don’t
  29. few
  30. while
  31. along
  32. might
  33. close
  34. something
  35. seem
  36. next
  37. hard
  38. open
  39. example
  40. begin
  41. life
  42. always
  43. those
  44. both
  45. paper
  46. together
  47. got
  48. group
  49. often
  50. run
  51. important
  52. until
  53. children
  54. side
  55. feet
  56. car
  57. mile
  58. night
  59. walk
  60. white
  61. sea
  62. began
  63. grow
  64. took
  65. river
  66. four
  67. carry
  68. state
  69. once
  70. book
  71. hear
  72. stop
  73. without
  74. second
  75. late
  76. miss
  77. idea
  78. enough
  79. eat
  80. face
  81. watch
  82. far
  83. Indian
  84. real
  85. almost
  86. let
  87. above
  88. girl
  89. sometimes
  90. mountains
  91. cut
  92. young
  93. talk
  94. soon
  95. list
  96. song
  97. being
  98. leave
  99. family
  100. it’s