Kindergarten Sight Words

Dolch Word List
The Dolch word list is the most widely sight word list used within the schools. The pre-primer and primer words that would be used within a kindergarten classroom are listed below.  You will also find word cards that could be used for the word wall.

Pre-primer Words 
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, to, two, up, we, where, yellow and you.

Primer Words
all, am, are, at, ate, be, black, brown, but,  came, did, do, eat, four, get, good, have, he into, like, must, new, no, now, on, our, out, please, pretty, can, ride, saw, say, she, so, soon, that, there, they this, too, under, want, was, well, went, what, white, who, will, with and yes.

Fry's Word List
The Fry's word list is another common resource used within the classrooms.

Kinderplans Alphabet Sight Word Readers
Sight words should not be introduced in isolation of text and meaning.  The alphabet and sight word readers found within the "Alphabet Program" were   designed to be used to teach skills, the alphabet sounds and sight words.  All the pre-primer words and a some primer words have been introduced within the readers (not in the order displayed in the list).  It was a huge undertaking to integrate the themes and sequentially introduce the alphabet, printing and sight words in a systematic meaningful order.  More information on the program can be found in the link below;

More Information on the Program



Video on YouTube Demonstrate Sight Word Reader

View on SchoolTube Sight Word Introduction

Word Wall

1.  Words should be large enough to be seen from anywhere within the classroom.

2.  The word cards should be accessible to all students.

3.  They should be used daily.

4.  They should be arranged under alphabetic headings using different colors for each letter.

Introducing the Word

1.  Should be introduced within context of print.

2.  Demonstrate how to print the word.  Discuss the letter formation, outline the word and discuss the tall and short letters.

Sight Word Games and Activities

It can be a challenge to find engaging and fun activities to assist students in practicing their sight words.  We have outlined a few.  You will find more suggestions within the member's site.

Spin the Top Sight Word Partner Game
The sight words would be printed on an octagon shape and placed in a container so the top does not roll out.  Each partner takes a turn spinning the top.  It the tip lands on the focus sight word(s), the student must say it and mark this off on their game chart.  The first person to have their game chart completed would be the winner.

View on YouTube Sight Word Games and Activities

Game Chart

Sight Word Partner Board Game
The game board below would have the focus sight word or words printed on it.  Each player takes a turn rolling a die. Each time a player lands on the focus sight word(s) they would say the word and mark this off on their game chart.  The first person to have their game chart completed would be the winner.

Game Board

Roll the Sight Word(s) Partner Game
The cube in the link below would be copied on card stock, assembled and focus sight word(s) printed on it..  Each player would take a turn rolling the die; if they land on the focus sight word they would say it and mark it off on their game chart.

Sight Word Die

Draw the Sight Word(s)
Place multiple copies of the focus sight word cards in a deck upside down.  Each time they draw the sight word(s) from the pile they say the word and mark this off on their game chart.

Sight Word Cards - Pre-Primer

Sight Word Card - Primer

Make the Word
The students can make the word using alphabet stamps, magnetic letters or tiles.

+Elaine Engerdahl

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