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The Dolch-Sight Word List is a list compiled by E.W. Dolch in 1936. The list contains 220 commonly used words that should be recognized by "sight" for fast or "fluent" reading. The compilation excludes nouns, which comprise a separate 95-word list.

Many of the 220 Dolch words do not follow the basic phonics principles, so they cannot be "sounded out." They should be learned by sight. Dolch words are now often referred to simply as "sight words."

Although the list is traditionally divided into grades, most school systems say that the Dolch words should be mastered by the end of 1st Grade.

It has been rumored that Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) was challenged to write and illustrate a children's primer using only the 220 Dolch words. The result was 'The Cat in the Hat'.

You can import any of the Dolch-Sight Word Lists below and use them to play Dolch word games, create Dolch-sight words flash cards, or generate Dolch worksheets for your students. Even if you are not a Premium Member, you can still create Dolch flash cards using our word lists! You can even customize the definitions and sentences for your students! Some great Dolch-sight words Kindergarten games include TeachMe, Unscramble, and Missing Letter. The latter two games may be used to generate Dolch-sight words worksheets.

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