Dolch Sight Words for Fourth Grade

Instructor: Leah Salyer
While there's no official Dolch sight word list for 4th grade, sight words can still be used at this grade level, whether for review or to introduce new vocabulary. Read on to learn more about how and why these sight words are integrated into in a 4th grade classroom environment and discover some activities that can be used.

Fourth Grade Sight Words

By the time students have reached 4th grade, they likely will have learned the core Dolch sight words, since these are introduced in K-3rd grade. Therefore, in 4th grade the emphasis is traditionally placed on remedial teaching and spelling of the 220 words contained in these sight words lists. Teacher-generated lists can also be used to teach students new vocabulary.

Check out these lessons on Grade Level Appropriate Sight Words and Dolch Sight Words to review the use of sight words and get tips on introducing new words to your class.

New Vocabulary

Fourth grade sight word lists typically include more compound words, adjectives and proper nouns as well as homonyms and contractions. Words commonly found in 4th grade readers can also be used. Below are some examples of words that may be seen on a teacher-made sight word list for 4th grade:

could because family walk across
until children without carry house
breakfast sweet teach outside trade
suppose plain address cross knock

Remediation and Spelling

Because students learn and develop at their own rates, some might not have mastered the K-3rd grade Dolch sight word lists by the time they reach 4th grade. It's important for teachers and parents to work with these students to help them recognize these sight words in context. This will be especially important for ELL students and students with learning disabilities.

Spelling also becomes a large focus of sight words in the 4th grade. While many students will have integrated the Dolch sight words into their daily vocabularies, they might still have trouble spelling them and using them in their writing. This is why most spelling lists in the 4th grade come directly from the Dolch sight words lists.

To get tips on measuring your students' understanding of these words, check out this lesson on Promoting and Assessing Sight Word Authenticity.


The following activities can be used to help your students master sight words:

  • Word Walls: Teachers can organize their word walls any way they choose in order to make them attractive and eye catching to students. Word walls should include all previously introduced sight words; they can include new vocabulary words as well.
  • Guided Reading: Guided reading activities are an excellent opportunity to reinforce Dolch sight words and introduce new vocabulary. Teachers and students can point them out as they show up in a text and discuss their spelling and meaning. To further enhance guided reading activities, review this lesson on Word Recognition, which offers some information about spelling and vocabulary instruction.
  • Word Searches: Word searches can appeal to students who need remedial help with sight words as well as students who need extra spelling practice.
  • Flash Cards: Students can work together in groups or teams with flash cards in order to continue their sight word education. Remedial students should focus on recognizing the words, while other students can focus on spelling them and using them in a sentence.

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