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Dolch Sight Words for Kindergarten

Instructor: Leah Salyer
Dolch sight words are specific sight word lists that are popular and frequently used in many Kindergarten classrooms. Read on to learn more about the Dolch sight word lists and how they can be implemented in the classroom environment.

What are Dolch Sight Words?

Dolch sight words are a specific list of sight words typically used in Kindergarten through third grade classrooms. Unlike some other sight word lists, Dolch sight words are not words that can be reinforced with pictures. In order for students to learn them, they will need to be committed to memory. Some of the words listed on the Kindergarten Dolch sight word list include he, was, that, she, with, have, do, are, will and yes.

How to Use Dolch Sight Words

As some of the most common words in the English language, Dolch sight word lists provide teachers with many possibilities both in the classroom and at home to encourage early literacy. Some examples of classroom activities for Kindergarteners include:

  • Word Searches: Word recognition can be reinforced with word searches.
  • Word Walls: As students are learning the words, they can be added to a word wall in the classroom. Using a word wall to display these sight words also provides the teacher many opportunities to create alternate activities from the word wall itself.
  • Flash Cards: Students can work on their memorization of the sight word lists by taking flash cards home to work on with their parents. Words can be added a little at a time as students become more comfortable.
  • Memory Games: Using two sets of flash cards, students can place the cards word-side down and flip over one card at a time until its match is found.
  • Sentence Strips: Students can learn how these sight words work in sentences by taking part in sentence-creating activities. Teachers can present Dolch sight words to use in sentences, or help students build their own.

Other Resources

Study.com offers additional resources that can help educators and parents with effective strategies, tips and advice for teaching literacy. Courses and lessons touch on sight words, basic word recognition, retention, and phonics:

Teaching Children to Read

Phonics and Sight Word Strategies

Word Recognition

Grade Level Appropriate Sight Words

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