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DOLCH BASIC WORDS LIST

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aasagainaboutany The Dolch words are the 220 most frequently found words in books that children read.  These words are usually learned in first and second grade; students who learn these words have a good base for beginning reading.  Many of these words cannot be sounded out because they do not follow decoding rules, so they must be learned as sight words.
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One way of estimating a primary studentís reading level is by having the student identify the 220 Dolch Basic Sight Words. The number of words recognized is the basis for assigning his/her equivalent reading level.

The scale is as follows:

# OF DOLCH WORDS RECOGNIZED
 
ESTIMATED READING LEVEL
0 - 75
 
Pre-primer
76 - 120
 
Primer
121 - 170
 
1st Year
171 - 210
 
2nd Year
Above 210
 
3rd Year +
allawayateafterbetter
ambeoveralwaysboth
anblackbutaroundbring
andbrowncoldaskcarry
arebycutbecauseclean
atcamefastbeencould
bigdidfirstbeforedone
blueeatfivebestdonít
callfallflybuydraw
canfindfourdoesdrink
comeforgivefareight
dogetgoesfoundevery
downgoingfromfullhurt
funnyhavegotgaveknow
gohergreengrowlight
goodhimhadholdmyself
hehishashownever
helpifhotjustown
hereintoitskeeppick
Ilaughlongkindright
inletmademuchseven
islivemanymustshall
itmaynewnowshow
jumpmynotofftheir
likenoofoncethem
littleoldopenonlythen
lookonpleaseroundthere
makeoneorsleepthese
meputoursmallthink
outsawpulltakethose
playsaidreadtelltogether
prettyshestartthankuse
ransitsaythatvery
redsomesingtheywant
ridestopsixthiswarm
runthreesoontoowash
seetodaytentrywent
sotwouponunderwhat
thewasuswalkwhen
towillwhowellwhere
upworkwhywerewhich
weyeswishwhitewould
youyellowyourwithwrite

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