Dolch Sight Word Assessment

A Progressive Teaching Style

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.
Assessment and Scoring:
One way of estimating a primary student’s 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.
# of Dolch Words Recognized
Estimated Reading Level
0 - 75
76 - 120
121 - 170
1st Year
171 - 210
2nd Year
Above 210
3rd Year +


a as again about any
all away ate after better
am be over always both
an black but around bring
and brown cold ask carry
are by cut because clean
at came fast been could
big did first before done
blue eat five best don’t
call fall fly buy draw
can find four does drink
come for give far eight
do get goes found every
down going from full hurt
funny have got gave know
go her green grow light
good him had hold myself
he his has how never
help if hot just own
here into its keep pick
I laugh long kind right
in let made much seven
is live many must shall
it may new now show
jump my not off their
like no of once them
little old open only then
look on please round there
make one or sleep these
me put our small think
out saw pull take those
play said read tell together
pretty she start thank use
ran sit say that very
red some sing they want
ride stop six this warm
run three soon too wash
see today ten try went
so two upon under what
the was us walk when
to will who well where
up work why were which
we yes wish white would
you yellow your with write



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