What Are Sight Words?
Sight words are the most commonly used words in the English language, ranked in order of frequency. The first 25 words make up about one-third of all printed material in English! The first 100 words make up about one-half of all written material, and the first 300 words make up about sixty-five percent of all written material in English. The best way to learn high frequency words is directly through reading, so please encourage your child to read, read, read!
Playing games with sight words is a good way to offer your child more exposure to these words. Some children remember a word after only a few exposures to it, while others might need dozens of exposures. There are children who need to see a word hundreds of times in order to remember it. All learners are different--no one is the same!
Learning sight words should be fun, not tedious work. Engage your child by turning sight word practice into a game. Some kids love seeing how many words they can accurately read in a minute--for those children, use a timer to create an extra challenge. For others, playing a game with their words is more fun. Exposure to high frequency words doesn't have to mean boring drill work--be creative!
Need a list? Print the following out from home!
First Grade Sight Words - Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Treasures
Students should be able to rapidly read the words without sounding.
We usually focus on SS words the first week of school as students should have learned these words in Kinder. Unit 1 w 1 is usually taught & tested the second full week of school, Unit 1 w 2 the next week, etc. It is critical that students know the previous & current sight words by Thursday of each week.
Unit 1 SS can, I, like, we, see, the, go, to, a, have short a
SS play, you, he, is, and, she, are, said, do, this short I, o
SS for, what, here, little, my, was, has, look, where, with, me short e, u
Unit 1w1 jump, not, up short a
W2 it, over, too short a
W3 Be, ride, run short i
W4 Come, down, good, pull l blends
W5 Help, now, use, very final blends
Unit 2 w1 Her, our, they, two short o
W2 Eat, no, of, some, who short e
W3 Live, many, out, place s & r blends
W4 Again, could, make, one, then, three short u
W5 All, put, show, together, under, want th, sh, -ng
Unit 3 w1 Away, school, today, way, why long a
W2 Call, funny, how, more, so, there long i
W3 Every, from, into, people, soon, your ch, tch, wh, ph
W4 After, done, find, new, old, work long o, u & e
W5 Any, boy, by, does, friends, girl, water 3 letter blends
Unit 4 w1 across, carry, eight, once, saw, upon, walked ai, ay
W2 About, give, pretty, says, were, write e, ee, ea, ie
W3 Better, buy, change, move o, oa, ow, oe
W4 Ball, head, never, should, shout I, y, igh, ie
W5 Also, because, blue, or, other, until y, ey (lg e)
Unit 5 w1 another, climbed, full, poor, through er, ir, ur
W2 Grew, house, knew, would ar
W3 Great, know, sound, their, warm or
W4 Against, below, fall, orange, sure, yellow ou, ow
W5 Air, enough, eye, learn, open oi, oy
Unit 6 w1 always, father, four, love, mother digraph u
W2 Along, early, instead, nothing, thought digraph o
W3 Build, goes, laugh, only prefix re, un
W4 Been, before, gone, searching op/cl syllables
W5 Around, begin, brought, certain, minutes, straight final syllable