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on March 21, 2012

The Dolch Word List is a list of frequently used words compiled by Edward William Dolch, PhD.

The list contains 220 “service words” that have to be easily recognized in order to achieve reading fluency in the English language. The compilation excludes nouns, which comprise a separate 95-word list.

Many of the 220 Dolch words can’t be “sounded out” using common sound-to-letter implicit phonics patterns and have to be learned by sight; hence the alternative term, “sight word.” Although the list is divided into grades, it is recommended that all the words in the Dolch should be mastered by the end of first grade.

To download a list of all 220 Dolch “service words” click here All Dolch Service Words List

To download a list of “nouns” click here Dolch List Nouns

To download a list of Dolch Words separated into grade level click here Dolch list of Non-nouns by Grade Level

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