Dolch Word List, Puzzles, Flash Cards, and Worksheets
The Dolch word lists are such an effective way to teach children to read English that
they’ve been in wide use ever since they were first complied by Dr. Edward William
Dolch in 1936. Dolch examined all the most popular children’s books of that time and
organized his findings into two lists: nouns and service words.
The 95 words in the nouns list are the most commonly used nouns in the English
language. It is recommended that all children learning to read in the English language
should have them mastered by the end of first grade.
The service words in the Dolch word list contains 220 common words that children learn
to use with nouns to form complete sentences. Many of them are ‘sight words,’ or
words that must be learned by sight instead of by using phonics to work through the
sound of the individual letters.
1. Dolch Word list
The Dolch word lists are divided by grade levels – pre-primer through third grade – but
most children easily learn the entire list during first grade.
All the Dolch word list, puzzles, flash cards, and worksheets below are free for copying
and distributing in the classroom or a homeschool environment. Simply click on the
printable PDF button, print them out, and have lots of fun learning to read – for free!
|Dolch Word Lists
|Dolch list of 220 words and 95 nouns
|Dolch list of 220 words, alphabetically, by grade
|Dolch list of 220 words, by frequency, by grade
|Dolch list of 220 words, by frequency, combined
2. Dolch word list – word search puzzles
Make a game out of learning to read by using the Dolch word list in word search
puzzles. Children love puzzles and these 40 word search puzzles are sure to make
learning fun. Feel free to print and distribute these 40 word search worksheets and
answer keys and enjoy them often. They’re great fun for the kids and they’re free!
Click below for Fourty Free Word Search Worksheets
3. Dolch word list – flash cards
A child’s mind works fast, which makes these Dolch word list flash cards such a
success. Start using them at a pace comfortable for the student and move them faster
and faster. Soon they’ll be reading in a flash!
Just as the word lists and the puzzles, the Dolch word list flash cards are absolutely free
to print and use as desired.
|Dolch Word List Flash Cards
|Dolch Pre-Primer Flash Cards
|Dolch Primer Flash Cards
|Dolch First Grade Flash Cards
|Dolch Second Grade Flash Cards
|Dolch Third Grade Flash Cards
|Dolch Noun Flash Cards
4. Dolch word list – cloze passage worksheets
Cloze passages start with a list of words and a series of sentences with some words left
blank. The student must use the words on the list to complete the sentences. Each of
these printable cloze passage worksheets is geared to a particular grade level, with
three worksheets per grade level. Print and use them for free and enjoy them often.
5. Dolch word list – word shape worksheets
Letters come in three sizes: some are tall, some are long enough to hang below the
line, and others fit right in the middle. These Dolch word list word shape worksheets are
a great way to teach a student how to identify words by the shape of letters. Each
printable worksheet is free for your use and distribution.