Free Common Core Kindergarten Sight Words List

Although there is not a universal list of common core kindergarten sight words used in every school, learning high frequency words is a part of the ELA standards.

Sight words are just what they sound like. They are words that children are asked to learn and remember by sight, because they are the most common words found in reading and literature.

The faster they can read and remember common core sight words, the more fluent they become. Some of these sight words are not phonetic and difficult for early readers to “sound out”. Learning them by sight helps them avoid having to take the time to figure out what word they are looking at.

Sight words, in general,  are a part of common core standards. Therefore, each grade level has a certain portion of sight words that they focus on during the school year.

There are two primary sight word lists. Dolch sight words and Fry sight words.

The two lists below are the kindergarten portion of the Dolch sight words List and the first 100 words included in the Fry sight words list.

Kindergarten Dolch Sight Word List

Dolch sight words are high frequency words that students in kindergarten, first, and second grade often come across in a reading passage. Young children may also refer to them as flash words, basic sight words, snap words, or popcorn words.

If your curriculum is following the Dolch word lists, the following words are what they will learn by the end of the year.

  • all, am, are, at, ate
  • be, black, brown, but
  • came
  • did, do, eat,
  • four
  • get, good
  • have, he
  • into
  • like
  • must
  • new, no, now
  • on, our, out
  • please, pretty
  • ran, ride
  • saw, say, she, so, soon
  • that, there, they, this, too
  • under
  • want, was, well, went, what, white, who, will, with
  • yes

Get your FREE sight word lists, HERE

Please keep in mind, Dolch words are not the only high-frequency sight words covered in state curriculum standards. On the Common Core website, you will find a specific list is not printed in the common core state standards. Instead of a list of sight words, the standard may be worded as such: “Read Common High-Frequency Words by Sight”.

Typically, each district is responsible for mapping out the kindergarten sight word list of their choice, whether it’s Dolch or Fry.

First 100 Fry Sight Words

Fry words are listed by how frequently they appear in literature and the English language. So, the first 100 words included in the Fry list are the 100 most common words. They are broken down into groups of 25 below.

  • the, of, and, a, to, in, is, you, that, it, he, was, for, on, are, as, with, his, they, I, at, be, this, have
  • from, or, one, had, by, words, but, not, what, all, were, we, when, your, can, said, there, use, an, each, which, she, do, how, their
  • if, will, up, other, about, out, many, then, them, these, so, some, her, would, make, like, him, into, time, has, look, two, more, write, go
  • see, number, no, way, could, people, my, than, first, water, been, called, who, oil, sit, now, find, long, down, day, did, get, come, made, may, part

Get your free kindergarten sight word lists, HERE

How to Practice High Frequency Words

Practice and consistent use of these sight words will help your kids build a solid foundation of the English language arts standards. Flash cards are an easy way to implement repetition, but  many parents and teachers are looking for other options as well.


  • Sight Word Superstars The kids practice sight words 6 different ways!
  • Word of the Day: Classroom teachers can implement a word of the day each day of school. Teachers can tape it next to the classroom door. Students are then required to say these new words each time they come in the classroom door. You can keep previous words of the day hung up in a certain area of the classroom. You can also have the kids use the word of the day in a simple sentence.
  • Shaving Cream Sight Words: Write the high frequency words in a dab of shaving cream on the table. Shaving cream writing is excellent for sensory based interventions.  
  • Sight Word Searches:  You can use these as a daily review.  They are also great practice for concepts of print.
  • Magazine Hunt: Let the kids search through kid magazines and circle the sight words.  This works best if you give them 3 sight word cards to focus on and refer to while searching the magazine.
  • Dolch Kindergarten Sight Word Cards: Read and spell with magnetic letters
  • Fry Sight Word Cards: Read and spell with magnetic letters
  • Reading Materials: Pick reading materials that heavily reflect words you are currently focusing on. Have students read the sentences that include those words. Reading them together is helpful, but having them read aloud is more beneficial to retaining the high frequency words.


Helpful Books for Sight Words

Picking reading material that is relevant to curriculum is an ideal way for students to make connections and remember certain pieces of information. Have sight words be a regular part of what you read as a class and what the class reads individually.

By the end of kindergarten, your students need to have nailed down a certain amount of these words to move into first grade level reading reading material.

  • Bob Books are made for sight word practice. The pictures and and text is perfectly simple and ideal for really focusing in on a few specific words.
  • The Cat in the Hat is a perfect read when you are wanting a student to review common high-frequency words.
  • I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words is extremely simple, but extremely repetitive — perfect for nailing down those Fry or Dolch sight words.
  • I Like to Read (Level A) books are perfect for kindergarten sight words practice.

First grade teachers will know right away which children have practiced sight words and those who do not. Get them reading! Children’s books made for early readers often use simple text that contains a significant number of these kindergarten high frequency words.

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