A Smart List of Beginning Sight Words

Organized by Holly Haggerty, Cloud Nine Learning

Dolch Words Organized Phonetically


Short A Words: an, can, ran, am, at, had, and, a*

Short I Words: if, it, sit, big, did, in, him, six, its, will, I*

Words where S sounds like Z: as, has, is, his, was*

Short U Words: but, cut, run, up, us

Short E Words: get, let, red, ten, yes, tell, well, seven

Short O Words: got, hot, not, on, upon

Words with Beginning Consonant Blends: stop, bring, from*

Words with Ending Consonant Blends: sing, long, best, fast, just, must, ask, drink, help, went, jump

TH Words (voiceless): thank, think, with

TH Words (voiced sound): this, that, them, then, the*

WH Words: what, when, which, why, where*

CH Word: much

SH Word: wish

CK Words: black, pick

Silent E Words (long vowel sounds): ate, came, gave, made, make, take, five, like, ride, white, these, those, use, here, write, live

Words with Third Sound of O: to*, do*, into*, who*, two*
(These words include an asterisk to indicate that they should be memorized right from the start because this is the complete list of words where the single letter O makes the /oo/ sound.)

Words with OLD Pattern: old, cold, hold

Words with IND Pattern: find, kind

Words with Long E Sound: be, he, me, she, we

Words with Long O Sound: go, no, so, open

Words with Long Sound of Y: by, fly, my, try, myself

Words with the Third Sound of Y: funny, pretty*, many*, any*

Words of ALL Pattern: all, call, fall, small

Words with the Third Sound of U: full, pull, put

Words with the Third Sound of A: walk, wash, want

Words with Sound made by ER, IR, UR, WOR: after, better, every, her, never, over, together, under, first, hurt, work

Other Words made by R Controlled Vowels: for, or, warm, start

Words with AY: always, may, play, say, today, away

Words with EE: green, keep, see, sleep, three

Words with EA: clean, eat, please, read

Word with UE: blue

Word with OE: goes

Words with OU: our, out, about, around, found, round

Sight Words with OU: could*, would*, you*, your*, four*

AW and AU Words: draw, saw, because

OW Words with Long O Sound: grow, own, show, yellow

OW Words with Second Sound: brown, down, how, now

OO Words with Long U sound: soon, too

OO Words with Second Sound: good, look

EW word: new

Words with Special Vowel Sounds: eight, light, right

Word with LE: little

KN word: know

Contraction: don”t

Rule Breaking Words (True Sight Words): are*, were*, done*, one*, some*, come*, have*, love*, give*, giving*, live*, there*, both*, said*, buy*, carry*, very*, of*, off*, shall*, they*, again*, does*, laugh*, their*, once*, been*