Sight Word Activities

Sight words are a very important part of the learning to read process. As soon as your child starts school (or earlier), they are presented with words that they need to learn to recognize. As a parent, you need ways that you can help your child learn. Sight word activities that you can do at home are a great resource.

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What Are Sight Words?

When you see the term “sight words” in an activity, it could mean a few different things.

  • Traditionally, sight words are words that do not follow the traditional rules of phonics and spelling. Children are taught to memorize them by sight. 
  • High frequency words are words that children encounter very often in their reading. These words may or may not follow the traditional rules of phonics and spelling.
  • Sometimes vocabulary words associated with a topic, such as spring or the farm, are labeled as sight words and treated as such. 

Why Are Sight Word Activities Important?

Mastering sight words is not the only component of learning to read, but it is very important. 

Phonics Doesn’t Help With Some Words

While learning phonics helps children to sound out words, not all words can be “sounded out” very easily, if at all. Some examples would be words such as you, two, and one. In order to read those words, children need to recognize them.

High-Frequency Words Are Everywhere

Only 300 words in the massive English language make up about 65% of all written material. If children learn to recognize those words on sight, reading will be so much easier for them.


Sight Word Activities

These printables and activities focus on the traditional Dolch and Fry word lists.

Sight Word Flash Cards

Dolch Sight Word Flash Cards Free Printable – Simple flash cards for all 220 Dolch sight words, color coded to help keep you organized.

Dolch Nouns Flash Cards Free Printable – Simple flash cards for all 95 Dolch nouns.

Fry First 100 Sight Words Flash Cards Free Printable – Simple flash cards for the first 100 Fry words.

Fry Second 100 Sight Word Flash Cards Free Printable – Simple flash cards for the second 100 Fry words.

Fry Third 100 Sight Word Flash Cards Free Printable – Simple flash cards for the third 100 Fry words.

Printable Sight Word Activity Sheets

Pre-Primer Dolch Sight Word Activity Sheets – Four easy activities for each of the 40 pre-primer Dolch words.

Primer Dolch Sight Word Activity Sheets – Four easy activities for each of the 52 primer Dolch words.

First Grade Dolch Sight Word Activity Sheets – Three easy activities for each of the 41 first grade Dolch words.

Second Grade Dolch Sight Word Activity Sheets – Three easy activities for each of the 46 second grade Dolch words.

Third Grade Dolch Sight Word Activity Sheets – Three easy activities for each of the 41 third grade Dolch words.

Nouns Dolch Sight Word Activity Sheets – Three easy activities for each of the 95 Dolch nouns.

Cookie Sheet Sight Word Activities

Easy Cookie Sheet Pre-Primer Sight Word Activity – An easy activity using magnetic letters, a cookie sheet, and the pre-primer words.

Easy Cookie Sheet Primer Sight Word Activity – An easy activity using magnetic letters, a cookie sheet, and the primer sight words.

Easy Cookie Sheet First Grade Sight Word Activity – An easy activity using magnetic letters, a cookie sheet, and the first grade sight words.

Easy Cookie Sheet Second Grade Sight Word Activity – An easy activity using magnetic letters, a cookie sheet, and the second grade sight words.

Easy Cookie Sheet Third Grade Sight Word Activity – An easy activity using magnetic letters, a cookie sheet and the third grade words.

Word Searches

Pre-Primer Sight Word Word Searches – Four easy word searches for the Dolch pre-primer words.

Primer Sight Word Word Searches – Four easy word searches for the Dolch primer words.

First Grade Sight Word Word Searches – Four easy word searches for the Dolch first grade words.

Second Grade Sight Word Word Searches – Four easy word searches for the Dolch second grade words.

Third Grade Sight Word Word Searches – Four easy word searches for the Dolch third grade words.


Resources to Help Parents and Children

If you are looking for more fun ways to help your child learn sight words, here are a few ideas.