The Complete Dolch Word List July 30 2008

Developed in 1948 by Edward William Dolch, Ph.D, the Dolch high frequency word list has held up amazingly well in teaching beginning reading.

While you can find the Dolch words in various books, learning activity tutorials, early literacy lesson plans, flash cards, word puzzles and other forms, we have published the complete list below for your convenience.


and, big, can, for, in, is, it, me, one

a, I, my, not, red, run, see, the, to, up, we

blue, come, down, find, go, look, play, said, two, you

away, funny, help, here, jump, little, make, three, where, yellow


all, am, are, ate, be, do, he, on, saw, say, so, she

but, did, eat, into, new, no, our, too, was, will, with, yes

at, came, now, out, ride, ran, soon, this, want, who

get, must, there, they, under, well, went, what, white

black, brown, four, good, have, like, please, pretty, that

First Grade

after, again, as, by, fly, of, over, round, some, take

give, had, has, how, may, stop, thank, them, then, think

any, ask, giving, him, just, let, live, open, walk, were

an, could, every, from, her, his, know, old, once, put, when

Second Grade

always, around, because, been, does, fast, first, five, sing, sit, sleep

before, best, don't, found, gave, goes, green, pull, read, right, tell, their

both, buy, its, made, many, off, or, these, those, upon, very, would

call, cold, us, use, wash, which, why, wish, work, write, your

Third Grade

about, better, bring, carry, clean, cut, done, draw, drink, eight, fall, far, full, got, grow

hold, hot, hurt, if, keep, kind, laugh, light, long, much, myself, never

only, own, pick, seven, shall, show, six, small, start, ten, today, together, try, warm