Edward Fry developed a list he called “Instant Words,” or the words that readers need to be able to read and comprehend instantly because they are so commonly used. He revised this list over the years, and the current list is divided into 100s. We have prepared materials for practicing the first two lists of 100 words.
In 1936, E. W. Dolch identified the 220 most common words encountered in the text children read. This high-frequency word list includes many easily decodable words (e.g., it, get) and some words with irregular parts (e.g., was, said). Learning to sound out these words makes committing them to memory much more successful.