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Teaching the Dolch Sight Word List...the Easy Way!

By All About Reading Last updated 2024/05/24
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What if you only had to teach 20 sight words from the Dolch list? Guess what? You can–because the other 200 words are completely decodable.

Curriculum Connection

B2. Language Foundations for Reading and Writing
This video supports the teaching and learning of words with irregularities. Many high frequency words are taught as whole units, while most are fully or partially decodable.
Grade(s): 1 2
Topic(s): Words with irregularities
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11 Comments

  1. When Dolch words or “heart words” as referred to in some of the phonics programs are given a phonetic structure, then it becomes much more achievable for students because they learn to rely on their orthographic mapping, instead of just ‘memory’. In addition, when this is practiced at home too, parents can help their child make those connections.

  2. Yes! I’ve been trying to emphasize this for years. So few words are irregular and the ones that are can be understood and broken apart through morphology and looking at the etymology of the word. Thank you! 🥳

  3. Yes! I’ve been trying to emphasize this for years. So few words are irregular and the ones that are can be understood and broken apart through morphology and looking at the etymology of the word. Thank you!

  4. Very helpful to visualize the way common words DO fit into phonics rules, and become decodable when we teach explicitly, following a scope & sequence.

  5. This is a great representation of the differences between truly irregular words and ‘temporary’ irregular words. It demonstrates how learning the code unpacks so many words for students to add into their orthographic memory. 🙂

  6. Great resource that you found here to illustrate the Dolch word list and the decodability of the words. I wonder if they are still the same ‘most used’ words shred/read/tested in Ontario schools today?

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