What are high frequency words?

  • High-frequency words are the words that appear most often in printed materials.  Learning to recognize high-frequency words by sight is critical to developing fluency in reading.

    Ideas for Teaching High-Frequency Words

    • Have students create rebus sentences, using high-frequency words such as the, is, and in.
    • Write high-frequency words on cards. Have students form sentences using a pocket chart.
    • Have students keep lists of words they can read and write. When they have trouble with a word, they can refer to their notebooks.
    • Point out similarities between new words and those students can already decode.


    SCUCISD has a list of sight words that Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grade students should be able to read by the end of the year.