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The Fry's Instant Word List is a list of 1,000 words which students need the most to develop a powerful sight vocabulary. The first 300 words make up 65% of all written material contained in newspaper articles, magazines, textbooks, children's stories, novels, and more.

Two lists that help educators and parents identify these words and give them the attention they deserve are the Dolch List of Basic Sight Words and Fry’s 300 Instant Sight Words. Both lists are available on the National Institute for Literacy website.

We gave a simple sight words definition providing that sight words are common words that a reader should recognize instantly, automatically, and on sight. Sight word lists are a group of sight words typically ranked by frequency of use or ordered alphabetically. And some sight word lists are geared towards a particular grade level. The two most common sight words lists that educators and schools use are Dolch List of Basic Sight Words (220 “service” words) and Fry’s Instant Sight Words (300 sight words).

The size of sight word lists varies depending on the word list chosen. There are many sight word lists available. The most common sight word lists are the Dolch Sight Word List and Fry Sight Word List. There are many variations of these word lists. These word lists are often broken down into smaller sets targeting a specific grade level, such as word lists for preschool through third grade.

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