Sight words are words that appear frequently in most of the text kids read, but can't easily be sounded out. Learning to recognize sight words through—you guessed it—sight is the easiest and quickest way for early readers to progress and become confident.

This list of common sight words covers not only words that first graders should recognize on sight by the end of the year, it also includes words that they should be able to read, write and spell. So get crackin'!

Sight words for students to be able to read by the end of first grade:

  • about
  • after
  • again
  • also
  • another
  • any
  • ask
  • back
  • because
  • been
  • before
  • by
  • could
  • day
  • each
  • every
  • find
  • first
  • from
  • funny
  • give
  • going
  • great
  • had
  • hers
  • high
  • house
  • how
  • if
  • jump
  • just
  • keep
  • kind
  • know
  • learn
  • live
  • long
  • many
  • may
  • more
  • much
  • nice
  • now
  • old
  • only
  • or
  • other
  • over
  • people
  • put
  • rain
  • right
  • should
  • some
  • than
  • thank
  • their
  • them
  • then
  • these
  • thing
  • think
  • use
  • very
  • walk
  • want
  • way
  • went
  • were
  • when
  • where
  • which
  • word
  • work
  • would
  • write
  • your
  • yours

Words for first graders to be able to read, write, and spell by the end of first grade:

  • a
  • all
  • am
  • an
  • and
  • any
  • are
  • as
  • ask
  • at
  • ate
  • away
  • be
  • because
  • been
  • before
  • big
  • black
  • blue
  • boy
  • brown
  • but
  • by
  • came
  • can
  • come
  • day
  • did
  • do
  • down
  • eat
  • eight
  • find
  • five
  • for
  • four
  • from
  • get
  • girl
  • go
  • going
  • good
  • great
  • green
  • had
  • has
  • have
  • he
  • her
  • here
  • hers
  • him
  • his
  • how
  • if
  • in
  • into
  • is
  • it
  • jump
  • like
  • little
  • look
  • make
  • many
  • me
  • more
  • much
  • must
  • my
  • new
  • nice
  • nine
  • no
  • not
  • now
  • of
  • on
  • one
  • only
  • or
  • orange
  • other
  • our
  • out
  • over
  • people
  • play
  • please
  • pretty
  • purple
  • put
  • ran
  • red
  • run
  • said
  • saw
  • say
  • see
  • seven
  • she
  • six
  • small
  • so
  • some
  • soon
  • ten
  • than
  • thank
  • that
  • the
  • them
  • then
  • there
  • these
  • they
  • thing
  • this
  • three
  • to
  • too
  • two
  • up
  • very
  • walk
  • want
  • was
  • we
  • were
  • what
  • when
  • where
  • which
  • white
  • who
  • why
  • with
  • went
  • work
  • yellow
  • yes
  • you
  • you