Fry Sight Word List – Words 1-1000 (Downloadable PDFs)

| Last Updated: June 12, 2022

If you’ve landed here, you are likely looking for lists of the Fry sight words. Well, you’re in the right place. Below you’ll find all the Fry words broken into groups of 100 as well as PDF printables for your convenience. 

What Are Fry Sight Words, and How Many Fry Sight Words Are There?

Fry words are high-frequency words that account for up to 90% of words used in reading materials that target children. The words are compiled based upon the frequency they are used. The first 25 words, on their own, account for around 30% of words in children’s materials while the top 100 words account for half.

There are 1,000 Fry words broken into groups of 100. Since many of the words cannot be sounded out phonetically, memorizing these words is helpful in giving children a basis for reading and increasing their confidence. 


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Fry Words Lists

The Fry sight words are broken up into groups of 100 and are typically mastered at different age/grade levels.

Fry Words 1-100

These are the most common words on the list and are essential to helping children have the foundation to learn. Typically, this list is started in kindergarten and is expected to be mastered by the end of first grade. The target ages here are 5-7 years old. Below are the first 100 words in the Fry list:

aaboutallamanandareasatbe
beenbutbycalledcancomecoulddaydiddo
downeachfindfirstforfromgetgohadhas
haveheherhimhishowIifininto
isititslikelonglookmademakemanymay
moremynonotnownumberofononeor
otheroutpartpeoplesaidseeshesosomethan
thatthetheirthemthentherethesetheythistime
totwoupusewaswaterwaywewerewhat
whenwhichwithwillwithwordswouldwriteyouyour

A basic way to make students familiar with sight words is by flashcard drill. Check out ours for this set here.

Fry Words 101-200

Building upon the previous list, the second set of words is generally mastered during the first and second-grade years. Students in these grade levels are 7-8 years old. Reading these words should be automatic and easy, enabling students to focus on only unknown words in a text. These are the second set of Fry words:

afteragainairalsoAmericaanimalanotheransweranyaround
askawaybackbecausebeforebigboycamechangedifferent
doesendevenfollowformfoundgivegoodgreathand
helpherehomehousejustkindknowlandlargelearn
letterlinelittlelivemanmemeansmenmostmother
movemuchmustnameneednewoffoldonlyour
overpagepictureplaceplaypointputreadrightsame
saysentencesetshouldshowsmallsoundspellstillstudy
suchtaketellthingsthinkthreethroughtootryturn
usverywantwellwentwherewhyworkworldyears


Looking for additional practice when it comes to learning your Fry’s second 100 sight words? You can view it here.

Fry Words 201-300

Students in the late second grade through third grade are better at decoding words but memorizing this next set gives additional confidence in reading. The age range for these grades is typically 8-9. Although these words have likely appeared in texts already, increased recognition will help with reading fluency now and in the future. The third 100 Fry words are:

aboveaddalmostalongalwaysbeganbeginbeingbelowbetween
bookbothcarcarrychildrencityclosecountrycutdon’t
eartheatenougheveryexampleeyesfacefamilyfarfather
feetfewfoodfourgirlgotgroupgrowhardhead
hearhighideaimportantIndianit’skeeplastlateleave
leftletlifelightlistmightmilemissmountainsnear
nevernextnightoftenonceopenownpaperplantreal
riverrunsawschoolseasecondseemsidesomethingsometimes
songsoonstartstatestopstorytalkthosethoughttogether
tooktreeunderuntilwalkwatchwhilewhitewithoutyoung


Here’s another way to increase their familiarity with these words with our Fry’s Third 100 Sight Words Flashcards.

Fry Words 301-400

The fourth list of Fry words is typically learned in third and fourth grades and are often presented as “spelling words” or “vocabulary words”. Students in these grades are generally 9-10 years old. Here is the next list of Fry words:

acrossagainstareabecomebestbetterbirdsblackbodycertain
coldcolorcompletecoveredcrieddidn’tdogdoordrawduring
earlyeasyeverfallfarmfastfieldfigurefirefish
fivefriendsgroundhappenedheardhimselfholdhorsehourshowever
hundredI’llkingknewlistenlowmapmeasuremoneymorning
musicnorthnoticenumeralorderpassedpatternpieceplanproblem
productspulledquestionsreachedredrememberrockroomseenseveral
shipshortsincesingslowlysouthspacestandstepsun
suretabletodaytoldtoptowardtowntraveltrueunit
uponusuallyvoicevowelwarwaveswarwholewindwood

Help your students learn these sight words in no time through Fry’s Fourth 100 Sight Words Flashcards .

Fry Words 401-500

The remaining six lists of Fry words are typically presented in 4th-5th grade and have been encountered many times already. Children in these grades are 10-11 years old. Although they may not be “instant” words, children are becoming more familiar with these words in educational and recreational texts. Practice their familiarity more with the help of our Fry’s Fifth 100 Sight Words Flashcards too.

ableagoamongballbasebecamebehindboatboxbread
bringbroughtbuildingbuiltcannotcarefullycheckcircleclassclear
commoncontaincorrectcoursedarkdecideddeepdonedryEnglish
equationexplainfactfeelfilledfinallyfineflyforcefront
fullgamegavegovernmentgreenhalfheatheavyhotinches
includeinsideislandknownlanguagelessmachinematerialminutesnote
nothingnounobjectoceanohpairpersonplanepowerproduce
quicklyranrestroadroundrulescientistsshapeshownsix
sizespecialstarsstaystoodstreetstrongsurfacesystemten
thoughthousandsunderstandverbwaitwarmweekwheelsyesyet

Fry Words 501-600

Here is the next set students should focus on. Again, these students are in the 4th and 5th grade and are around 10-11 years old. As these words become automatic, you will see a jump in fluency and comprehension of texts. Not struggling to read each individual word means students can retain more of the context of what they read. Check out Fry’s Sixth 100 Sight Words Flashcards for an extra nudge on this set.

anythingarmsbeautifulbelievebeside
billbluebrothercan’tcause
cellscenterclothesdancedescribe
developeddifferencedirectiondiscovereddistance
divideddrivedropedgeeggs
energyEuropeexercisefarmersfelt
finishedflowersforestgeneralgone
grasshappyheartheldinstruments
interestjobkeptlaylegs
lengthlovemainmattermeet
membersmillionmindmonthsmoon
paintparagraphpastperhapspicked
presentprobablyracerainraised
readyreasonrecordregionrepresent
returnrootsatshallsign
simplesiteskysoftsquare
storesubjectsuddenlysumsummer
syllablesteachertestthirdtrain
wallweatherwestwhetherwide
wildwindowwinterwishwritten

Fry Words 601-700

As words get harder to both read and write, memorizing these lists can help students produce quality, grade-level work and read appropriate level texts with relative ease. Students are becoming increasingly proficient at reading by the end of fifth grade.

actAfricaagealreadyalthough
amountangleappearbabybear
beatbedbottombrightbroken
buildbuycarecasecat
centuryconsonantcopycouldn’tcount
crossdictionarydieddresseither
everyoneeverythingexactlyfactorsfight
fingersfloorfractionfreeFrench
goldhairhillholehope
iceinsteadironjumpedkilled
lakelaughedleadlet’slot
melodymetalmethodmiddlemilk
momentnationnaturaloutsideper
phrasepoorpossiblepoundspushed
quietquiteremainresultride
rolledsailscalesectionsleep
smiledsnowsoilsolvesomeone
sonspeakspeedspringstone
surprisetalltemperaturethemselvestiny
triptypevillagewithinwonder

We’ve also compiled this list through flashcards that you may check out here.

Fry Words 701-800

Finding engaging ways of practicing and mastering the words on these lists will help keep students interested and eager to read for years to come. Reading is a skill that never goes out of style or becomes obsolete and students who can read easily are more likely to enjoy it and become lifelong readers. These words will come up more often in the fourth and fifth grades. Another way to check their mastery of Fry’s eighth 100 sight words can be done with our flashcards.

aloneartbadbankbit
breakbrownburningbusinesscaptain
catchcaughtcentschildchoose
cleanclimbedcloudcoastcontinued
controlcoolcostdecimaldesert
designdirectdrawingearseast
elseengineEnglandequalexperiment
expressfeelingfellflowfoot
gardengasglassGodgrew
historyhumanhuntingincreaseinformation
itselfjoinedkeyladylaw
leastlostmaybemouthparty
payperiodplainspleasepractice
presidentreceivedreportringrise
rowsaveseedssentseparate
serveshoutedsingleskinstatement
stickstraightstrangestudentssuppose
symbolsteamtouchtroubleuncle
valleyvisitwearwhosewire
womanwroteyardyou’reyourself

Fry Words 801-900

Even memorizing easy-to-decode words can benefit students because they don’t have to pause when reading to think about it. Instantly recognizing a word is key to fluency and comprehension. Students can begin undertaking more challenging texts as they continue to master these words in 4th and 5th grade.

additionarmybellbelongblock
bloodblowboardbonebranches
cattlechiefcomparecompoundconsider
cookcornercropscrowdcurrent
doctordollarseightelectricelements
enjoyenteredexceptexcitingexpect
famousfitflatfruitfun
guesshathitindicateindustry
insectsinterestingJapaneselielifted
loudmajormallmeatmine
modern movementnecessaryobservepark
particularplanetspoempoleposition
processpropertyprovideratherrhythm
richsafesandsciencesell
sendsensesevensharpshoulder
sightsilentsoldiersspotspread
streamstringsuggestedsupplyswim
termsthickthinthustied
tone tradetubevaluewash
wasn’tweightwifewingswon’t

Want to develop their reading ability? Be sure to check out our Fry’s Ninth 100 Sight Words Flashcards set.

Fry Words 901-1000

At this point, though they’ve likely memorized more than 1,000 words, they should feel confident reading most grade-level text and using these most common words in their writing as well. Students who struggle with the words on these lists often dislike reading and find it tedious and boring. These words should all be familiar through practice and through reading a variety of texts by the end of 5th grade. Find Fry’s Tenth 100 Sight Words Flashcards set here.

actionactuallyadjectiveafraidagreed
aheadallowapplearrivedborn
boughtBritishcapitalchancechart
churchcolumncompanyconditionscorn
cottoncowscreatedeaddeal
deathdetailsdeterminedifficultdivision
doesn’teffectentireespeciallyevening
experiencefactoriesfairfearfig
forwardFrancefreshGreekgun
hoehugeisn’tledlevel
locatedmarchmatchmoleculesnorthern
noseofficeoppositeoxygenplural
preparedprettyprintedradiorepeated
roperosescoreseatsettled
shoesshopsimilarsirsister
smellsolutionsouthernsteelstretched
substancessuffixsugartoolstotal
tracktriangletruckunderlinevarious
viewWashingtonwe’llwesternwin
womenworkerswouldn’twrongyellow

Conclusion 

Reading is a life-long skill and having the necessary tools to do it well will increase the ease and love of reading in children of all ages. By using these word lists at the appropriate developmental levels will ensure students can read grade-level texts easily. Thanks for stopping by!

If you want the full Fry Sight Word List PDF, here it is. Enjoy!

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