High-frequency words are the words that appear the most frequently in printed material. Did you know that the words, I, and, the make up ten percent of all words in printed English! The 25 most common words make up about one-third of our written material and the 100 most common words actually make up about 50 percent of the material we read. You can see why the words the children are learning right now are so very important!!
The high-frequency words at the bottom of this post are the words that will be on our word wall this nine weeks. Our students will be responsible for recognizing and spelling these words correctly in their writing. The first list includes the review words from Kindergarten and the second list includes the first nine weeks words for first grade. We have already tested each student to see which words they know. We know that for some students the second list is all new words but for other students, they already know every word! For students that are already using these words, we will begin an individual word wall so that they can continue to learn new words.
Make sure to have your child read this list to see which words they need to work on this nine weeks. Put the words that they are struggling with on index cards and have them review the words each night when they read. If they can recognize the words, make sure that they can also spell each word. Knowing these words rapidly will help to make our children fluent, smooth readers!