Dolch High Frequency Cloze Activities

Dolch High Frequency Word Cloze Activities

Free Printable Cloze Worksheets for the Dolch Second Grade Words

A second grade Dolch Word cloze activity. Websterlearning

Dolch High-Frequency words represent 220 words that make up between 50 and 75 percent of all print in English. These words are foundational for reading, and explicit teaching is essential since many of them are irregular, and cannot be decoded with regular rules of English phonics.

Depending on your school districts policy (perhaps, like Clark County, that has its own lists) you will find that Dolch is generally considered the best set of high-frequency words.  There is also the Fleish-Kincaid list, which is aligned to an evaluation form for those sight words.

The primer words follow the "pre-primer" words and further build emerging readers ability to deal with text. When creating these worksheets, I was interested in creating worksheets that emerging readers could do without a lot of difficult to decode words. The sentences in these worksheets are almost 90 percent words from the pre-primer list. The subsequent worksheets (first through third grade) will use the previous levels words, assuming that children will master each list before they move on to the next.

More Instructional Strategies

These worksheets are designed to support instruction, not supplant it. They should be used to follow up instruction, and paired with other instructional strategies.

Some Suggestions:

  • Create sentences together with a pocket chart, Print out the free printable flash cards, create lots of extra cards, and have your students dictate.  It will provide your students with practice.
  • Read primer level books together.  Your reading series will have a decodable book you can print out, and have students highlight high-frequency words you have put on the word wall.  Reading A-Z offers a wide range of books to support instruction:  you can even search by sight words.  When you find the words you are working on, you can design small group instruction around the books.
  • Writing practice;  provide templates that offer opportunities to use the new words.  Perhaps you can create a writing page with the sight vocabulary you are working on, and place those words in a word bank, telling the students that they must use 3 of the 5 words, or . . . You can always generate writing by starting out with a model or a suggestion.   Often with emerging writers, your goal is to get the pencil on the paper.  Modeling, or writing together, is the first step.  Providing sentence models, perhaps on sentence strips, is the next step.  Finally, encouraging students to use the word wall and expand their writing from one sentence to three or four, will be the last steps. 

Since readers who have mastered pre-primer words have emerging writing skills, as well. These worksheets provide lines for students to write the chosen cloze word in the context of the sentence.

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Webster, Jerry. "Dolch High Frequency Cloze Activities." ThoughtCo, Aug. 26, 2020, Webster, Jerry. (2020, August 26). Dolch High Frequency Cloze Activities. Retrieved from Webster, Jerry. "Dolch High Frequency Cloze Activities." ThoughtCo. (accessed June 2, 2023).