A Gift for You: Words for Writers

IMG_1657I’ve put together a great resource for teachers and parents. This “Words for Writers & Editor’s Checklist” is a list of the most commonly used words in English, and will help your students/child with spelling and writing. If it is a very common word, such as “who, what, when, where, and why,” then the word will be listed in this small packet.

This comes as a gift when you sign up for my free quarterly newsletter (see sidebar to right to sign up/ or click here to see homepage/sidebar). My quarterly newsletter, which is a one page e-mail, offers tips, stories, and information that will be especially helpful in working with your students and/or child.”Words for Writers” will be included as a PDF. 

IMG_1658This freebie will help you give some ownership back into your students’ hands. If you know it is a basic, common word, you can direct them to look it up.

We have a book binder at our school, so I bound mine, but a heavy duty stapler works as well.

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Free CVC Word List!

I have had so many downloads of my CVCe word list, that I thought I would create a FREE CVC word list (that is, words with consonant-vowel-consonant spelling pattern).

You can use this list in many ways. One way I use it is to make individualized spelling lists for my students (I usually add a couple high frequency sight words as well). Different students work at different paces, and sometimes a student might need more time on a particular concept such as simple short /a/ words.

This is a great resource to use to teach phonics as well–as all the CVC words listed follow the basic phonic rules for letter sounds. I list the words for a, e, i, o, and u.

Hope this helps!

Download list (5 pages): CVC Word List

CVC Short a word List I-1


Free CVCe Word List!

Here is a FREE CVCe word list download!

I have had requests for a consonant-vowel-consonant-silent e word list.

Remember to teach the rule: the e at the end of the word is silent and makes the previous vowel a long vowel sound. Some teachers call it the “magic e” because it makes the previous vowel say its name (see my other posts on CVCe words for teaching tips).

I hope this helps!

Click here to download:  CVCe Word List

High Frequency Sight Words

Knowing high frequency sight words can greatly improve reading fluency.

High frequency sight words are the words that are most commonly used in English. It is not surprising that words like: a, an, the, of, said, etc. would be at the top of the list of high frequency words.

It helps to teach these words alongside phonics because of the sheer amount of times a child/student will encounter them when reading a passage. Phonics should be used for less familiar words. Knowing irregular words by sight is even more beneficial as they are difficult to sound out using the traditional phonics patterns.

Here is a list of the 100 most common words used in English (Fry’s List):

the, of, and, a, to, in, is, you, that, it, he, was, for, on, are, as, with, his, they, I, at, be, this, have, from, or, one, had, by, words, but, not, what, all, were, we, when, your, can, said, there, use, an, each, which, she, do, how, their, if, will, up, other, about, out, many, then, them, these, so, some, her, would, make, like, him, into, time, has, look, two, more, write, go, see, number, no, way, could, people, my, than, first, water, been, called, who, oil, sit, now, find, long, down, day, did, get, come, made, may, part

(Click on my Reading Navbar for the first 300 words plus the Dolch’s word list.)