2855 Colonial Blvd • Fort Myers, FL 33966
Phone: 239.334.1102 • TTD/TTY: 239.335.1512
Our Mission: To ensure that each student achieves his/her highest personal potential
Our Vision: To be a world-class school system
Fry's 500 Most Frequent Words
1st Grade Dolch Words
Student Practice Guidelines
The purpose of this activity is to provide the
student with error-free practice which will
systematically increase the speed with which they
read commonly seen words.
The program is set up with voice assistance for
each new word. This allows children using the
program to work independently.
Voice assistance is provided only at Step 1 for
the 10 words in each group. Students practice the
new words in that group until they can read each
of the 10 words accurately.
Students then practice reading the words with
increasing speed. Typically, students start
reading the words independently at a rate of one
word every four seconds. By the Final Check,
students will be reading one word every
three/fourth (3/4) of a second (75 words per
While word groups are typically set up to be
presented in a range from one word in four seconds
to one word every ¾ of a second, each student
should only be asked to complete the words at a
rate appropriate to their grade level.
Appropriate grade expectations are as follows:
Recognition Program. In addition, students may
of each of the word groups to assist them in
Students can use
all word groups but should not be expected to
exceed one word
per second in any group.
Second – Fifth Grade
Student may progress through all word groups at all
Students should practice on one set of words
until they are proficient with that set of words,
and then move to the next set of words. Research
reported by Beers, Stanovich and others indicate
that some students may need relatively few
practice repetitions (8-12), while others will
need to see the word 40 to 70 times.
Please contact your child’s teacher if you have
any questions regarding your child’s use of this
reading practice activity.
Thank you for working with your child to ensure they
learn to read well. Reading is the most
important learning skill any child will ever
acquire, and is the basis of all future learning.
As professional educators with the Lee County School
District, we want to do all we can to work with you
to make reading a highly successful learning
activity for your child.
FRY'S 500 MOST
FREQUENT WORDS - STUDENT PRACTICE
1st GRADE DOLCH WORDS - STUDENT