The Fry's Instant Word List is a list of 1,000 words which students need the most to develop a powerful sight vocabulary.  The first 300 words make up 65% of all written material contained in newspaper articles, magazines, textbooks, children's stories, novels, and more.


First Hundred (approximately first grade)                                                         

a             can          her          many    see          us

about       come       here         me        she          very

after        day          him          much    so            was

again       did          his           my        some       we

all            do           how         new      take         were

an            down       I              no        that          what

and          eat           if             not       the           when

any          for           in             of         their         which

are          from        is             old       them        who

as            get           it             on        then         will

at            give         just          one       there        with

be           go           know       or         they         work

been        good       like          other    this          would

before     had          little         our       three        you

boy         has          long         out       to            your

but          have        make       put       two        

by           he            man         said      up          


Second Hundred  (approximately second grade)                                              

also         color       home       must     red          think

am           could       house      name    right         too

another    dear        into          near      run          tree

away       each        kind         never    saw         under

back        ear          last          next      say          until

ball          end          leave       night     school     upon

because   far           left           only      seem       use

best         find          let            open     shall         want

better      first          live          over     should     way

big           five          look        own      soon        where

black       found       made       people  stand       while

book       four         may         play      such        white

both        friend       men         please   sure         wish

box         girl           more       present tell           why

bring        got          morning   pretty   than         year

call          hand        most        ran       these      

came       high         mother     read     thing       




Third Hundred  (approximately third grade)                                                      

along       didn't       food        keep     sat           though

always     does        full           letter     second    today

anything   dog         funny       longer   set           took

around     don't        gave        love      seven       town

ask          door        goes        might    show       try

ate           dress       green       money  sing         turn

bed         early        grow       myself   sister       walk

brown     eight        hat           now      sit            warm

buy          every       happy      o'clock six           wash

car          eyes        hard        off        sleep       water

carry       face         head        once     small        woman

clean       fall           hear         order    start         write

close       fast          help         pair      stop         yellow

clothes     fat           hold         part      ten           yes

coat         fine          hope        ride      thank       yesterday

cold         fire          hot          round   third       

cut           fly            jump        same    those