Complete List of Fry’s 1000 Words


The term “Fry words” refers to the list of 1,000 high-frequency words compiled by Dr. Edward Fry in 1957 and was developed based on the most frequently-occurring words in the English language. The Fry list contains 1,000 words and includes all parts of speech and was updated in 1980 to add words from a more recent word frequency count.

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The first 100 Fry words are ideally suited for students in kindergarten and first grade. The words are listed alphabetically below, rather than in order of frequency. They can be taught in any order. For younger students, it’s recommended to start with short words that appear frequently in the text your students are reading, such as a, the, an, can, is, of, you, he, and I.

Both the second and third 100 Fry words are recommended for students in second to third grades. Again, it is helpful to teach the words in conjunction with those that appear frequently in the texts that your students are reading.

Once the second 100 Fry words are mastered, children can move on to the third batch of 100. Again, continue teaching the words in groups of five to ten, and move on as each group is mastered.

Tips for Teaching Fry Word:

Help your children master the Fry words quickly and easily by making learning fun and keeping them engaged. Try some of the following activities.


Concentration: Make two identical sets of cards for the words your student is learning. Mix the cards and place them face down one at a time in even rows. Two or more students can play together, taking turns flipping over two cards each turn. They must read aloud the words they turn over.If the words match, the student gets to keep that pair and take another turn. If not, play passes to the next student. After all the matches have been made, the child with the most pairs wins.


Go Fish. Again, start with two matching sets of word cards mixed together. Deal three to five cards to each player, depending on how many are in the set. Students take turns calling out one word in their hand and asking one other player if he has the match. If the student gets a match, he gets another turn. If not, play passes to the next player. After all the word cards have been matched, the student with the most pairs wins.


Bingo. Create bingo cards with both mastered words and new words placed randomly on the cards. As you call out words, the students should put a marker over the word if they find it on their card. The first student to achieve a bingo with five words in a row, vertically or horizontally, wins the game.


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