High frequency words are words that frequently occur in children's texts. Some are decodable and some are not. Since fluency is important for comprehension, these words need to be automatic so that emerging readers can focus on decoding more difficult words. This data collection sheet will help you keep track of your students' progress as they learn their high frequency words. You should use one sheet for each child. This could be kept in a data notebook; you may want to think about keeping a notebook for each student. This will enable students to set goals and track their progress of sight words learned, which will hopefully empower them to take responsibility for their own learning. List one contains twenty words that are found in print the most. These are the first words that we teach our kindergarteners at our elementary school. They include: the, to, and, he, a, I, you, it, of, in was, said, his, that, she, for, on, they, but, had. This is list one of twelve. The first two lists are the words that we use with our kindergarten students; the last ten are the words that we require our first graders to master by the end of first grade. Of course, the best way to teach children to read is by reading books, but a few minutes of sight word fluency practice each day helps students to process these words quickly so that they can read text more fluently. Look for a full set of data collection sheets (1-12) if you would like to use these with your kindergarten or first grade students. These data collection sheets would also benefit struggling 2nd or 3rd grade students, especially if you can show them their progress as they master the words on the lists. High frequency words are covered in CCSS Reading Foundational Skills, RF.K.3.c, RF.1.3g, and RF.2.3f.