Spelling High-frequency Words

Contributor: Marlene Vogel. Lesson ID: 10226

By now you may have learned all 26 letters of the English alphabet! What do you do with all those letters? You will have lots of fun with games and clouds as you learn to spell the most common words!



learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Beaver, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
PreK/K, Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Have you learned all of the letters of the alphabet? Now, you get to put those letters together to spell words! In this lesson, you will learn how to spell the words that you hear the most in stories and conversations!

When you are first learning how to read, you will have lessons about the letters of the alphabet and how to put them together to make words.

The next step is to learn how to read high-frequency words. High-frequency words are the words we see a lot, no matter what we are reading. You could be reading a story and then later on in the day you could read some science information and you will see many of the same words in both of the readings.

Watch the video First 100 High Frequency Words - Introduction video with voice, from justfrequencywords, to help you become familiar with the words in this group:


A great way to learn how to spell these high-frequency words is by playing Wordle! It is a puzzle made up of high-frequency words.

  1. Print the High-frequency Word List from the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.
  2. Create a word cloud with 50-60 of the words from the list. You can use Make a Word Cloud from WordItOut.com or use the Word Cloud Game Sheet located in the Downloadable Resources.
  3. Ask your parent or teacher to create cards for each of the words in your cloud and put each word card into a container and shake them up.
  4. Use your printed Word Cloud Game Sheet and a black crayon or yellow highlighter.

Below are the rules for playing Wordle:

  1. Your parent or teacher will pull a word out of the container and say it out loud.
  2. You need to spell that word out loud to your teacher. Pay close attention to how the word sounds and what letters make those sounds.
  3. If you spell the word correctly, then the teacher will give you the word card.
  4. Once you receive the card from the teacher, use it to help remind you how the word is spelled and look for the word on your Word Cloud Game Sheet.
  5. Once you find the word, either circle it with the black crayon or color over it with a yellow highlighter. The pictures below are examples of what this step will look like. The word "like" is used in the example:

Great job!

Continue on to the Got It? section to search out some more high-frequency words!

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