Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fry Word Lists

This year, our school is systematically working with the Fry Words. We decided to break the words into lists of 25 words each and number the lists sequentially. This gave us 40 lists of 25 words each. They are presented 100 words per page.

I just finished typing these up and thought other teachers might find them handy too. So - here they are. You can download these free lists clicking here.   This file is also available for free at my Teachers pay Teachers shop.  


As many of you know, the Fry words are ranked according to how often they appear in print. The words are not necessarily more difficult as the lists progress. 

According to Fry's research, completed in 1996:
  • The first 25 words make up about 1/3 of all items published.
  • The first 100 words make up about 1/2 of all the words found in publications.
  • The first 300 words make up about 2/3 of all written materials.

I hope you find these lists useful and that your year is off to a super start!

:) Anne Gardner (NBCT, Literacy)

(P.S. - If you have any trouble downloading the file, please let me know.  My email address is