Hargis Reading Word List

Most frequently used words in children’s literature to the fourth grade level, graded for difficulty and frequency into five levels. Ten percent of words are most frequently used words up to the ninth grade level.

 Level 1

a an and away bad
ball bed began big bike
bit 1 bite 1 boy 1 bug 1 by 1
can 1 car 1 cat 1 caught climb
day 1 did 1 do does dog 1
down eat fell 1 find fish
food 1 foot found fun 1 gave
girl go 1 goes good got 1
had happy has 1
have he heard 1 help her
him 1 his hit home 1 house
hurt I 1 in is it 1
knew know let 1 like little
look 1 mad name no 1 not
of on 1 one out play 1
put ran ride 1 rode run
said 1 sat saw see 1 she
snake some 1 teeth the
then 1 think threw time 1 too
top tree 1 tried up very 1
want was water 1 went wet
what 1 who will with 1 woke
yes you 1

Level 2

after
again 2 all animal apple 2 are
around ask 2 at ate baby 2
bat bear because 2e begin
bird black 2 blue boat
bought 2 box break broke 2 brown
but buy 2 call came cap 2
catch cloth coat 2 cold color
come 2 could cried cry 2 cup
dinosaur dirt 2 door drive drop 2
drove fall farm 2 feet fire
flew 2 flower fly for 2 forest
friend frog 2 full funny game 2
get ghost give 2 glass green
gun 2 hat head held 2 hill
hold horse 2 hot how hungry 2
if jump kick 2 knife lake
leg 2 lot loud love 2 made
make man 2 me money monk 2ey
monster more mud 2 my new
now 2 old open orange 2 picture
pocket pole 2 pond pull push 2
rain red road 2 rock sad
say 2 shoe sick sing 2 sit
sleep snow 2 so soap stay 2
stop stove swam 2 swim take
tall 2 than their them 2 there
they thing 2 thought throw too 2
took toy tried 2 truck try
too 2 ugly under wake 2 walk
were whale 2 wheel when where 2
white why wind 2 window wish
woman 2 wood work yellow 2 zoo

Level 3

almost 3 am angry
any 3 arm as back 3 barn
be before 3 behind being best 3
birthday both bridge 3 bump carry
chair 3 cook crawl cut 3 draw
drew each 3 enough eye far 3
farther fast father 3 feel felt
fight 3 finger first from 3 front
grass hair 3 hard here hook 3
job just last 3 left light
long 3 many may might 3 morning
mother mouth 3 neck nest night 3
now or other 3 our over
part 3 piece poor read 3 rest
roof room 3 same sang scare 3
sell shut side 3 slow smell
sold 3 sound step table 3 taste
that these 3 this those tie 3
today together turn 3 until us
wash 3 way we would 3 write
wrote your 3

Level 4

able
air 4 airplane alone also 4 always
another banan 4a bank been better 4
bottom brother bus 4 bush cake
candy 4 Christmas class cloud 4 cow
crawl dark 4 deep dish doctor 4
dry duck ear 4 either even
every 4 face fireman fix 4 floor
gas Halloween 4 hammer high ice cream 4
kitchen kitten less 4 letter lion
low 4 men most much 4 nail
near next 4 none nose nurse 4
nut often only 4 pack paint
pan 4 pants paper pen 4 pencil
people pet 4 pick pie pink 4
policeman pot puppy 4 purple right
ring 4 rocket save second 4 shark
shirt short 4 should sister soft 4
sour spoon stick 4 steam such
sweet 4 team thin three 4 tiger
toe tomorrow 4 tooth towel train 4
turtle warm which 4 whose witch
women 4 word worm year 4 yell

Level 5

add alligator ambulance 5
aunt bag bake 5 became become
belt 5 bend bent beside 5 best
better bitter 5 blanket blew blow 5
body bounce bread 5 bring brought
buffalo 5 build built burn 5 camp
children chin 5 circus clean clock 5
close closet country 5 cousin deer
different 5 divide dolphin earth 5 edge
elephant empty 5 feather fork frighten 5
fruit garage geese 5 glad gloves
goose 5 gorilla grand grew 5 grow
hawk hour 5 inch insect keep 5
kept kill knee 5 land leave
lip 5 mean met metal 5 mile
mine minute 5 mittens month most 5
motor mountain move 5 multiply must
near 5 nearly neither ocean 5 owl
plastic point 5 pretty pumpkin quick 5
quite ready remember 5 rich river
round 5 rub sack sad 5 sandwich
self shelf 5 shiny shoot sign 5
since slid slide 5 small soup
spring 5 square steal stove 5 stomach
strange street 5 strong struck subtract 5
summer swing swung 5 thick tiny
tongue 5 touch towel trouble 5 uncle
unless watch 5 weather week weigh 5
while wide winter 5 wipe wreck
yesterday 5 young yours 5

Regular forms ending with -s, -es, -ed, -ing, -er, and öest are not counted as different words. Compounds formed with öthing, -body, -self, -one, and grand- are not counted as different words.

Copyright © Whitlow Publishers,2000. Reproducing/Copying: The publisher grants permission to reproduce for educational purposes only. The Hargis Word List is not to be sold or used otherwise without permission.

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