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The First 50 of the 214 Easiest Words
to Learn
in Statistical Order

with page references to The Patterns of English Spelling
where more words sharing the same rime (or the same word family) can be found.

Words
1-25

Volume & Page in
The
Patterns of English Spelling

Words
26-50

Volume & Page in
The
Patterns of English Spelling

 

Volume

Page 

 

Volume

Page

1. I

-

-

26. day 3 301
2. a

-

-

27. that 1 131
3. is

1

138 28. into 3 312
4. in

1

123

29. today 3 301
5. you 3 317 30. like 3 329
6. he 3 304 31. yes 1 157
7. the 3 304 32. all 1 147
8. out 4 431 33. dog 1 114
9. good 4 404 34. hat

1

131
10. it 1 133 35. and 2 227
11. me 3 304 36. big 1 113
12. old 2 241 37. ice 3 344
13.one 3 340

38. look

4 409
14. see 3 305

39. year

5 531
15. she 3 304 40. boy 3 303
16.time

3

333 41. but 1 135
17. ten

1

122 42. air 5 531
18. up

1

130 43. how 3 318
19. book 4 409 44. over 6 670
20. come 3 334 45. can 1 121
21. get 1 132 46. did 1 108
22. go 3 309 47. looking 4 409
23. love 3 326 48. men 1 122
24. we 3 304 49. red 1 107
25. car 5 501 50. at 1 131

If you are interested in knowing what percentage of students in any grade from 2nd through 8th can spell these words or any of the over 5,500 words used in the New Iowa Spelling Scale that was used to determine the ranking of these words, you can look them up in The Reading Teacher's List of Over 5,500 Basic Spelling Words.  This is based on the latest complete research study on spelling.

  • All the words are in alphabetical order and in the order of difficulty.  
  • You can look up any of these words and find all the other words that share the same level of difficulty.

The complete listing of the 214 Easiest Words to Learn in Exact Statistical Order can be found in The Patterns of English Spelling and in The Teaching of Reading:  A Continuum from Kindergarten through College.

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