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Instant Words are the most frequently used English words. The first 100 make up about half of all written material, the first 300 about 65 percent, and the first 1,000 nearly 90 percent. Being able to recognize these words instantly and to spell them correctly greatly enhances student reading.

From The Reading Teacher’s Book of Lists, Fourth Edition, ©2000 by Edward B. Fry, Ph.D., et. all, Prentice Hall

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Move Ahead with Instant Words

Move Ahead with Instant Words is a free downloadable e-book created by Heidi Schmidt. The workbook features Instant Words 301-825, organized in sequential units of 15 words. Printable flashcards, a vocabulary quiz, a spelling test, and interactive online games are provided for each unit.

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