5th Grade Spelling Activities
Your 5th grade spelling activities should
- Standard spelling word practice
- Practice with words from the students' science, social
studies and other content areas
- Spelling and vocabulary enrichment
fifth grade, your students' interests and abilities are varying more and
more from student to student. By allowing students to explore
information in their areas of interest, it will be easier to keep your
students engaged in learning. See our list of typical 5th grade spelling words here
this age, no doubt you'll be asking students to write
their new areas of interest. And so, they need to learn to spell the
words they're using.
5th Grade Spelling Practice Activities
Here's a super-simple idea that's great for boardwork or a worksheet.
Make a list of spelling words like this:
__ a v __ __ i t __ (favorite)
d __ t __ r __ __ n e (determine)
c __ __ t i __ __ n t (continent)
The missing letters for all the
words can be listed in a box -- or not.
students to fill in the blanks to complete the spelling/vocabulary
words. For extra practice, ask them to write each complete word again
and also use it in a sentence.
Students can write or type word lists
for each other. This not only saves you a lot of work, it also gives
students extra practice as they both make and solve these spelling
skills go hand in hand with spelling skills. Here's another simple idea
that challenges vocabulary and spelling skills.
Write two guide words
on the board. You can think of your own guide words or get them from a
Examples: 1) canyon - cat
2) strange - strike
Ask students to write one set of guide words on their papers.
students 2 minutes to write as many words as possible that come between
the two guide words alphabetically. When time is up, have students
exchange papers to check each other's accuracy. Questionable
spellings should be checked in a dictionary.
For extra practice,
to alphabetize their
lists of words.
Words that might be added:
1) cap, capsize, carpet, castle, carriage, cascade, capital
2) stray, strap, strength, street, stream, streak, stress, strict
the activity into a classroom game.
Arrange students into two teams. Write a different set of
words on the board for each team. Set a time period of 5 or
minutes. Have 1 player from each team come to the board and write 1
word under the team's guide words. As soon as the player returns to his
seat, the next player writes another word, and so on. At the end of the
time period, the team with the most correct words wins the round.
Our AnyWord eBooks
also provide great spelling practice! Your fifth graders may especially
enjoy the Writing Prompts volume. It's filled with interesting,
creative scenarios that work with any words you want your students to
practice. There's also a Word Play Worksheets volume and a Partners'
Activities book. Why not try them all?
Also check out our collections of free spelling worksheets
and spelling word games
. There's something that's sure to work well with your
fifth grade spelling students!