5th Grade Spelling Activities

5th grade girl carrying booksYour 5th grade spelling activities should include:
  • Standard spelling word practice 
  • Practice with words from the students' science, social studies and other content areas
  • Spelling and vocabulary enrichment
By fifth grade, your students' interests and abilities are varying more and more from student to student. By allowing  students to explore new 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.

By this age, no doubt you'll be asking students to write about their new areas of interest. And so, they need to learn to spell the words they're using.

5th Grade Spelling Practice Activities

Missing letters

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.
Ask 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 like this 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 words.

In Between

open dictionary Dictionary 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 dictionary.

Examples:   1) canyon - cat                 2) strange - strike

Ask students to write one set of guide words on their papers.
Give 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,
ask students 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

timer Or make the activity into a classroom game. Arrange students into two teams. Write a  different set of guide words on the board for each team.  Set a time period of 5 or 10 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.

Additional Resources

AnyWord eBooksOur 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!

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