Printable Spelling Lists

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We have oodles of printable spelling lists here at Spelling Words Well. If you know what grade level you need, see the links below to find lists for grades 1 through 9.

However, if you're not sure what list is most appropriate for your child or students, read on below the list of links. 

We've selected just 30 sample words from grades 1-9 and compiled them here. You may use this list to get a rough idea of the proper level of words for your child to study.

How to Use These Printable Spelling Lists

1) Quiz your child, orally or written, over the 30 words at the grade level you think might be at his current skill level.

2) If he spells 26 words or more correctly, he probably has a good grasp of most of the words in our larger lists at that level. You could quickly review the hardest words from that grade before moving on to the next level.

3) If he spells 20-25 words correctly, you should stay at that grade level and give your child plenty of practice in mastering those words.

4) If he spells less than 20 words correctly, you should back up to the previous grade and be sure he can correctly spell at least 26 of those words before trying to do anything more difficult.

Printable spelling lists for grades 1-9 : Sample lists

30 sample 1st grade words

am and big bit but
cat did eat frog green
hand hog is like little
map meet nose pet ran
rip see six some stop
that then try when you

30 sample 2nd grade words

after animal away because buy
clock drip eight family first
goat happy home kind look
night only plus rest sea
shape slid soon their think
trick went winter would your

30 sample 3rd grade words

across almost breakfast build carries
circus color dinner doesn't driving
heart it's know love maybe
never really Saturday sitting someone
stretch Sunday today together tooth
true until voice wrong you're

30 sample 4th grade words

against although answer believe center
chicken couple didn't double electric
final fourth guard hundred interest
libraries neighbor no one  planet question
remember since squirrel studying twenty
useless weight worried written yourself

30 sample 5th grade words

actually business carefully consonant different
eighth fault government information known
major message neither opposite problem
produce quietly remain separate sincerely
slippery solution statement straight surprise
thoughtful usually weird whisper yesterday

30 sample 6th grade words

accidentally comfortable creative denominator distance
encouragement especially example excitement familiar
fierce happiness importance lawyer marriage
medicine muscle occur penalty purchase
recycle resident session spaghetti strength
temperature themselves vacuum vegetable yield

30 sample 7th grade words

accurate alternate association bizarre
campaign chaperone competition consequently
description elementary environment extraordinary
fundamental havoc idol infamous
irresistible language mortgage oasis
parallel precipitation psychology recruit
significance skeptical souvenir supposedly
tournament unfortunately

30 sample 8th grade words

accommodate acquittal annoyance apology
asthma biannual caricature collaborate
considerable criticize diagnosis endeavor
extremity forgery hazardous inept
interrogate luncheon mesmerize negligence
obstinate paralysis persuade predecessor
questionnaire roommate scholar sophomore
technically unique

30 sample 9th grade words

accomplice ambiguous authenticate camouflage
chaotic conscientious defamation distinction
elimination exaggeration fallacy grammatically
hypocrisy inconsolable irreconcilable liaison
martyr notoriety olfactory partiality
philanthropist potpourri quixotic remembrance
retaliate spasmodic surveillance technique
uncouth vengeance

Remember, these printable spelling lists are a guideline to help you find the right place to get started.

More Spelling Resources

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Please note that we have lots of spelling word games, spelling worksheets, and other activites throughout this site to give your student lots of practice in spelling words well.


For more fun spelling practice, try our AnyWord Spelling Practice Series. In these three eBooks, you'll  find word play worksheets, writing prompts and partner games and activities that work with almost any list of spelling words!


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