Spelling Bee Competition Information

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A spelling bee competition is a great way to generate interest in spelling and to motivate students to succeed! Here at Spelling Words Well, we provide a wealth of free resources for bee organizers, classroom teachers, students and parents.

Students & Parents

We have lots of spelling bee practice tips to help you prepare for your next spelling bee competition. See Part 1, featuring long-term practice strategies, here. Read on for short-term study tips.

Short term spelling practice tips: What you can do just weeks or days before the Bee

Printable version of Spelling Bee Practice Ideas

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1) Find out the date of the spelling bee. Ask your teacher if there is a specific list of words you can study. (Hopefully you'll already know many of these words from following the steps above.) Then study!

2) Practice a lot of words aloud with a friend or family member. (See our spelling bee word lists if you don't have a word list from your teacher. ) Practice the words from your spelling notebook.

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3) Post spelling words everywhere: the bathroom mirror, your computer desktop, your school desk or locker. Carry a list of words you want to learn in your pocket. You can pull it out to study when you have spare minutes between other activities.

4) Ask someone to quiz you on words you haven't studied. A good place to find words that might be in the spelling bee is on the front page of a newspaper.

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5) The night before the spelling bee, get plenty of rest. Eat a good breakfast in the morning. Include some protein, such as eggs, cheese or peanut butter. 


Most Importantly...

Believe you can do it! All of your spelling bee practice
will give you confidence to think clearly and spell correctly,
despite the butterflies in your stomach.

Spelling Bee Word Lists

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 We have lots of spelling bee words you can study! Each spelling bee list contains 100 - 120 words, arranged generally from easiest to most difficult. 

3rd grade          4th grade         5th grade
6th grade          7th grade         8th-grade

Did you know?

The official dictionary used by Scripps is the Third New International Dictionary of the English Language.


It is the largest dictionary of the English language, making it the perfect one to study if you're really serious about advancing in spelling bee competitions. It weighs 12.5 pounds and contains over 450,000 entries! 


Studying a good dictionary is one of the very best spelling bee practice methods!

Teachers

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What is a spelling bee? How many students can participate, how many words do you need? Read our FAQs here. Submit more questions of your own!

If you're planning a full-scale spelling bee, you'll find our Spelling Bee organizational tips to be helpful. We'll show you what needs to be done and when!

Use our basic spelling bee rules to run your next classroom spelling competition. We cover the basics in a concise list.

To make things really simple, we've designed some special Spelling Bee Clip Art  to dress up your parent letters and student handouts.

See more complete lists of words and resources.

Our Most Comprehensive Spelling Bee Competition Resource - The Spelling Bee Toolbox

The Spelling Bee Toolboxes


Our Spelling Bee Toolbox eBooks are comprehensive resources for anyone who wants a simple way to put together a classroom, all-school or multi-school spelling bee. It's our most popular bee resource!

Each eBook contains 600 words and sentences, rules, award certificates, organizational tips, student helps and much more.


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