Spelling Bee Lists for Upper Grades

Are you a teacher looking spelling bee lists to use in your next classroom competition? Or perhaps you're a parent or student trying to "study ahead" on some typical spelling bee words. Either way, this list should help!

This page features 120 spelling bee words for  8th grade. It's a great study list for students in grades 6th. 7th and 8th grade. Use the links below to find our lists for other grades.

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

Printable 8th grade spelling bee list

depth forgetting example educate
entire horizon freight earliest
threat relieve muscle meant
exchange securing obedient unsanitary
leisure crypt supervisor persuade
glamorous optimistic envious controversy
deficiency schedule characteristic environment
amusement criticize venom awkward
arrangement considerable barometer vulnerable
mercenary plaintiff omitted deterrent
cameos malicious obscure propeller
perceived taboo technology surmise
internally specific protein criminal
precipitate forgery unbelievable unduly
annoyance vessel insufficient capably
belligerent amnesty snobbery applicant
anxious fashionable machinery laboratory
shuddering sacrifice fibrous escalator
privilege burglary melodious embargo
outrageous rectangular honorary minimize
contrary passageway vertigo malady
lucrative extraordinary abstain procrastinate
serviceable parliament necessity recurrent
ominous permeate religious occurred
prestigious scandalized voracious universal
transient meticulous personification inevitable
vigilant interrogate malignant benevolent
consequence unenforceable nostalgia omnipotent
vivacious precocious indulgence vulnerable
vacillate inconvenience potpourri ubiquitous
phenomenon caricature surveillance metamorphosis


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

We also offer additional sets of 400 and 600 spelling bee words and sentences for those who don't need all the other bells and whistles. Also, see our 100 Difficult Words for Spelling Bees that includes definitions, pronunciations, sentences and more. 


If you're looking for more words to study, see our list of frequently misspelled words. Or take our Dictionery/dictionary quiz!  

Did you know?

The official dictionary used by the Scripps National Spelling Bee is Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language. Many serious students study straight from this immense collection of words. It's available in hardcover, with or without a CD-ROM.  See more items in my specially chosen selection of dictionaries from Amazon.                    

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