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4th Grade  Vocabulary List

Use this 4th grade vocabulary list to enrich your students' written and spoken vocabularies. You'll find ten words in each of ten categories across a variety of subjects and interests. Follow the suggestions at the bottom of the page to give students practice in using the words on this list. 

4th Grade Vocabulary List

Here's a peek at the printable page. The full version also appears below. 

4th Grade Vocabulary Word List of 100 Words from www.spelling-words-well.com

Remember, these are words that students in fourth grade should be comfortable using orally. They may not be able to read and write them at first. But you can help them work on those skills, too!  Use the words frequently in home or classroom discussions. Write the words on the fridge or on the board to encourage their usage. 


blue-roofed arena

Places: arena, fairground, orchard, meadow, frontier, entrance, burrow, border, peninsula, plaza

Math: equation, computation, parallel, perpendicular, isosceles, scalene, right angle, mean, median, mode

Science: adaption, carnivore, omnivore, herbivore, vertebrate, invertebrate, ecosystem, weathering, metamorphic, sedimentary

Social studies: boundary, exploration, agriculture, democracy, independence, judicial, legislative, executive, population, colony

blue, white and red lighthouse

Compound words: lighthouse, toothpaste, tightrope, hardship, teammate, windshield, fingerprint, cardboard, weekend, earthworm

Homophone sets:   feat/feet, seam/seem, cent/scent/sent, scene/seen, hole/whole, idle/idol, soar/sore, pain/pane, fair/fare, road/rode

Adjectives:  maximum, minimum, obvious, invisible, basic, capable, humble, sturdy, tidy, weary

green bamboo shoots

Verbs: sprint, convince, demonstrate, prepare, create, practice, assist, recommend, inspire, request

People: ancestor, infant, host, guest, competitor, patient, surgeon, caregiver, immigrant, attorney

Plants: seedling, sprout, blossom, wildflower, thistle, fern, mushroom, herb, cactus, bamboo

Extension Activities

Smiling animated pencil

Choose from these extension activities to give your child/students extra practice using words from the 4th grade vocabulary list. Add more activities of your own. 

1) Find two pairs of adjectives on the list with opposite meanings. Add three more pairs of new adjectives of your own that also have opposite meanings.

2) List two examples each of a carnivore, herbivore and omnivore.

3) Write a sentence or two about some of these topics:

  • Tell about an interesting ancestor in your family.
  • Tell who you would most like to invite to your home as a guest and why. 
  • What is your favorite kind of orchard? Why?
  • At a fairground, would you rather ride a Ferris wheel, eat elephant ears, or look at animal exhibits? Why?
  • Write a sentence correctly using pain and pane

4) Work with a partner or family helper to write a story using at least 10 words on the list. Draw at least one picture about the story. 


More Fourth Grade Resources

List of 300 fourth grade spelling words from www.spelling-words-well.com

Fourth grade spelling words - Our list of 300 words most fourth graders should know or learn this year.

 4th Grade Lesson Plans - 25 spelling dictation sentences and full instructions. Use a few of these each week to provide students with extra practice in writing, spelling and using spelling words in context. 

4th grade writing prompts

4th Grade Writing Prompts, Set 1 - Here's a great assortment of 4th grade writing prompts! Your students will like to write about some wacky, and also some fairly realistic situations. While their creativity is flowing, they'll also be practicing important language skills and spelling words! These are great prompts in which to use the 4th grade vocabulary list!

Silence, Please! - Kids supply the missing silent letters in frequently-used words in this kids' crossword puzzle. Fun spelling practice!

Fourth Grade Worksheets

Our free fourth grade worksheets provide fun spelling practice! Teachers, use these pages to supplement your classroom instruction. Parents, print them out for your kids to get some fun extra practice with important word skills.

woodpecker pushing a wheelbarrow, from our Compound Confusions worksheet

Compound Confusions! - This woodpecker  introduces your students to a great compound word challenge!  Students need to match word parts to form new compound words. Extra activity and spelling tip included.

Grade 4 worksheets: Three-Part Puzzler

 Three Part Puzzler - Students must reconstruct 12 familiar words, syllable by syllable, one from each of three columns,  in this challenging page. 

 A Snowy Situation - Give students valuable spelling AND vocabulary practice with this engaging worksheet.

Find lots more Spelling Worksheets for Grade 4 on our website!


All Vocabulary Lists

First grade vocabulary words from www.spelling-words-well.com

Kindergarten Vocabulary List - 100 engaging, empowering vocabulary words that every kindergartner should be learning. Use our convenient printable page. 

First Grade Vocabulary Words - 100 great vocab words on a variety of topics for 1st grade students to learn to use in conversation, along with suggested activities.

Second Grade Vocabulary List : 100 words for 2nd grade students to learn and enjoy!  Challenge your second graders with more words to use in their speaking vocabularies.

3rd grade vocabulary list

3rd Grade Vocabulary Word List - Another 100 words to boost your child's spoken and written language skills. Print the complete list from the web page for best results!

4th Grade Vocabulary List - Ten sets of ten words each across a variety of subjects and topics to challenge and enrich fourth graders.

5th Grade Vocabulary Words - Boost your fifth graders' spoken and written vocabularies with this BIG list of 200 words, arranged in alphabetical order! I've also selected 100 of these words to put into 10 engaging topics. Try the extension activities for best results!


These are lists of spelling words that you may wish to explore with your student. 

Author Ann Richmond Fisher

Ann Richmond Fisher is a longtime published educational writer, a former classroom teacher and a former homeschool teacher. Ann's spelling bee resources, graded spelling word lists, spelling games, worksheets, and other language arts resources have become respected around the globe since she launched Spelling-Words-Well in 2010.

Ann is also the creator of www.word-game-world.com.


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