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4th Grade  Vocabulary Words

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Use these  4th grade vocabulary words to enhance your students' written and spoken vocabularies. Follow the suggestions at the bottom of the page to give students practice in using the words on this list. You're sure to find many more ways to incorporate them in your language learning activities all year long!

This first list contains 200 words in alphabetical order. Below the big list, you'll find 100 of the words arranged in ten categories. I've created an engaging printable page for students' use. They can refer back to this shortened list throughout their fourth grade year for extra words to include in their writing. 

4th Grade Vocabulary Words

Printable list of 200 4th Grade Vocabulary Words

accurate            

adaption

afford

agriculture

alert

ancestor

annual

apparent

arena

assist

attempt

attentive

attorney

bamboo

basic

benefit   

blossom

border

boundary

burrow

cactus

calculate

capable

cardboard

carefree

caregiver

carnivore

cent/scent/sent

century

chamber

circular

coax   

colony

column

communicate

competitor

computation

concentrate

concern

conclude

confuse 

contribute

convince

crafty

create

democracy

demonstrate

descend               

develop

disaster

distract

eager

earthworm

ecosystem

entertain

entrance

envy

equation

essential

executive

exploration     

fair/fare

fairground

feat/feet

fern

fingerprint

flexible

focus

frantic

frequent

frontier

furious

garbled

garment

gavel

gazebo

generosity

gesture

giddy

global

gondola

guest

hardship

herb

herbivore

hole/whole

host

humble

idle/idol

immigrant

impact

increase

independence

infant

inspire

invertebrate

invisible

isosceles

jagged

jaguar

jaunt                      

javelin

jaywalk

jersey

jostle

judicial

kayak

kimono

kindling

knead

lacrosse

lagoon

laminate

landlord

leaflet

league

lecture

legendary

legislative

lighthouse

limb

locate

locomotive

lukewarm

manufacture

maximum

meadow

mean

median

metamorphic

minimum

mode

mushroom

noble

obvious

omnivore

orchard

pain/pane

parallel

patient

peninsula

perpendicular

plaza

population

practice

prepare

queasy

recent

recommend

recognize

represent

request

right angle

road/rode

scalene

scene/seen

seam/seem

sedimentary

seedling

severe

soar/sore

source

sprint

sprout

sturdy

surface

surgeon

teammate

thistle

tidy

tightrope

toothpaste

tradition

ultimate

umpteen

undeniable

undernourished

unhurriedly

unidentified

unify

unique

upholstery

urgent

usable

vacant

valiant

variety

venture

vertebrate

weary

weathering

weekend

wildflower

windshield

yearn

yew

yonder

yucca

zesty

zucchini

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Teacher's Tips:

As a former classroom teacher and former homeschool mom, I know the importance of a rich vocabulary. Words open doors to better writing and speaking, now in elementary school, later in high school, and all through adult life. Don't wait any longer to build your students' vocabularies!

It's a bit daunting to present fourth graders with a 200-word list and say, "Learn these!" It's much better to follow these guidelines:

  • Introduce these new words naturally, in subject matter lessons and/or in normal conversations.
  • Give students small batches of 8-10 words to study.  Teach the words in context, and encourage students to use words in sentences or short stories to show they understand word meanings and correct usage.
  • Begin with the illustrated printable list below in which the words are sorted into meaningful categories.


Shorter List of 4th Grade Vocabulary Words

I've arranged 100 words from the big list into useful categories that will help kids quickly understand their meanings. Students can keep their own copies of this list in their notebooks or desks. Or they can take them home to review frequently.

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

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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!" printable crossword puzzle for kids at www.spelling-words-well.com

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 Words - 175 engaging, empowering vocabulary words, in alphabetical order, that every kindergartner should be learning. Use our convenient printable page. A second list features 100 of the words in helpful categories such as shapes, feelings, community helpers and more. 

First Grade Vocabulary Words - 175 great vocab words on a variety of topics for 1st grade students to learn to use in conversation, along with suggested activities. 100 words appear in meaningful categories including sports, animals, compound words and more. 

Second Grade Vocabulary Words : 200 words for 2nd grade students to learn and enjoy! 100 of the words are arranged in helpful categories and are arranged on an engaging printable for your students. Challenge your second graders with more words to use in their speaking and written vocabularies.

3rd grade vocabulary list

3rd Grade Vocabulary Words - 200 words to boost your child's spoken and written language skills, arranged alphabetically!  Print the complete list from the web page for best results. 100 of the words also appear in an engaging printable, arranged by helpful topics. 

4th Grade Vocabulary Words - 200 4th grade vocab words to keep your students on track all year long! Half of the words are also arranged in meaningful categories to help students with word meaning. 

5th Grad Vocabulary Words

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!

6th Grade Vocabulary Words - Improve your students' understanding of LOTS of areas of learning by covering these 200 important words! I've included many ways to put these words into use, and I have links to other related pages, too!


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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