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.
Printable list of 200 4th Grade Vocabulary Words
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:
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.
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.
Places: arena, fairground, orchard, meadow, frontier, entrance, burrow, border, peninsula, plaza
computation, parallel, perpendicular, isosceles, scalene, right angle, mean,
carnivore, omnivore, herbivore, vertebrate, invertebrate, ecosystem,
weathering, metamorphic, sedimentary
boundary, exploration, agriculture, democracy, independence, judicial, legislative,
executive, population, colony
Compound words: lighthouse, toothpaste, tightrope, hardship, teammate, windshield, fingerprint, cardboard, weekend, earthworm
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
Verbs: sprint, convince, demonstrate, prepare, create, practice, assist, recommend, inspire, request
People: ancestor, infant,
host, guest, competitor, patient, surgeon, caregiver, immigrant, attorney
sprout, blossom, wildflower, thistle, fern, mushroom, herb, cactus, bamboo
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:
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.
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Q: We noticed pairs of homophones on your list. Why is this type of word so important in 4th grade vocabulary word lists?
A: By 4th grade, students are able to associate different spellings with different word meanings. Since incorrect homophone usage can be a life-long spelling error for many, many adults, it makes sense to start as early as possible to TEACH the CORRECT USAGE of these special words! If you've every mistakenly used the wrong to/too/two or sent/cent/scent, you know exactly what I'm talking about. If we allow students to use homophones incorrectly until they are in upper grades, we've given them several years to reinforce bad habits NEEDLESSLY!
Q: What other kinds of words are important for 4th graders to learn?
A: Fourth graders are encountering many interesting words in their science, social studies and math classes, so good vocab lists should include words from these areas of study, as well as common usage areas such as people, places, plants, animals and more.
Q: Can you share a short list of words that are good to study for both 4th grade vocabulary and 4th grade spelling practice?
A: Here are twenty of my favorites: immigrant, ancestor, adaption, ecosystem, independence, democracy, population, frontier, peninsula, parallel, perpendicular, demonstrate, recommend, maximum, minimum, teammate, cardboard, thistle, mushroom, and cactus.
These are lists of spelling words that you may wish to explore with your student.
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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