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Use these 5th grade lesson plans to provide practice in the important skills of listening, writing and spelling. Use these 30 sentences in small batches for best results.

When you run out of sentences, refer to my list of fifth grade spelling words and write more dictation sentences of your own! 

5th Grade Lesson Plans

Here's a peek at page 1 of the printable file. The full text also appears below for the entire lesson. 

5th grade lesson plans for spelling dictation, from www.spelling-words-well.com

Suggested directions for teachers:

Each student needs a fresh sheet of lined paper and a sharpened pencil with an eraser. Choose eight to ten sentences from the list below for one dictation lesson. Select sentences in which all the words are familiar to your sentences. Adjust sentences, if necessary, to suit your group of students.  Words in bold appear on this list of fifth grade words

Suggested instructions to students: 

I am going to read a sentence to you several times. First, listen to the entire sentence carefully. As I repeat the sentence, try to write it correctly on your page. Remember to use correct spellings, capitalization and punctuation.

Dictation Sentences

1. I wrote a message to my best friend in my notebook.

2. Make a list of mammal names with three or more syllables.

3. Perhaps we should follow the trail in the opposite direction.

4. I did not notice that there was a problem with my phone.

Man reaching hard to climb a mountain

5. After we climbed halfway up the mountain, we decided it was not a good idea.

6. We all need a good supply of oxygen.

7. Could you please repeat the tricky word puzzle?

8. My aunt prepared the best dessert I’ve ever tasted!

9. I checked the spelling of separate in the dictionary.

10. The man understood the treatment he would receive.

11. The teacher did not permit the young students to go outside in the storm.

12. Many government offices are located in the nation’s capital city.

13. What happened to make your voice sound so hoarse?

14. You always greet people with a pleasant phrase or two.

15. It’s difficult to grasp an object that is covered in grease.

Cacti in the desert

16. My favorite actor stars in interesting films.

17. He plans to wear sandals when he visits the desert.

18. Factory workers manufacture many important products.

19. We expect the mayor will receive an increase in pay.

20. What’s the difference between an amusement park and a carnival?

21. Beginning next year, all eighth graders will go to an island retreat.

22. This is only a minor problem, and it is not your fault.

23. The captain allowed no one on the bridge of his ship.

24. Do you know the most common language on the continent of Asia?

25. The sales clerk straightened the stack of women’s sweaters.

26. It is not necessary to take heavy bags on your journey.

27. Mom served hot chocolate to each guest.

28. The sudden shower made the roads very slippery.

29.  All the animals were outside, except for the calves.

30. The doctor will check your height and weight

Find more dictation lesson plans here:

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Concluding activities:

·         Ask students to volunteer to write one of their sentences on the board. Or write each one correctly yourself, explaining the spelling and meaning of each word.

·         Encourage students to rewrite any sentences that have errors.

·         Allow students time to add drawings to their sentences.

·         Use these sentences as prompts for story writing. 

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Fifth Grade Writing Prompts

I've written two sets of engaging writing prompts, aligned with our fifth grade spelling word list.  Use these stimulating prompts anytime throughout the year for fun spelling and writing practice!

tall, thin teacher with a long purple dress, big glasses, and a ruler

Set #1 - Twelve engaging prompts featuring a magic frog act, a birthday surprise, Different Day and nine more!

Set #2 - Twelve more writing prompts for 5th grade, featuring a sneaky mouse in the principal's office,  mysterious bubbles and more. 

Shoe Shenanigans - Great practice in identifying and correcting misspelled 5th grade spelling words in this story about shopping for shoes.

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

Fun, Flexible Fifth Grade Worksheets - "Fish Net" and "Intersecting Synonyms" provide fun spelling practice with almost any spelling word! Use these again and again in your 5th grade lesson plans!

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