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5th Grade Spelling Bee Words

5th grade spelling bee word list

Are you a teacher looking for some 5th grade spelling bee words to use in your next classroom competition? Or perhaps you're a parent or student trying to "study ahead" on some typical fifth grade spelling words. Either way, this list of 100 carefully-selected spelling bee words should help! 

We also have spelling bee lists for lots of other grades, too

bee surrounded by letters SPELLING

More than half of the words here come from our list of 300 fifth grade spelling words. The remaining words are more challenging. We've arranged the words from easiest to most difficult. Use the words, as is, from this web page. Or for your convenience, use this printable list of 5th grade spelling bee words.

state repay grasp few gold
soil shelter rising trail type
agreed constant forward daytime members
length melody exact include human
happily details paid music perhaps
permit rarely raise quietly single
notice pause solve puzzle trouble
understood women warn action yesterday
carefully captain enjoyment equation determine
different language mammal dessert favorite
express thoughtful surprise stomach pattern
pleasure probably numeral neither million
message section actor annual beginning
except laughter island inventor journey
suitcase squeeze southern receive protection
period possible president natural slippery
sweater syllable tornado sandal represent
shoulder separate business chocolate chemical
schedule necessary weight whisper weird
constitution ambulance successful scissors rehearse


You may wish to adjust our list for your specific group of students. Feel free to use additional easier words, or insert some more difficult ones to challenge your more advanced students. You can find more difficult spelling bee words in our 6th grade and 7th grade lists. 

You may also enjoy this list of 25 Hard Spelling Bee Words and Definitions.


Important Tips to Practice Spelling Words

1. Give students lots of practice in oral spelling before competitions. Ask students to spell words frequently aloud, even from their seats, for a bit of "performance" practice. 

2. Ask students to come to the front of the room and WRITE words correctly on the board. While this is not the same as oral spelling, it still provides practice in spelling front of others. It helps kids to get used to public spelling. 

These first two tips are great "5-minute fillers" to be used when you have a few free minutes between classroom activities or at the end of the day. You'll be surprised at how much extra spelling practice you can provide when you are focused and when you keep a list of spelling bee words handy!

3. Be sure to use spelling bee words in sentences when quizzing students. For instance, pause, should be clarified so it won't be confused with paws:  The officials decided to pause the game while they reviewed the last play. See this collection of 50 homophones for lots of similar examples. 

North American map

4. Encourage students to learn new words from content areas. Consider making word walls for different disciplines. For example, label one wall, "Social Studies." Add words such as continent, democracy, liberty, constitution, amendment, ratification, governor, bayou, tundra, and so on. Make additional walls for math, health/science, art, music and other areas of interest. 

Check out these 5th grade spelling lists. You'll find three more big lists from typical fifth grade math, science and social studies classes. There are lots of great words for your students to learn!

We also have spelling bee lists for:

2nd grade
 3rd  grade
4th grade
6th grade
7th grade
8th grade

More 5th Grade Spelling Bee Words & Helps

The Spelling Bee Toolbox eBooks

Need more words with sentences, rules, award certificates, and lots of organizational tips? Please consider purchasing our exclusive Spelling Bee Toolbox, for grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. Each one contains 600 grade-appropriate bee words, used in sentences, and all the resources you need for a successful spelling bee! 

The Monumental Spelling Bee Word Lists for Grades 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8

Or use the Monumental Spelling Bee Word Lists! These lists contain all the features you could ever want for your next spelling bee competition!  The lists are available in three volumes, for Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, and Grades 7-8.

Reward your spelling bee winners or your hard-working spellers anytime with our own Spelling Words Well mugs!

5th grade vocabulary list

5th Grade Vocabulary Words - Mega-word list of 200 words! Some are arranged  in ten categories to engage your students in topics such as sports, adjectives, people, places, social studies, fruits and more! How about a game of hilarious racquetball on a tundra with a cartographer? 


Writing Prompts for 5th Grade

Practice new spelling words and vocabulary words in context with my Writing Prompts for Kids. Search through the entire directory to find the prompts that are best for your group. Look by grade level, or topic. Each prompt contains at least one grade-level spelling words. I added engaging clip art to each reproducible. 

What will your students say about a mouse that sneaks in to the principal's office? What will they do when they wake up on an island of chocolate? Why might they be summoned to the White House? Use these writing prompts for 5th grade and find out!

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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