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5th Grade Spelling Bee Words

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

More than half of the words here come from our list of 300 fifth grade spelling words. The remaining words come from outside sources or from more challenging word lists. I'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.

        1.       acre

        2.       climbed

        3.       active

        4.       clamp

        5.       bottom

        6.       closet

        7.       shower

        8.       cardboard

        9.       signal

      10.      claim

      11.      alert

      12.      solid

      13.      pickle

      14.      braid

      15.      borrow

      16.      castle

      17.      meadow

      18.      clumsy

      19.      addition

      20.      postage

      21.      jewel

      22.      spider

      23.      eaten

      24.      honest

      25.      actually

      26.      coffee

      27.      limit

      28.      energy

      29.      cabbage

      30.      harvest

      31.      grease

      32.      altitude

      33.      idea

      34.      healthy

      35.      agenda

      36.      fault

      37.      annoying

      38.      eraser

      39.      practice

      40.     breathe

       41.       doubt

       42.       collar

       43.       amusement

       44.       fought

       45.       jungle

        46.       knives

       47.       reign

       48.       microphone

       49.       radio

       50.      expect

      51.       buried

      52.       awaken

      53.       desert

      54.       wherefore

      55.       information

     56.       careless

     57.       garage

     58.       oxygen

     59.       century

     60.      pearl

     61.      dozen

     62.      tasty

     63.      science

     64.      furniture

     65.      instrument

     66.      ourselves

     67.      factory

     68.      swollen

     69.      government

     70.      nectarine

     71.      cruise

     72.      opposite

      73.      daughter

      74.      syrup

      75.      arrival

     76.      create

     77.      nourish

      78.      celebration

      79.      unusual

      80.       dictionary

      81.       vineyard

      82.       ballerina

      83.       biography

      84.       worthwhile

      85.       decided

      86.       capsule

      87.       division

      88.       straighten

      89.      continent

      90.      delicious

      91.      difference

      92.      accumulation

      93.      guarantee

      94.      forfeit

      95.      irresistible

      96.      receipt

      97.      solemn

      98.      inconvenient

      99.      ultimatum

      100.      souvenir

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 50 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:

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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