Use these 5th grade vocabulary words to enrich your students' learning, as well as their written and spoken language skills. Words appear first in alphabetical order.
Below this big list, you'll also find 100 of the words arranged in ten categories. I've created an engaging printable page that students will use and refer back to frequently throughout their fifth grade year.
Printable list of 200 5th Grade Vocabulary Words
As a former sixth grade teacher, I know my job would have been much easier, if most of my incoming students had known these words...or even HALF of them! I realize that 200 5th grade vocabulary words is a lot to put on students all at once. So here are a few tips:
I've chosen 100 words from the big list above and arranged them in useful categories to help students quickly understand their meanings. Students can keep their own copies of the list in their desks, notebooks, lockers or at home to review frequently.
Here's a peek at the printable page. The full version also appears below.
Remember, these 5th grade vocabulary words are ones that students should be comfortable using orally. As students become more comfortable in this, expect them to use the words in their written work as well. Use the words frequently in home or classroom discussions. Write the words on the fridge or on the board to encourage their usage.
Sports: racquetball, croquet, snowboarding, slalom, curling, triathlon, archery, rugby, volleyball, snorkeling
canal, canyon, isthmus, plateau, tundra, terraces, savanna, quarry, oasis,
Social Studies: constitution, amendment, republic, province, naturalize,
commerce, monopoly, longitude, latitude, atomic energy
barometer, satellite, marsupial, plankton, wetland, deforestation, pulley, instinct,
congruent, axis, coordinate, probability, simplifying, rhombus, trapezoid,
Adjectives: heroic, legible, hilarious, equivalent, significant, vertical, horizontal, hostile, scarce, edible
Verbs: chomp, accomplish, investigate, hesitate, huddle, tremble, nudge, identify, cherish, affirm
Adverbs: curiously, merrily, anxiously, punctually, awkwardly, diligently, fervently, quizzically, jubilantly, victoriously
People: archaeologist, cartographer, descendant, software engineer, diplomat, paralegal, geologist, electrician, historian, pioneer
Fruits: kiwi, mangoes,
apricot, passionfruit, nectarine, avocados, coconut, kumquat, pomegranate,
Choose from these extension activities to give your child/students extra practice with the 5th grade vocabulary words. Add more activities of your own.
1) Find one pair of adjectives on the list with opposite meanings. Can you find another pair of words from a different category with similar meanings? How are the word pairs alike? How are they different?
2) Research the jobs of a diplomat, a cartographer and a geologist to find out what each one does, if you don't know already. Write a few sentences about which career you would choose of these three, and why.
3) Write a sentence or two about some of these topics:
4) Work with a partner or family helper to write a one-page article about your favorite marsupial. Draw a picture to go with your article.
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Q: What are some typical categories of words for 5th grade vocabulary?
A: 5th grade vocab words can fall into subject area categories, such as science, social studies, math and parts of speech, like adjectives, verbs, and adverbs. General topics may include people/occupations, sports, music, places, fruits, other foods and many, many more.
Q: What's a short list of 5th grade words that are good for both vocabulary building and spelling practice?
A: Here are 20 of my favorite words that fit this description: isthmus, plateau, constitution, amendment, divisibility, trapezoid, marsupial, plankton, archaeologist, descendant, racquetball, slalom, pomegranate, avocados, equivalent, hilarious, accomplish, investigate, quizzically, and awkwardly.
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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