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6th Grade Spelling Bee Words

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6th grade spelling bee words

Are you a teacher looking for some 6th 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 sixth grade spelling words. Either way, this list should help! 

Many words here come from our list of 300 sixth grade spelling words. Some words are from outside word lists. 

But beware! Many words at the end of the list are more difficult than our typical sixth grade words. Words are generally arranged from easiest to most difficult.

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

Printable list of 6th grade spelling bee words

1.      gallon   

2.       career   

3.       loaves   

4.       diagram   

5.       forehead   

6.       thousand   

7.       ability   

8.       importance   

9.       lawyer

10.      hyena

11.      personal

12.      absurd

13.      luggage

14.      fossil

15.      octagon

16.      improvement

17.      achieve

18.      liquid

19.      junior

20.      adobe

21.      halves

22.      quarry

23.      relief

24.      senator

25.      sponge

26.      coupon

27.      alien

28.      barricade

29.      skillful

30.      secrecy

31.      majority

32.      original

33.      advisory

34.      hydrogen

35.      adequacy

36.      fluent

37.      barbecue

38.      raisin

39.      knowledge

40.      radius

41.      macaroni

42.      invisible

43.      acceptance

44.      musician

45.      elevator

46.      vaccine

47.      cautious

48.      definitely

49.      equator

50.      physical

 51.       announcement               

52.       electricity   

53.       glacial   

54.       asteroid   

55.       exterior   

56.       beige   

57.       faucet   

58.       caramel   

59.       unnoticed 

60.      strategy

61.      circuit

62.      investigator

63.      referred

64.      blatant 

65.      wreckage

66.      numerator

67.      questionable

68.      katydid

69.      penguin

70.      opossum

71.      jaguar

72.      requirement

73.      deceitful

74.      cheddar

75.      awkwardness

76.      genetics

77.      basilica

78.      cathedral

79.      disinfectant

80.      vinegar

81.      walruses

82.      origami

83.      matinee

84.      anemometer

85.      bonsai

86.      chipotle

87.      larynx

88.      interrupt

89.      broccoli

90.      parentheses

91.      cologne

92.      confectionery

93.      morose

94.      platypus

95.      hypothesis

96.      commissariat

97.      descendent

98.      oblique

99.      playwright

100.      milquetoast

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.

Tips for Practicing Spelling Bee 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.

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.

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3. Stretch students' vocabulary. Introduce them to new words in daily conversation. Use a dictionary to find new words. Better yet, ask students to find words that are new to them and turn them in.  Here's my list of 6th grade vocabulary words that's already prepared! At the beginning of each week, post three of these new words, submitted by students, on the board. Ask the student to submitted each one to define the word and use it correctly in a sentence. Include these new vocabulary words in your weekly spelling quizzes. 

4. Consider rewarding students who submit a certain number of new vocab words, or who score very high on your spelling quizzes and vocab words. As the saying goes, "Nothing succeeds like success!"

We also have spelling bee lists for:

More Sixth Grade Spelling Resources

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You may also enjoy this list of 50 Hard Spelling Bee Words and Definitions. This is required learning for anyone who wants to excel in an upper grade spelling competition. Please take time to learn the word meanings, along with the spellings!

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New! Sixth Grade Spelling Word Lists and Activities - a brand new eBook written just for you! No printer required. Provides extra practice for home school, remote learning and classrooms. Learn more today

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For a change of pace, try one of my difficult spelling brain teasers. In The Message, students must find spelling errors and decode the hidden message! It's tricky enough for adults, but can YOUR students solve it? Maybe in pairs???

For more language practice try some of these Writing Prompts:


NEW! 105 Short Story Ideas for home or classroom use! Follow the calendar year with many seasonal and holiday prompts for middle grades on up. You'll always be ready with imaginative story ideas. Try some of these fresh ideas this week! 

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Writing Prompts for Middle School - Set #1 What is the best strategy for teaching your younger sibling to stay out of your bedroom? What would you miss most if you had no electricity for a week? You'll find ten more prompts on this fun printable page.

More 6th Grade Spelling Bee Words & Helps

The Spelling Bee Toolbox for Grades 3-5
Spelling Bee Toolbox for Grades 6-8

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! Learn more.

Mammoth Spelling Bee Word Lists

Or use our  Mammoth Spelling Bee Word Lists, if you're holding a competition in which you require definitions, parts of speech and sentences. In each eBook, you'll find 400 all-new words!

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

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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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