You can use 9th grade worksheets to give your students practice with spelling and vocabulary skills. There are so many ways to give students at this level great practice, and many of them are actually fun!
I'm a big fan of word play, word puzzles and brain teasers. They help build higher-level thinking skills. Plus they're a nice change from ordinary worksheets.
Here are just two examples.
What makes this so hard? Try to solve it and you'll find out! First, there's no word list. Instead, students must look through the word puzzle, think about words they already know, and do a bit of guessing. These important clues are supplied:
Word scrambles don't sound all that challenging right? Well...what if you didn't know what kind of words you were unscrambling? Are the words going to spell the names of foods, animals, places, inventions or...?
On this printable 9th grade worksheet, you'll see that each set of scrambled words contains 8 lines. One of the words describes the topic. The other seven words can be unscrambled to spell words related to that topic.
Again, please try this yourself before you share it with your students!
You can easily
make your own throughout the year to give frequent spelling and
vocabulary practice! Better yet, you can ask students to
make these types of puzzles for you. Even the task of creating the
puzzle forces students to look carefully at the correct spellings of
all the words used in the puzzles!
Cryptogram Worksheet: Puzzle page for upper grades. Includes instructions so students, parents or teachers can make more cryptogram puzzles with any word list.
Antonym Antics - Vocabulary worksheet featuring antonyms and spelling. It's a unique format for your upper level students.
"Ex" Marks the Spot - Another great vocab worksheet upper grades.
So N "ICE" to Know You!: All the answers on this vocab page contain the letters ICE.
You may also find these word lists to be helpful. If you students can master the spellings of these words, they will be stronger writers.