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Common Core Standards

Ideas for Teaching Literacy Standards for Spelling

Teaching common core standards can be fun for you and your students! 

Here at Spelling-Words-Well, we’ve earned a reputation for creating fun, worthwhile ideas for teaching important spelling skills. Now we’ve aligned some of the games and worksheets across our site to the Common Score Standards.

See the official website of the Common Core State Standards to view the details of each standard. Then scan this list of resources to find exactly what you need.

Kindergarten Common Core Standards

two socks

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.1c  (Regular plural nouns)  One Sock, Two Socks – Super-simple lesson for teaching the correct spelling of regular plural nouns

 CCSS.ELA-Literacy L.K.2c  (Write letters for sounds) Phonics Flash Cards - Cute pictures and letters help to teach initial sounds

ABC Phonics Poem - A fun and funny way to learn about initial sounds!

the letter M with magician's hat & wand

Alphabet Printables – Letters to cut out and words to spell

Start the Picture – Supply the beginning consonants for simple words

Who Wants It? - A fun sing-song activity to help kids listen to match initial sounds to letters

Preschool Computer Game: Let your child sound out 3 words in each group, decide the first letter of all the words in the set, then click the big button to check his answer!

phonic game board

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.2d (Spell words phonetically)

Phonics Worksheets – Write simple words with short vowel sounds

Picture This – Phonics Game

What’s MissingSimple sight word game, with several variations

First Grade Common Core

musical horn with ribbons

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1b (Common, proper and possessive nouns)

What’s Yours? What’s Mine? – Convey the meaning and the spelling of possessive nouns in this simple lesson.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.2d (Common spelling patterns)

All About Me – Customized fun with words first graders use

Word Family Worksheets – More customizable reproducibles

Word Scrambles  A fun way to practice many familiar words

free phonics games - game board

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.2e (Phonetic spellings)

Picture Perfect – Fun phonics game with long vowel sounds

Roll It! – Students can make their own words with this fun activity

Fun Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1 and 2 – 50 reproducibles to build on LOTS of important spelling skills!

Second Grade Common Core

Christmas tree, valentine and jack-o-lantern

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.2a  (Capitalization)

S.I.P. -  Easy-to-teach lesson covers the of capitalization of holidays and brand names

CCSS.ELA-Literacy L.2.1b (Irregular plural nouns)

Spelling Crossword Puzzle – Students write the correct plural nouns into the puzzle.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy L.2.2c   (Contractions)

Contraction Action – Fun worksheets to form and use contractions. Calendar words are on this page, too!

Third Grade Standards

two cute sheep

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1b (Irregular plural nouns)  

Spelling Crossword Puzzle – Students write the correct plural nouns into the puzzle

 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.2e (High-frequency words, suffixes)

Mini-word search puzzles – Give students practice in finding the correct spellings of troublesome words

word search in the shape of an 8

 List of suffixes and words that use them – Use this handy reference list in your own lessons with common core standards

 AnyWord eBooks – 3 eBooks of printables that can be used with almost any list of spelling words!

CCSS.ELA-Literacy L.3.2g – Using Reference Materials

Dictionary Spelling Tips – Some of these tips for older students are worth sharing with your elementary students, too!

Fourth Grade Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1g  (Frequently-confused words) 

Homonym Practice - 25 sets of important homonyms for your students to learn and practice. All are presented with definitions and sample sentences. A great way to improve spelling!

More Homonym Practice - Here's more help with spelling in Part 2 of our Homonym List, again presented with definitions and sample sentences.

green playing die

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.2d   (Spell grade-appropriate words correctly)

List of 4th grade spelling words and activities - Use this directory to find 300 fourth grade spelling words, along with worksheets and games to learn them! You'll find lots of ways to implement the Common Core Standards here.

Shady Spelling - A printable partner game, ready-to-go for you at three different levels of difficulty!

Fifth Grade Common Core Standards

open dictionary page

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.2e   (Spell grade-appropriate words correctly)

List of 5th grade spelling words and activities - Use this directory to find 300 fifth grade spelling words, along with worksheets and games to learn them!

 Missing Letters and In Between - Build spelling and vocabulary skills in your fifth grade students with these simple ideas.

Remember, there are lots of great ways to strength your students spelling skills. Be sure to try our Spelling Word Games and Spelling Worksheets!


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Think a Spell brain teaser eBook

Think-A-Spell! A fun collection of brain teasers and spelling challenges. Best for ages 10 to adult. 

AnyWord Spelling Practice eBooks

AnyWord Spelling Practice Series Worksheets, Games and Prompts that work with almost ANY spelling words!

Fun Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1-2

Fun Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1 and 2    50 All-new reproducible pages for early learners!

Gigantic 78 cover 275 px

Gigantic Spelling Bee Word Lists with definitions, sentences and languages

Spelling Bee Toolbox Gr 35 cover 275 px

Spelling Bee Toolboxes for Grades 3/5 and 6/8   All the resources you need for a successful bee! 

monumental grade 56 cover 275px

Monumental Spelling Bee Word Lists for grades 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 with definitions, sentences and languages

mammoth grade 34 cover 275 px

Mammoth Spelling Bee Word Lists  for grades 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8  with sentences, definitions, and languages

Young Spellers cover 275 px

Young Spellers Spelling Bee Word List for Grades 1 & 2 only 

100 Diff Words Vol 1 275 px

100 Difficult Spelling Bee Words with Definitions, Sentences and Pronunciations, Volumes 1 and 2

600 Spelling Bee Words & Sentences

600 Spelling Bee Words & Sentences for Gr 3/5 & 6/8 Extra words & sentences at two levels

101 Word Play Puzzlers 275 px

101 Word Play Puzzlers   Discover the FUN of letters & words as you solve each unique puzzle. Great vocabulary & spelling practice!