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Fifth Grade Spelling Words

5th Grade Spelling Words Chart

Our list of fifth grade spelling words has many uses!

Parents, use this list to give your child an extra boost in spelling. Practice words that are easily confused (capital/capitol, desert/dessert) and words with the same spelling patterns (cause/pause). Together, find the tricky words used correctly in real-life situations. Talk about the words. Use them in everyday conversation. Write them on a home chalkboard, tablets or text them to one another!

Decorated number 5

Teachers, refer to this list when you're looking for words to use in your own worksheets, spelling games and other language activities. Remember these words will be about right for most students. For some, you will need to supplement with easier words from my fourth grade list. Or perhaps you'll need to add more challenging words from my sixth or seventh grade list. It's always up to you!
Students, get a jump on your learning by studying this word list. Be sure you know the meaning of each word you learn to spell. 

List of Fifth Grade Spelling Words

Printable version of our Fifth Grade Spelling Words

action actor actually addition agreed
allowed aloud amendment amount amusement
annual appointed arrange attention awhile
beginning bruise business calves capital
capitol captain carefully caught cause
celebrate century chemical chocolate circle
climate climbed collar column company
condition consider consonant constant continent
continued country course crystal current
curtain daughter daytime decided decimal
delicious desert dessert details determine
dictionary difference different difficult direction
disappoint division eighth election elements
energy enjoyment equal equation errands
exact except expect explain explode
express factory fault favorite finally
finished forward fought fraction furniture
future general government graceful graph
grasp grease grown-ups guest guide
happened happily harvest healthy height
hoarse human idea imagine include
increase indicate information instrument intention
interesting inventor island jewel journey
jungle knives known language laughter
length limb located lumber major
mammal manufacture material mayor measure
melody members memories message method
million minor modern mountain music
natural necessary neither newspaper northern
notebook notice noun numeral
observe opposite orphan ought outside
oxygen paid paint paragraph pattern
pause payment perhaps period permit
phone phrase pleasant pleasure plural
poison position possible practice prepared
president probably problem process produce
program promise property protection provide
puzzle quickly quietly radio raise
rarely rather reached receive record
region relax remain remove repay
repeat report represent respond result
rhythm rising ruin salad sandal
scale scent schedule science section
separate service settled several shadow
shelter shoulder shouted shower signal
similar sincerely single size slippery
soar soil solution solve southern
split spoiled sports square squeeze
stain state statement station steer
stomach stopping straight straighten stream
stretched suggest suitcase sunset supply
sure surface surprise surround sweater
syllable syrup tablet tasty teaspoon
terrible though thoughtful thrown tornado
toward traffic trail treasure treatment
triangle trouble tunnel type understood
unknown usually value various warn
weigh weight weird western whisper
whoever whole whose wives women
wonderful wound wreck x-ray yesterday

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Fifth Grade Spelling Words and Activities will provide excelling spelling practice with 240 grade-level words across 12 topical units. Lots of different activities are provided to make learning enjoyable. Learn more and download free sample pages here. Also available for Sixth Grade.

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5th Grade Vocabulary Words - BIG list of 200 grade 5 vocabulary words!!! 100 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? This list is a great supplement to the list of fifth grade spelling words. 

Free and Printable Word Searches- Fun 
Compound Words

NEW! Compound Word Search - Students will put picture pairs together to form twenty compound words. For instance, a COW plus a BELL equals COWBELL. Some of the words aren't quite so obvious. Once students have formed all twenty compounds, they will need to locate each  word in the word search puzzle diagram. Double the puzzles, double the learning, double the fun!

Word Search Printable Puzzles - Double Take 250

NEW! Double Take - One of our newest word search puzzles printable! This is TWO fun puzzles in one! First you must finish spelling the words on the word list by inserting the correct pair of missing double letters. There are 42 words in all, and many possible combinations, but only one that works! When you've finished that puzzler, then you can search for all 42 in the word search puzzle. How long will it take you to complete this double take/double treat???

More Fifth Grade Spelling Resources

5th Grade Spelling Bee Words - Prepare your child for a spelling bee competition with this word list.

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Croaky Meets the Plumber and Extra Letters Worksheets: Students chose the correctly spelled words to complete an interesting story or eliminate extra letters to solve a word puzzle.

Fifty-Fifty - Fun word game for kids. Older students earn points as they engage in word play and spelling fun.

Don't miss our AnyWord spelling practice series which you're going to love! Students can insert almost any set of spelling words into the pages to complete puzzles, writing prompts and even partner games!

Fifth Grade Writing Prompts


I've written two sets of engaging writing prompts, aligned with our fifth grade spelling word list.  Use these stimulating prompts anytime throughout the year for fun spelling and writing practice!

tall, thin teacher with a long purple dress, big glasses, and a ruler

Set #1 - Twelve engaging prompts featuring a magic frog act, a birthday surprise, Different Day and nine more!

Set #2 - Twelve more writing prompts for 5th grade, featuring a sneaky mouse in the principal's office,  mysterious bubbles and more. 

smiling fifth grade girl sitting at her desk

Free Brain Teasers - Take a look at our extensive collection of spelling brain teasers. Build critical thinking skills while providing spelling practice. We have teasers at two levels.

Spelling Homework - 40 ideas to practice fifth grade spelling words, or words for any grade!

Cartoon of a broadcast of the evening news

Spelling Quizzes from the Evening News - 4 fun spelling exercises. Can your students find and correct all the mistakes in these news reports?

Don't miss my brand-new crosswords! I've written a collection of easy crosswords, and some more difficult ones, too. 

bee surrounded by letters SPELLING

Spelling Bee Games - Try one of our new Silent Spelling Bee variations. A fun--and quiet--twist on  a classic game!

Another Spelling Bee Game - Students step up to victory as they help their team advance in this fun new game. 

See our entire collections of Spelling Word Games and Spelling Worksheets!

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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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