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Sixth Grade Spelling Words

sixth grade spelling words

You'll notice that our sixth grade spelling words look a lot more difficult than our fifth grade spelling words! Why is the difficulty level so much greater?

 Students' vocabularies are increasing rapidly.
2.  Sixth graders are using words with more and more prefixes and suffixes. (Examples: unbelievable, independence)
3.  Other subject areas, like math and science, require students to know how to spell harder words. (Examples: denominator, pollution)

List of Sixth Grade Spelling Words

Printable version of our Sixth Grade Spelling Words

accept accidentally acquire ambulance
ancient appearance appointment arithmetic
audience autumn beautifully beliefs
blown bough bows calendar
canyon capable capacity caution
ceiling champion choir cleanse
combination comfortable community complain
concentration concern connection constitution
contagious conversation cooperation correct
coupon creative creature crisis
culture curious dangerous decision
demonstrate denominator department departure
depth descendant disagreement disastrous
discussion distance distributed earliest
echoes edition educate electricity
element elevator emergency employer
emptiness encouragement encyclopedia entire
entrance envelope equator especially
establish example excellent excitement
exercise experience exterior familiar
faucet fierce fireproof following
forgetting forgiveness fossil freight
frighten fuel further gallon
gaze gesture governor graduation
grateful grief halves hamburger
hangar hanger happiness headache
heroes history honorable horizon
hunger hyphen ignore imagination
immediate importance improvement independence
ingredient injury inquire instead
instruction intermission interview invisible
invitation involve jealous junior
knowledge lawyer league legal
liberty liquid listening loaves
location luggage manager manner
manor marriage meant mechanic
medicine mention minus minute
mistaken misunderstand mixture mourn
multiple muscle museum musician
mute myth nationality negative
noisy noticeable novel numerator
obtain occur official operate
original outline partial passenger
patient penalty penguin percent
performance personal persuade physical
piano plumber poem poet
policy pollute pollution positive
potatoes predict prefer pressure
prevent principal private project
pumpkins purchase purse quote
radius rapid ratio realize
recently recycle reduce referred
regardless regular rehearse relief
relieve remarkable remind remote
replacement replied reply requirement
rescue resident resources respectful
review roam routine rumor
rural safety sailor salute
satisfy scarcely scientific scissors
selection senior sentence separately
serious session shampoo shelves
shorten silent simply sketch
skillful solar sought spaghetti
sponge squawk storage strain
strategy strength strive struggle
studios success suggestion support
surrounded sword system telephone
television temperature theme themselves
therefore thicken thousand threat
tomatoes trophies tutor unbelievable
underneath unite vacuum vain
variety vary vault vegetable
vein violence visible vision
waste who's whose wrestle
wrinkle yield

If these sixth grade words aren't quite right, try these:

More Sixth Grade Spelling Resources

Sixth Grade Spelling Word Lists and Activities

Sixth Grade Spelling Word Lists and Activities provide extra practice for your students with 240 spelling words, using a wide range of activities. Go to the full description page where you can view samples and purchase your own copy immediately! Great for home school, remote learning and in-person classrooms. Also available for Fifth Grade.

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6th Grade Spelling Bee Words - Prepare your child for a spelling bee competition with this word list.

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Try using our dictation sentences for a fun way to practice sixth grade spelling words!  I've composed twenty grade-appropriate sentences, using spelling words from this list for you to use as a dictation exercise. Use a few or a lot at any time! Use my sentences as models to write more of your own. Tips included for giving dictation.

Cryptogram Worksheet: Puzzle page for upper grades. Includes instructions so students, parents or teachers can make more cryptogram puzzles with any word list. You really have to know how to spell well to write and solve these fun, challenging word puzzles. If you really like cryptogram puzzles, please visit my other website!

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NEW!   300 Commonly Misspelled Words - Skim this long list of words to find the ones you misspell the most often. Then follow the tips on this page to master their correct spellings. Why make the same mistakes over and over again when you CAN improve your spelling skills?! A free printable page is included, along with many additional helpful resources. 

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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.

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Wacky packages! - Find the spelling errors on these whimsical boxes.  One of our most popular pages! Students must carefully read a box of frozen waffels (?) or a bored (?) game box for more wacky misspelled words. Kids LOVE to find other people's mistakes!

Find the Right Words: Students identify correctly spelled words in a list and then find them in a fun word search puzzle.

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Our Spelling Bee Toolbox eBooks are comprehensive resources for anyone who wants a simple way to put together a classroom, all-school or multi-school spelling bee. One volume is written for Grades 3-5; the other is customized for Grades 6-8. SAVE when you purchase both!

Each eBook contains 600 words and sentences, rules, award certificates, organizational tips, student helps and much more. We also offer additional sets of 600 spelling bee words and sentences for those who don't need all the other bells and whistles. Also, see our 100 Difficult Words for Spelling Bees that includes definitions, pronunciations, sentences and more.

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

We have a wide assortment of Spelling Worksheets and Spelling Word Games. You may also be interested in our resources for 7th-9th grade.


Q: What are 20 of the most common sixth grade spelling words?

A: accidentally, ancient, beliefs, capacity, cooperation, descendant, electricity, governor, honorable, immediate, inquire, league, medicine, noticeable, persuade, radius, scientific, system, temperature, vacuum

Q: What types of words should students master by sixth grade?

A: Most sixth graders will be able to spell the easier homophones, most  abbreviations, all calendar words and all number words. 

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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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Sixth Grade Spelling Words and Activities eBook

Sixth Grade Word Lists & Activities: 240 Superb words and lots of learning activities! No printer needed. Also available for fifth grade.  Learn more>>

Anyword Spelling Practice eBooks from www.spelling-words-well.com

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