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Sixth Grade Spelling Words

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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?

1.
 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

Scroll through our list of 300 sixth grade spelling words, or skip ahead to more sixth grade spelling resources

1. accept

2. accidentally

3. acquire

4. ambulance

5. ancient

6. appearance

7. appointment

8. arithmetic

9. audience

10. autumn

11. beautifully

12. beliefs

13. blown

14. bough

15. bows

16. calendar

17. canyon

18. capable

19. capacity

20. caution

21. ceiling

22. champion

23. choir

24. cleanse

25. combination

26. comfortable

27. community

28. complain

29. concentration

30. concern

31. connection

32. constitution

33. contagious

34. conversation

35. cooperation

36. correct

37. coupon

38. creative

39. creature

40. crisis

41. culture

42. curious

43. dangerous

44. decision

45. demonstrate

46. denominator

47. department

48. departure

49. depth

50. descendant

51. disagreement

52. disastrous

53. discussion

54. distance

55. distributed

56. earliest

57. echoes

58. edition

59. educate

60. electricity

61. element

62. elevator

63. emergency

64. employer

65. emptiness

66. encouragement

67. encyclopedia

68. entire

69. entrance

70. envelope

71. equator

72. especially

73. establish

74. example

75. excellent

76. excitement

77. exercise

78. experience

79. exterior

80. familiar

81. faucet

82. fierce

83. fireproof

84. following

85. forgetting

86. forgiveness

87. fossil

88. freight

89. frighten

90. fuel

91. further

92. gallon 

93. gaze

94. gesture

95. governor

96. graduation

97. grateful

98. grief

99. halves

100. hamburger

101. hangar

102. hanger

103. happiness

104. headache

105. heroes

106. history

107. honorable

108. horizon

109. hunger

110. hyphen

111. ignore

112. imagination

113. immediate

114. importance

115. improvement

116. independence

117. ingredient

118. injury

119. inquire

120. instead

121. instruction

122. intermission

123. interview

124. invisible

125. invitation

126. involve

127. jealous

128. junior

129. knowledge

130. lawyer

131. league

132. legal

133. liberty

134. liquid

135. listening

136. loaves

137. location

138. luggage

139. manager

140. manner

141. manor

142. marriage

143. meant

144. mechanic

145. medicine

146. mention

147. minus

148. minute

149. mistaken

150. misunderstand

151. mixture

152. mourn

153. multiple

154. muscle

155. museum

156. musician

157. mute

158. myth

159. nationality

160. negative

161. noisy

162. noticeable

163. novel

164. numerator

165. obtain

166. occur

167. official

168. operate

169. original

170. outline

171. partial

172. passenger

173. patient

174. penalty

175. penguin

176. percent

177. performance

178. personal

179. persuade

180. physical

181. piano

182. plumber

183. poem

184. poet

185. policy

186. pollute

187. pollution

188. popular

189. population

190. positive

191. potatoes

192. predict

193. prefer

194. pressure

195. prevent

196. principal

197. private

198. project

199. pumpkins

200. purchase

201. purse

202. quote

203. radius

204. rapid

205. ratio

206. realize

207. recently

208. recycle

209. reduce

210. referred

211. regardless

212. regular

213. rehearse

214. relief

215. relieve

216. remarkable

217. remind

218. remote

219. replacement

220. replied

221. reply

222. requirements

223. rescue

224. resident

225. resources

226. respectful

227. review

228. roam

229. routine

230. rumor

231. rural

232. safety

233. sailor

234. salute

235. satisfy

236. scarcely

237. scientific

238. scissors

239. selection

240. senior

241. sentence

242. separately

243. serious

244. session

245. shampoo

246. shelves

247. shorten

248. silent

249. simply

250. sketch

251. skillful

252. solar

253. sought

254. spaghetti

255. sponge

256. squawk

257. storage

258. strain

259. strategy

260. strength

261. strive

262. struggle

263. studios

264. success

265. suggestion

266. support

267. surrounded

268. sword

269. system

270. telephone

271. television

272. temperature

273. theme

274. themselves

275. therefore

276. thicken

277. thousand

278. threat

279. tomatoes

280. trophies

281. tutor

282. unbelievable

283. underneath

284. unite

285. vacuum

286. vain

287. variety

288. vary

289. vault

290. vegetable

291. vein

292. violence

293. visible

294. vision

295. waste

296. who’s

297. whose

298. wrestle

299. wrinkle

300. yield

Remember to get the pdf of all 300 words, with these three pages in all:

300 Sixth Grade Spelling Words - pg 1
300 Sixth Grade Spelling Words, Page 2
300 Sixth Grade Spelling Words - pg 3

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

More Sixth Grade Spelling Resources


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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.

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???

Search and Find Word Puzzles - Vicious Vowels

NEW!  Vicious Vowels Search and Find Word Puzzle - Look for 45 words with tricky vowel spellings in this fun word search puzzle! Built-in practice activities will enhance learning. Extension activities also included on the web page. Words appear on our list of sixth grade spelling words, but 4th grade through adult ages will enjoy this challenge!

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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.

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300 Commonly Misspelled Words

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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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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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?

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FAQs

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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