Spelling Bee Lists for Upper Grades
New words for 2023-24
Are you a teacher
looking for spelling bee lists to use in your next classroom competition? Or perhaps you're a
parent or student trying to "study ahead" on some typical spelling bee words. Either way, this list should help! I've carefully compiled this list after researching a number of online and in-print resources.
features 120 spelling bee words for 8th grade. It's a
study list for students in 6th,
7th and 8th grades. Use
the links below to find my lists for other grades.
Printable spelling bee list for 8th grade
Note: You may wish to adjust this list for your group of students. Feel free to substitute a few easier words or insert some more difficult words.
1. Give students lots of practice in oral spelling before competitions. Ask students to spell words frequently aloud, even from their seats, for a bit of "performance" practice.
2. Be sure to use spelling bee words in sentences
when quizzing students. For instance, bizarre,
should be clarified so it won't be confused with bazaar: The dog's
behavior was so bizarre, the veterinarian knew it was gravely
3. One set of tricky spelling words may be those that contain "extra" vowels, vowels that form their own syllable, or vowels that are frequently replaced with incorrect vowels. Troublesome words include: 'ancient
One of the best ways to learn some of these these words is to over-emphasize the problematic vowel when pronouncing the words. For instance, teach your student to say:
- vegetable: Say "vej-EH-tuh-buhl"
- familiar: Say "fuh-mil-E-yer" or "fuh-mil-I-yer"
- vacuum: Say "vac-you-oo-um"
We also have spelling bee lists for:
NEW! Spelling Bee Words List - 25 Challenging Spelling Bee Words with Pronunciations and Meanings! Teachers, use these for classroom warm-ups or competitions. Students, learn these before your next competition!
You may also enjoy this list of 50 Hard Spelling Bee Words and Definitions. This is required learning for anyone who wants to excel in an upper grade spelling competition. Please take time to learn the word meanings, along with the spellings!
Worksheets for More Spelling & Vocab Practice
At-TEN-tion! Complete the spellings of words with the letters TEN on this fun English worksheet. Great vocabulary and spelling practice! For grades 4-8.
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. Based on our sixth grade spelling word list.
8th Grade Worksheet featuring an ARMADILLO! Students must form a word for each clue using only the letters in ARMADILLO, then place the words correctly into the diagram. Great vocab and spelling practice!
Wacky Weather Cryptogram Worksheet: Puzzle page for upper grades. Includes instructions so students, parents or teachers can make more cryptogram puzzles with any word list. Grades 6-9.
Teachers: Need Another Spelling Bee List?
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.
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.
Or use our Monumental Bee Word Lists, if you're holding a competition in which you require definitions, parts of speech, language of origin and sentences. In each eBook, you'll find 400 all-new words!
If you're looking for more words to study, see our list of
misspelled words. Or take our Dictionery/dictionary
A: Scripps Spelling Bee has resources at https://spellingbee.com/. Many more free spelling bee lists can be found here at https://www.spelling-words-well.com/ At this site, lists for grades 2-8 are compiled by a veteran teacher and educational author.
A: 1) Students should have lots of practice spelling orally.
2) Students should learn words in context. They should listen carefully as words are used in sentences so they can distinguish between the words "capital" and "capitol" for example.
3) Students should practice challenging words: those with troublesome vowel combinations, silent consonants, and unfamiliar words.
A: YES! Students can play spelling bee games, and solve crosswords, word scrambles, cryptograms and almost any kind of word play game. All of these will help kids learn and remember how to spell tricky words!
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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.