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Spelling Bee word lists

Each spelling bee word list here will be helpful for students to study at home, and for teachers to use in their classroom competitions. I think you'll really like the handy lists of grade-level words I've compiled. Spelling bee lists have been my forte for the past decade. 

Parents, quiz your students on these words, a few at a time. Start with your child's current grade level, then work your way up to higher-level lists. You'll be surprised at how quickly kids can improve their spelling with regular practice!

So take your time, scroll through all the possibilities, and choose the lists that you most need. Feel free to print and use as many as you like! Don't miss my eBooks of longer spelling bee word lists for longer competitions. 

Spelling-Words-Well has been THE go-to internet resource for teachers, parents and students since 2010. I've combed the best resources (dictionaries, hard-copy books and online sources) to compile stellar, grade-level lists of spelling bee words for all ages. Please contact me if you have questions. 



Spelling Bee Words List with pronunciations and meanings from www.spelling-words-well.com

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 25 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!


A Spelling Bee Word List by Grade Level

Spelling Bee image and letters

Each of grade-level spelling bee lists contain 100 - 120 words, arranged generally from easiest to most difficult. Each word list can be used on its own for a classroom spelling bee or for practice for a larger competition.

Shown below are just a few words from my longer lists of 100 grade-level spelling bee words. Find the web page and full, printable version for each one by clicking on the link.

Here's a sample from the 2nd grade spelling bee list:

bake, must, fried, rip, sea, chase, bee, seven, counting, write, steer, tenth, they, fight, birthday

Here's a sample from my 3rd grade spelling bee list.

flies, crawl, happen, I've, build, raised, smiling, merry, voice, finish, heard, Saturday, suit, school, stretch

This is a sample from the 4th grade bee list.

earth, fever, useful, zebra, cottage, evening, copying, usual, pioneer, noise, terrible, surprise, libraries, quarter, discover

This sample comes from my 5th grade spelling bee list.

different, language, mammal, dessert, favorite, stomach,  probably, neither, numeral, million, message, except, laughter, inventor, journey

These are words from my 6th grade bee word list.

especially, league, ancient, nationality, vault, honorable, acquire, vacuum, persuade, mechanic, requirement, disastrous, scissors, vegetable, accidentally

The 7th grade word list contains these 20 words, plus 80 more.

authority, consequently, quotation, celery, phantom, statistics, endurance, competent, influence, courtesy, havoc, parallel, advantageous, souvenir, questionnaire


Finally, here's a sampling from my 8th grade spelling bee word list.

deficiency, outrageous, rectangular, honorary, vertigo, malady, parliament, necessity, recurrent, ominous, ubiquitous, potpourri, vivacious, vacillate, permeate



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Try this new list of 25 Hard Spelling Bee Words and Definitions. How many of these do you know?


The Spelling Bee Toolboxes

The Spelling Bee Toolboxes


My 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.

Each eBook contains 620 words and sentences, rules for 3 different kinds of bees, B/W and color award certificates, recorder's chart, instructions for all spelling bee officials, organizational tips, list of 100 study words for students, worksheets for extra practice, spelling rules, games and activities, and more! Valued at over $100 each. Visit the sales page for extra savings when you purchase both volumes and/or multiple school licensing. 

100 Difficult Spelling Bee Words

100 Difficult Spelling Bee Words in 2 volumes

My eBook of 100 Difficult Spelling Bee Words contains brand new, extra-challenging words, not used in my other resources. It includes pronunciations, languages of origin, parts of speech, definitions, and sentences. Great for the final rounds of your spelling bees or for adult bees. Learn more here>>>.

Mammoth Spelling Bee Word Lists

Try the Mammoth Spelling Bee Word Lists. Available for grades 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8. Each list has 400 words plus definitions, parts of speech, sentences and language of origin. Each list contains words not found in any of my other eBooks. Available in Excel for your convenience and maximum flexibility!

How about some spelling puzzles?

Give your students some extra FUN practice with tricky spelling words as they complete these enjoyable spelling word puzzles. Printable versions and answers are included for each puzzle. 

Find the Misspellings Crossword for early learners

Find the Misspellings Crossword  Kids love to find mistakes! To complete this page, they'll need to find one misspelled word in each sentence and write it correctly in the puzzle. Suitable for early grades.

Number Crossword - Practice the correct spelling of 20 number words in this simple crossword for early learners.

"Which One Is It? Crossword puzzle

Which One Is It?  Don’t try to solve this tricky puzzle while you’re blindfolded. Instead, use what you know about correct spelling! Upper grade students will choose the one word that is spelled correctly and write it in the puzzle. 

Spelling Bee Challenge - In this unique fill-in crossword, upper elementary/junior high students will need to place 32 difficult spelling bee words. How many of these words can your students spell and/or define? This is a great way for students to fly solo with some fun spelling bee prep! 

Spelling Bee Prizes

Reward your best spellers with one of these fantastic prizes!

Spelling Bee Awards from the Zazzle Store of Spelling Words Well

These make a great prizes for spelling bee winners or any good spellers!  Prices vary by style and quantity. Products often go on sale, and I sometimes add new products, so check back often at my Zazzle store.


The Scripps National Spelling Bee

Did you ever wonder how those brave spellers make it the final round and spell in front of millions of viewers on national television? Read my summary of The Scripps Spelling Bee to learn more.

For more information on grade-level spelling, click on the appropriate nav bar at the left. For each of these grades, we have longer lists of spelling words, classroom practice ideas, games and spelling worksheets.

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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Think-a-Spell eBook from www.spelling-words-well.com

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Joyous Christmas Puzzlers

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300 Spelling Bee Word Lists by Grade Level

 300 Spelling Bee Words by Grade Level, with definitions, sentences and languages


Spelling Bee Toolbox eBooks

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


Mammoth Spelling Bee Word Lists

Mammoth Spelling Bee Word Lists    with sentences, definitions, and languages


Monumental Spelling Bee Word Lists

Monumental Spelling Bee Word Lists with definitions, sentences and languages


Young Spellers Spelling Bee Word List

Young Spellers Spelling Bee Word List for Grades 1 & 2 


100 Difficult Spelling Bee Words eBooks

100 Difficult Spelling Bee Words, Definitions & Sentences  My toughest lists, for upper grades and adults!


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 eBook

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