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Lists, Rules, Games, Activities and More!

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You'll need Spelling Bee Words and lots more to pull off a successful classroom or school-wide spelling competition! That's why I've pulled together a wide array of resources to make your job easier here at Spelling Words Well.

First, and most importantly, I've compiled TONS of spelling bee word lists!!!  Since 2010, I've been compiling a huge database of interesting words, sorted by grade level. I comb big fat dictionaries, on the lookout for spectacular words. I also look at online lists and grade level subject-matter texts, I read news articles,  and I listen to conversations, all with a view to collecting more words. 

The entirety of my research eventually gets boiled down into the lists you will find here, and all across this website. Expert word lists are the backbone of Spelling Words Well!

Spelling Bee Words by Grade Level

Each spelling bee list contains 100 - 120 words, arranged generally from easiest to most difficult. 

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 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!

Please check out my growing sets of Vocabulary Words, too! It's important for students to expand their oral and written vocabularies by frequently learning the meanings of new words, as well as their spellings. 

Spelling Bee eBooks

Two Spelling Bee Toolbox eBook covers

Need more words with sentences, rules, award certificates, and lots of organizational tips? Please consider purchasing our exclusive Spelling Bee Toolbox, for grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. Each one contains 620 grade-appropriate Bee Words, used in sentences, and all the resources you need for a successful spelling bee! You'll get rules for three different kinds of bees, spelling bee award certificates, a recorder's chart, a list of common spelling rules, a sample parent letter and press release, spelling worksheets to provide your students with extra practice, and MORE!  Learn more.

The Mammoth Spelling Bee eBooks

Mammoth  Spelling Bee Word Lists are available for grades 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8. Each list contains 400 words with definitions, sentences, language of origin and parts of speech for each word. I've done all the research so you don't have to! Lists are available in both Word and Excel. 

Find more Spelling Word lists in my store

Spelling Bee Resources

What is a spelling bee? How many students can participate, how many words do you need? Read our FAQs here. Submit more questions of your own!

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If you're planning a full-scale spelling bee, you'll find our Spelling Bee organizational tips to be helpful. I'll show you what needs to be done and when!

Especially for students, I've compiled a list of long-term spelling bee practice ideas and another list of short-term spelling bee practice tips. A printable version of these tips is included for your convenience.

Use our basic spelling bee rules to run your next classroom spelling competition. I cover the basics in a concise list.

These practice words & worksheets will provide lots of important practice with words your students need to learn. Fun worksheets keep things interesting!

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To make things really simple, I've designed some special Spelling Bee Clip Art  to dress up your parent letters and student handouts.

I even have coordinating free spelling bee certificates to make it easy for you to recognize your students' hard work and successes! Most can be printed in color or black and white.

You'll find a special spelling bee certificate for grades three through six as well. I think you'll like my whimsical assortment of bees, as well as some of my more serious designs. Remember, these are all FREE. All you need to do is hit the PRINT button!

Motivate your students by sharing some facts about the most famous spelling bee of all, the Scripps Spelling Bee.

Wondering how to pay for your spelling bee? Check out these ideas.

Spelling Bee Games

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Spelling Bee "Pop" Quizzes - Fun ways for your students to prepare for the big spelling bee ahead. Try at least one of these this week!

Online Spelling Bee Game - Test your knowledge of some challenging spelling words. What score will you earn?

Here's another fun spelling bee quiz you're sure to love!  Look carefully at three tricky words. Choose the ONE that contains a spelling error. Check you answer on the spot!

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If you're looking for a different twist on the conventional spelling bee, try one of these fun new games. They provide a good way to practice spelling words, which is the whole point, right?

Step Up is a fun spelling bee team game. When all the team members spell correctly, the team moves ahead. It can be used with any set of words and can be used with most grades.

Silent Spelling Bee Games  It's a whole different game when students are working silently! I think you'll like this twist.

Kids will enjoy practicing for spelling bees when you let them try one of our classroom spelling word games.

Spelling Bee Ninja

The Spelling Bee Ninja is a great way to study spelling bee words! It was developed by a good friend of mine. It's easy-to-use-software that allows you or your child to check spelling skills on any grade level of spelling words. You can even add more words of your own to the massive database of words. Check out Ninja's free version, or purchase the expanded version for even more features. 

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.

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 brain teaser eBook

Think-A-Spell! A fun collection of brain teasers and spelling challenges. Best for ages 10 to adult. 

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Gigantic Spelling Bee Word Lists with definitions, sentences and languages

Spelling Bee Toolbox Gr 35 cover 275 px

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

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Monumental Spelling Bee Word Lists for grades 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 with definitions, sentences and languages

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Mammoth Spelling Bee Word Lists  for grades 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8  with sentences, definitions, and languages

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Young Spellers Spelling Bee Word List for Grades 1 & 2 only 

100 Diff Words Vol 1 275 px

100 Difficult Spelling Bee Words with Definitions, Sentences and Pronunciations, Volumes 1 and 2

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 275 px

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