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Lots of spelling word lists from Spelling Words Well

I've gathered spelling word lists from all over my site into this one convenient page. Just choose the grade level or the topic you need from the list below.  You'll find free printable lists at each link.

NEW! I've just added challenging word lists for grades 10, 11 and 12. 

Not Sure Where to Start?

Use our printable spelling lists of 30 sample words at each grade level. Follow the instructions there to get a rough idea of the best place to start your student.

Grade-Level Spelling Word Lists

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Sight word lists - An assortment of the building-block words in English for preK - grade 3. See how quickly your children can READ and understand these words first. Then, work on spelling. It won't take long!

Spelling for Kindergarten - Suggested starter word lists for your early learners, along with practical ideas for choosing the best spelling words and teaching them effectively. Kindergarteners are ready to spell a few words each week, especially with a family helper!

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1st grade spelling word list - An all-purpose list of 200 words for first graders to learn throughout the year. My list includes sight words, short and long vowel words, and important words that will help students to begin to build meaningful sentences.  I have also compiled have these two shorter lists of 1st grade words:

3rd grade spelling word list chart

2nd grade spelling words - 175 important words for second graders to use in oral and written practice, for spelling games and worksheets. These words were carefully chosen after researching both online and hard-copy published resources.

3rd grade spelling words - 200 fundamental words for third graders to study and use. Think of these as launching points! Once kids master the words on this list, you can easily find more that fall in the same word family or on the same topics that are just a bit more difficult.

4th grade spelling words - 300 useful words for kids with growing vocabularies, gleaned from textbooks and leading online resources. I've included compound words, tricky homophones, and more. Fourth graders are learning rapidly as their subject areas studies become more complex. 

Be sure to download our list of 100 Tricky Elementary Spelling Words!

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5th grade spelling words - 300 words to help your students succeed! This list includes those easily confused word pairs such as capital and capitol, desert and dessert, and tricky spellings such as rhythm, dictionary, and schedule

6th grade spelling words - Another set of 300 words for your students to learn and practice. You'll find more challenging suffixes and prefixes, as well as even more subject area words.

7th grade spelling words - 300 words that provide practice in important grade-level words. By now many students should have a strong foundation. By they still need to work on new vocabulary words, frequently misspelled words, and confusions such as -ible and -able.

8th grade spelling words - 250 challenging words for the growing vocabularies of junior high students. What can be better than knowing how to use and spell words  like phenomenon, meticulous, and voracious?

9th grade spelling words - 200 words, tough enough to challenge most adults! Your students will gain confidence in their writing when they learn to use and spell words like ubiquitous, idiosyncrasy, rococo and more.

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Get your brain in gear to try these new, tough word lists!

More Spelling Word Lists

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. 

172 Hard Words to Spell  Study what makes these words (and so many others) so difficult to spell! Improve your spelling skills as you master the challenge words on this list. Learn more about unfamiliar words, words with tricky vowel combinations, silent consonants, double consonants and more. Follow the links to additional word lists and study tools!  Words on the list include abecedarian, absquatulate, boutonniere, cappuccino, connoisseur, diaphanous, impuissance, logorrhea, pastiche, psephology, querulous, rinceau, terpsichorean, and many, many more. 

Home Spelling Words - 100 Spelling Words of items commonly found in and around the home, along with some extension activities to help your kids master these important words. 

"Because" misspelled as "becuase"

102 Most Frequently Misspelled Words - If you study just one word list on our site, it should be this one. It contains words we use often. They're words you'll want to get right every time! 

Difficult English Spelling Words - Our list of 285 words spelled with IE and EI . Use this list to learn and practice the words you use most. Expand your skills and vocabulary with words you don't know. Use our free Step by Step spelling lesson plans to learn more about mastering these words.

Please note: Our lists fit general guidelines. Curricula and students' abilities vary widely. So be sure to check more than one grade level to find exactly the words you need.

AnyWord Complete Set of 3 Books

Looking for a great way to practice all these spelling words? Check out our AnyWord Book Series! Three eBooks of fun worksheets, games and partner activities that you can use with Any Spelling Words!

Spelling Bee Word Lists

Find our spelling bee word lists for grades 2-8 here.

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If you need a lot of words, please take a look at our Spelling Bee Toolboxes. Each eBook contains 600 words and sentences, plus spelling bee rules, tips, certificates, and student helps. It's really the only resource you'll need for a successful spelling bee!

Spelling Skill-Building Aids

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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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Think a Spell brain teaser eBook

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

AnyWord Spelling Practice eBooks

AnyWord Spelling Practice Series Worksheets, Games and Prompts that work with almost ANY spelling words!

Fun Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1-2

Fun Spelling Worksheets for Grades 1 and 2    50 All-new reproducible pages for early learners!

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Gigantic Spelling Bee Word Lists with definitions, sentences and languages

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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!