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Third Grade Worksheets
for Spelling Practice

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These third grade worksheets are just right for your developing spellers. The pages here focus on important words your kids need to spell correctly everyday, including those crucial calendar words AND common contractions.   View the screenshots, then print the full-sized worksheets.

Third Grade Worksheets


Calendar Clues

The first worksheet includes all-important calendar words. Clues contain scrambled words. The students have all the letters, but need to put them in the right order to complete the crossword correctly.

  Complete Printable Crossword Puzzle: Calendar Clues

Crossword Puzzle Answers

Calendar Clues Crossword, one of our third grade worksheets for spelling practice

Contraction Action!

Our contraction worksheets give your third graders lots of practice in spelling, writing and using some of the most common contractions. Here's a peek at the first printable page. Notice that kids will need to build each contraction three times. Then they will need to use those contractions correctly in sentences. Scroll on down the page to see the second contraction worksheet.

Printable Worksheet: Contraction Action 1
can't, didn't, doesn't, isn't, won't

Contraction Action, one of our fun third grade worksheets for spelling practice

Printable Worksheet: Contraction Action II
I've, I'm, we'll, he'd, she'll

Contraction Action, one of our fun third grade worksheets for spelling practice

Be sure to try BOTH contraction worksheets for maximum spelling practice!

More Third Grade Worksheets & Activities

Your third graders will like using our fun and flexible "Swap Sheets™," in which students create spelling exercises for each other.

smiling green alligator

Double Letter Animal Word Search:  Supply the missing pair of letters, then find each of the 40 animal names in the word search puzzle. Fun spelling practice for any age!

Printable spelling reproducibles - Mini word search puzzles: Students must spot the correct spelling of troublesome words.

Try my new collection of Kids' Crossword Puzzles! Worksheets don't get much better than this! As you know, students must read the crossword clues, think of an answer, then spell the answer correctly to successfully complete a crossword. Great language practice!

Put words in alphabetical order - foods

Put Words In Alphabetical Order with this pair of engaging worksheets. The first list features 25 fun foods that must be alphabetized by their first and second letters. The second page requires students to look at the third and fourth letters in a list of five letter words that all begin with W. Challenging!

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Third graders are ready to work independently, and will probably enjoy our Mystery in the Attic spelling worksheet.

Creative Writing Worksheets - These fun pages incorporate spelling practice with almost any spelling words. Kids will design T-shirts, invent a video game, and write some awesome movie titles. Try some today!

Free Spelling Worksheets - Can You Spell Well?: If students correctly identify the misspelled words, they'll shade the page to reveal in interesting word.

Fill-in Crossword Puzzles: Practice tricky word endings in two fun puzzles. I've used important words from the fourth grade spelling word list.

AnyWord Spelling Practice eBooks

For more fun spelling practice, try our AnyWord Spelling Practice Series. In these three eBooks, you'll  find word play worksheets, writing prompts and partner games and activities that work with almost any list of spelling words!

someone whispering Shhh

Silent Letter Search: Word search fun! Students must add the correct silent letters and then locate the completed words in the puzzle.

Picture Puzzlers - 2 Printable brain teaser worksheets where knowing how to spell simple words is a must! A unique way to provide fun spelling practice!

Magic Word Squares - 7 printable word brain teasers. Kids will complete squares in which the same words are spelled in both directions. Kids will uncover the MAGIC of word play and spelling FUN!!!

For even more ideas for spelling practice, try these:

3rd grade writing prompts

Writing Prompts! This list of twelve 3rd grade writing prompts include: What's the best way to spend one dollar? Write a short poem about a bear with a pear.  Why are you happy to hear someone's voice at your front door? Whose voice is it? 

3rd Grade Activities - 25 spelling dictation sentences and full instructions. Use a few of these each week to provide students with extra practice in writing, spelling and using spelling words in context. 

Important Third Grade Spelling Lists

3rd grade spelling words chart

3rd grade spelling words - 200 words that third graders learn because they will be using them this year! These words are used throughout my games, worksheets and activities. Your students will find them throughout their subject matter texts as well. 

Spelling bee words for third grade - 100 words to start your classroom spelling bee practice or competition. This shorter list is arranged from easiest to most difficult. So use it for your own classroom bee, or for a study aid for your most motivated speller. If it's not challenging enough, try this list of 4th grade spelling bee words. 

100 3rd grade vocabulary words in categories

3rd Grade Vocabulary Words - 200 words to boost your child's spoken and written language skills, in alphabetical order! These words can challenge your best students. Use them again and again in everyday conversation.  See how many your child knows and can use fluently. 100 of the words are also arranged in meaningful categories to facilitate learning.

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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 from www.spelling-words-well.com

AnyWord Spelling Practice Series   Fun Worksheets, games & prompts that work with almost ANY spelling words!

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

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