Dictionaries by Grade Level

 

  • Preschool Word List (1 KB text file) 163 words
    In preschool, spelling words start with basic two-letter words. An example of the starting point for these preschool spelling lists for the start of the year are: AT and ME. Children then start to expand the list by working through "word families". From AT, in preschool spelling, the curriculum, worksheets, and then spelling tests would cover BAT, CAT, HAT, and SAT. Also, they might vary the vowel and go to HOT. A list of preschool spelling words might start with MAD and include MAN, MAP, and MAT as well as DAD and SAD.

  • Kindergarten Word List (2 KB text file) 326 words
    In kindergarten, spelling words start with basic two letter words, or three letter consonant-vowel-consonant words, and become more complex. During kindergarten, spelling words can be introduced that end with a silent e, changing the first vowel from short to long, for example, with a silent-e, HOP changes to HOPE. Also the double-e sound as in SEE, FEE and TREE and double-o as in BOOK are introduced. An example of the starting point for these kindergarten spelling lists for the start of the year are: DAD and MOM. Children then start to expand the list by working through "word families". From DAD, in kindergarten spelling, the curriculum, worksheets, and then spelling tests would cover BAD, SAD, HAD, and MAD. Also, they might vary the vowel and go to DID. A list of kindergarten spelling words might start with CAT and include BAT, FAT, and SAT as well as CAR and BAR. In kindergarten, spelling skills grow to cover blends, for example, T plus R make the TR sound, such as in TREE. F and R blend to make the FR sound in FROG. 

  • 1st Grade Word List (4 KB text file) 636 words
    In first grade, the spelling words start with basic Consonant-Vowel-Consonant words. An example of the starting point for these first grade spelling lists for the start of the year are: DAD and MOM. Children then start to expand the list by working through "word families". From DAD, in first grade spelling, the curriculum, worksheets, and then spelling tests would cover BAD, SAD, HAD, and MAD. Also, they might vary the vowel and go to DID. A list of first grade spelling words might start with CAT and include BAT, FAT, and SAT as well as CAR and BAR. In first grade, spelling skills should grow to cover the blends such as T plus R make the TR sound such as in TREE. F and R blend to make the FR sound in FROG. 

  • 2nd Grade Word List (6 KB text file) 918 words
    In second grade, the spelling curriculum should cover second grade dolche words, advanced phonics, and compound words. spelling words include frequently used, irregular words such as WAS, WERE, SAYS, SAID, WHO, WHAT, and WHY. Second grade children are expected to master short-vowel, long-vowel, r- controlled, and consonant-blend patterns correctly. Words using the -ight ending are introduced, including BRIGHT, FLIGHT, and NIGHT, plus a few compound words are included in second grade spelling word lists including GRANDFATHER, BEDROOM, and SAILBOAT.

  • 3rd Grade Word List (8 KB text file) 1,125 words
    Third grade spelling students are expected to arrange words in alphabetical order. During the year they will be introduced to contractions such as ISN'T, CAN'T and DON'T. They will also learn more compound words such as BIRTHDAY, SOMEWHERE, and YOURSELF. Third grade spelling words include blends such as in AGREE, CHOOSE, and HALF. Words beginning with QU- are introduced, such as QUEEN and QUIT. Third grade spelling words include consonant doubling, as in BERRY, BUTTER, and PRETTY. Third grade spelling students also learn common homophones such as PAIL and PALE. They learn that words ending in Y become plural with the -IES ending, such as the plural of CHERRY, which is CHERRIES. 

  • 4th Grade Word List (10 KB text file) 1,452 words
    During fourth grade spelling lessons children learn about suffixes such as -ED, -ING, and -TION, and inflections used with them, such as dropping the final letter on most words ending in E, for example, TIMING and USING. Fourth grade spelling lessons also introduce prefixes such as A-, EX-, IN-, and UN-. 

  • 5th Grade Word List (12 KB text file) 1,703 words
    Fifth grade spelling lessons concentrate on further study of prefixes, for example, EX- and PRE-. Also fifth grade spelling words include numerous suffixes, such as -ER, -LY, and -TION. Children studying fifth grade spelling are expected to spell roots, suffixes, prefixes, contractions, and syllable constructions correctly. 

  • 6th Grade Word List (14 KB text file) 1,932 words
    Sixth grade spelling lessons concentrate on introducing commonly misspelled words such as CRYSTAL, LARYNX, and JUDGMENT. At the same time, sixth grade spelling worksheets provide more practice with root words, prefixes and suffixes, including AD-, DES- and -MENT. 

  • 7th Grade Word List (17 KB text file) 2,220 words
    Seventh grade spelling students are expected to be able to spell derivatives correctly by applying the spellings of bases and affixes. For example, CAPITAL with the -TION ending becomes CAPITALIZATION, and MATERIAL with the -ISM ending becomes MATERIALISM. Seventh grade spelling words contain many of these derivatives so students should be comfortable with and familiar with them. Also seventh grade spelling students will continue to learn commonly misspelled words such as ACCELERATE, MANEUVER, and SCHOLASTIC.

  • 8th Grade Word List (20 KB text file) 2,500 words
    By eighth grade students should be familiar with around 15,000 words and will read over one million words annually. Eight grade spelling students should know how to decode words they have never seen before through understanding of English language spelling conventions. They also need knowledge and strategies for spelling words they've never spelled before. Therefore the emphasis in eight grade spelling is to be sure students are aware of spelling conventions and able to apply them correctly. One example of a spelling convention is that if a suffix starts with a vowel, such as -ABLE, -ED, or -ING, and a root word ends in a single vowel and consonant, the final letter will be doubled. We see that STOP becomes STOPPING, TAP becomes TAPPED, and CLAP becomes CLAPPING. There are many other spelling conventions introduced and discussed during eighth grade spelling, all of which contribute to the student's skill in reading and writing the English language.

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