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Fifth Grade Spelling Word Lists & Curriculum

Fifth Grade Spelling Word Lists & Curriculum

Let’s Read English is an online student-paced learning system popular as a fifth grade homeschool curriculum, as an afterschool tutorial and skill sharpening during the summer break.

This page is a summary of curriculum topics, foundational skills and resources related to fifth grade spelling including information about:

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Fifth Grade Spelling Curriculum Sequence

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.

Students will also learn to spell words with similar sounds including words with the sounds CHUR/ZHUR, ANT/ENT, and the R- controlled vowels. As well as learn to distinguish homophones and homographs in both meaning and spelling.

Children learn through spelling activities that include many creative methods that make the fifth grade spelling program fun for them. Remember, every child learns at a different rate, so what works for some students, may not be the correct approach for your child. Which is why so many parents enjoy Let’s Read English’s self-paced, modularized lesson plans. You can skip lessons that teach concepts your child has already mastered and repeat those he or she has not. The choice is yours.

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Foundational Spelling Skills

Spelling skills should develop as part of an overall language arts phonemic awareness, phonicsreading comprehensionvocabulary and reading fluencygrammar,

reading and writing program. Children should (with help from their parents) develop their foundational spelling skills through an interest in words, regular writing, constant reading, a study of spelling rules, and playing of spelling games

With help from their parents, children can develop and reinforce foundational spelling skills through the following activities:

  1. Regular writing for a head start on spelling, punctuation, and other concepts
  2. Constant reading or use of reading workbooks
  3. Frequent study of spelling rules like the relationships between letters and sounds
  4. Spelling bees for a fun way for your child to practice their spelling
  5. Playing of spelling games, quizzes or word games to help develop their spelling skills
  6. Structured computer spelling programs
  7. Personalized tutoring and assistance to boost confidence
  8. Setting daily blocks of time for spelling and reading activities
  9. Instruction through guided spelling activities like word sorts or word boxes
  10. Creating a rich language environment at home based on the quantity and quality of words spoken

Fifth Grade Spelling Words List

What spelling words should your fifth grader know? Here is a list of 50+ words that are great for use in spelling games, tests, or practice for an upcoming spelling bee. To add more value, download our 5th grade spelling list printable worksheet with +300 words!

  • able
  • achieve
  • acoustics
  • action
  • activity
  • advertisement
  • aftermath
  • afternoon
  • afterthought
  • anoint
  • apartment
  • apparel
  • appear
  • appliance
  • appoint
  • approve
  • delight
  • detrimental
  • devotion
  • dirty
  • disappear
  • discover
  • disguise
  • dishonest
  • distance
  • disuse
  • dominant
  • eager
  • education
  • eighth
  • empty
  • encourage
  • lawyer
  • leather
  • level
  • linen
  • locket
  • lumber
  • magic
  • manageable
  • management
  • mayor
  • meanwhile
  • medallion
  • medicinal
  • melon
  • memorable
  • mention
  • reduce
  • reduction
  • reign
  • reply
  • retrieve
  • reward
  • route
  • sable
  • scene
  • scent
  • section
  • shoulder
  • significance
  • similar
  • simplicity
  • sleight
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Fifth-Grade ELA & Spelling Resources

If you’re interested in fifth grade spelling lists or vocabulary words, you might also be interested in:

Additional Parent Tools & Resources

Welcome to Homeschooling Guide – Are you new to homeschooling? This guide was written by seasoned homeschoolers to answer some of the difficult questions new families often struggle with.

Curriculum Lesson Plans – An overview of the number of lessons that are included for each grade and subject. All students have access to at least 2 (and in most cases 3) grade levels of curriculum for each subject, so they can move ahead or review at their own pace.

Lesson Planning Worksheet – Wondering how many lessons to have your child do each day? Estimate the number of activities per day using this easy to use, printable worksheet.