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5th Grade Spelling Words

Our elementary school implemented a new 5th grade spelling program. Fifteen spelling words are selected from three categories.

  • Personal Words: Five words a student misspells on his writing assignments. If more words are needed, he will select from a word bank.
  • Exploration Words: Five words are selected that emphasize how words are written, e.g., suffixes and prefixes.
  • Content Words: Five words are chosen from an elected subject, e.g., science and social studies.

Fifth Grade Spelling Words

The personal words will be unique to each student. This spelling program selects 15 words that are meaningful to our children, creating a desire to learn how to spell them correctly. Parents should offer assistance, e.g., conduct a spelling test.

Lesson 1: Spelling Words

Personal Words Prefixes Fore- Words Content Words
impatient forecast observation
congressional forehead variable
tournament foreshadow periodic
pedestrian foresee investigation
peeve foresight gravity

Lesson 2: Spelling Words

Personal Words Prefixes Inter- Words Content Words
engineer intercede representatives
international interact senate
intersection interstate judicial
intermission internet legislative
intercept interview executive

Lesson 3: Spelling Words

Personal Words Suffix – ous Content Words
depression dangerous friction
strategy joyous variable
knowledge wondrous periodic
background curious uniform
definitions humorous stationary

Lesson 4: Spelling Words

Personal Words Prefix bio Content Words
believable biography unite
because biodegradable colonies
criticize biology proclamation
ninety biohazard Britain
nickel autobiography protest

Lesson 5: Spelling Words

Personal Words Suffix -ology Content Words
explanation criminology Revolutionary War
necessary mythology declaration
through ecology independence
tragedy geology neutralist
weigh meteorology patriot
loyalist

Lesson 6: Spelling Words

Personal Words Suffix -ize Content Words
parentheses realize tranquility
aren’t socialize Preamble
legalize materialize justice
popularize fantasize ordain
crystallize compromise posterity

Lesson 7: Spelling Words

Personal Words Prefix mono– & multi- Content Words
posterity monotone universe
multiply monorail rotation
multimillion monologue atmosphere
monopoly multicultural revolution
multipurpose multimedia temperature

Lesson 8: Spelling Words

Personal Words Prefix non– Words Content Words
monologue* nonconformist analyze
nonexistent nonverbal describe
nontoxic nonabsorbent evaluate
nonsense nonnegotiable identify
nondairy nonfiction summarize

*Spelled incorrectly on previous spelling test.

Lesson 9: Spelling Words

Personal Words Suffix -tion Words Content Words
nonabsorbent* vacation alliteration
summarize evaluation constellation
invention promotion capitalization
section complication punctuation
migration communication concentration

*Spelled incorrectly on previous spelling test.

Lesson 10: Spelling Words

Homophones
there their they’re
to too two
which witch

Each student must choose 7 more sets of homophones that she/he thinks are important to learn both the meaning and spelling. We created free worksheets to help your child learn these words (located below lesson 11).

Lesson 11: Spelling Words

Homophones
who’s whose
it’s its

Each student must choose 8 more sets of homophones that she/he thinks are important to learn both the meaning and spelling. We created a free worksheet which is noted below to help your child learn these words. We also included a blank template in case you wanted to let each student select their own homophones.

Homophone-Spelling-Words-Worksheet-1 Homophone-Spelling-Words-Worksheet-2 Homophone-Spelling-Words-Worksheet-3

Lesson 12, 13, 14 & 15: Spelling Words: USA States

First a child needs to learn the location of each state. We created the following two templates to offer assistance.

USA-States-1 USA-States-2

After a child knows the location of each state, they need to correctly spell each state. Our fifth grade spelling program divided the 50 states into 3 sections. We created the following worksheets to help your child learn how to spell the fifty states correctly.

USA-States-3 USA-States-4 USA-States-5

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