Children are expected to spell grade-appropriate words correctly once they reach Grade 4. The strategies learned in previous first grade to third grade should be consistently applied to support accurate spelling. In addition to these strategies, fourth graders should focus on correctly spelling commonly confused words, known as homophones. Grade 4 also covers how to spell words that include silent letters, and broadening knowledge and use of prefixes and suffixes.
Before we dive in, download these Grade 4 spelling word lists. Keep reading to learn how you can help your fourth grader improve their spelling skills.
Suffixes are morphemes (groups of letters that can have a meaning on their own) that can be added to the end of a root word. This can sometimes change the meaning of a root word. Knowing a wide range of suffix spellings can really help children to develop confidence when attempting to spell new words.
Here’s a spelling list of suffixes that children will use in fourth grade:
Prefixes are similar to suffixes, but are added to the beginning of a root word. A prefix, just like a suffix, can change the meaning of the root word. There are a wealth of prefixes that fourth grade children can learn to improve their overall spelling skills.
Share the list below with your fourth grader for spelling practice:
Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings or spellings.
Here’s a longer spelling list of homophones:
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In fourth grade, children will discover more words that include silent letters. These are sometimes difficult words for children to spell as the letters aren't phonetically pronounced when the word is spoken aloud.
Here are some examples of words that include silent letters that your fourth grader will need to know:
Your child is expected to stretch their fourth grade vocabulary by using a dictionary and thesaurus on a regular basis. They should know how to look for synonyms (similar words) and antonyms (opposites) and ensure that they spell them correctly when using them in their articles and stories. Fourth-grade children should also know how to quickly look up the spelling of new academic vocabulary, using their basic knowledge of the specific word, such as the opening two or three letters.
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