By the time children reach Grade 5, they’re expected to use a combination of strategies to spell correctly. They should use their knowledge of spelling patterns, word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts, and homophones to write and check their spelling. Dictionaries and other reference materials should be used where appropriate. To begin, you can download our Grade 5 spelling word lists and the Dolch word list here!
Here is a list of some examples of fifth grade spellings and strategies:
In order to correctly identify common 5th grade spelling patterns, children must continue to put their knowledge of phonics to good use. Here is a word list including some common spelling patterns your child will come across at this grade level:
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Word families are groups of words that have the same root word, but use different prefixes and suffixes to change their meanings. Here are some word lists for different word families:
Here are some important position-based spellings your child should master at fifth grade level:
It’s important that your child knows the correct syllable division rules in fifth grade. Here are some word lists you can share to help your child consolidate their knowledge:
By Grade 5, your child should understand various word ending rules. Below are two word lists on different ending rules to share with your fifth grader.
A prefix can be added at the beginning of a word in order to change its meaning. Here is a prefix spelling list that you can use when going over this topic with your child:
On the other hand, a suffix can be added to the end of a word. Here’s a helpful suffix spelling list to add to your spelling resources:
Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings. Here’s a short fifth grade spelling word list your child can use:
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