3rd Grade Spelling Word Lists


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Third grade spelling words can be challenging but they set the foundation for a more expanded academic vocabulary for transitioning from primary elementary grades (K-2) into intermediate elementary grades (3-5).

In third grade, students are expected to:

  • Increase word usage and knowledge.
  • Discuss books, articles, and short stories.
  • Analyze and clarify language.

By the end of the year, third graders should demonstrate an understanding of text and word meaning, integrate knowledge and ideas, and read and comprehend literature.

Must know common third grade sight words and high frequency words seen on spelling lists, like LAUGH, LIGHT, MYSELF, NEVER, ONLY, and PICK. Our third grade spelling lists include Fry Instant Words list of the most common words used in English.

With VocabularySpellingCity, meet third grade English Language Arts standards all while integrating vocabulary instruction across content areas. Get the tools and third grade spelling activities to develop word study lessons with more complex vocabulary that will challenge students to excel.

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Our research-based, classroom-tested learning program is proven to increase vocabulary retention scores by 43% and increase reading comprehension for ELL students by 46.5%. This game-based learning program provides the repeated spaced practice, multiple exposures, and multiple modalities needed to transfer words into long-term memory.

Import ready-made third grade words lists or create a list and assign engaging, interactive learning games and spelling activities.

Some of the features teachers love:

  • Personalized practice & multiple word exposures
  • Immediate feedback & self testing
  • Access to word lists for every subject & grade level
  • Word lists aligned to third grade curriculum & standards
  • Review lists based on students’ progress
  • Vocabulary practice in & outside the classroom

3rd Grade Spelling Words

In third grade, students should have command of 3rd grade sight word lists, be able to read and comprehend informational text with domain-specific vocabulary, and use context to determine the correct meaning of homonyms (multiple-meaning words).

Successful third grade vocabulary instruction involves direct instruction to expand word knowledge and comprehension as well as independent word study to motivate and enhance learning.

Our research-based program is modeled to help students develop deeper understanding of words through gameplay. Import pre-made third grade vocabulary and spelling lists, or create third grade spelling lists. Choose from third grade spelling lists, which include Dolch and Fry words, or third grade content-specific vocabulary word lists in the subjects of
3rd grade reading, 3rd grade math, 3rd grade science, and 3rd grade social studies. Access additional word lists to accompany reading programs and informational text. All lists can be synced with our spelling games for 3rd grade students to make learning fun and engaging.

3rd Grade Spelling Lists

Pair third grade spelling lists with over 40 learning games and activities, or choose from the available third grade vocabulary printable worksheets. Reinforce foundational skills, like phonics and word recognition, challenge students with word meaning, and improve reading comprehension.

3rd Grade Evan-Moor Spelling Lists

3rd Grade Building Spelling Skills –
Week 1 List

  • said
  • ask
  • stand
  • catch
  • eight
  • afraid
  • away
  • always
  • playing
  • waved
  • takes
  • than
  • great
  • they
  • prey

3rd Grade Building Spelling Skills –
Week 2 List

  • next
  • left
  • help
  • please
  • believe
  • many
  • very
  • been
  • seen
  • she
  • between
  • three
  • easy
  • sea
  • leave

3rd Grade Building Spelling Skills –
Week 3 List

  • pitch
  • drink
  • swim
  • life
  • while
  • I
  • my
  • light
  • buy
  • eye
  • which
  • find
  • why
  • kind
  • try

3rd Grade Academic Vocabulary Spelling Lists

3rd Grade Academic Vocabulary List 1

  • adventure
  • characterization
  • diagram
  • expression
  • generalization
  • imperative
  • mystery
  • tall tale
  • overgeneralize

3rd Grade Academic Vocabulary List 2

  • cinquain
  • euphemism
  • haiku
  • homonym
  • limerick
  • lyric
  • plural
  • tone
  • tense
  • scene

3rd Grade Academic Vocabulary List 3

  • paraphrase
  • rewrite
  • root
  • usage
  • verify
  • claim
  • prose
  • perform
  • repetition
  • pitch

3rd Grade Spelling Lists

3rd Grade Dolch Sight Words Spelling List 1

  • about
  • better
  • bring
  • carry
  • clean
  • cut
  • done
  • draw
  • drink
  • eight

3rd Grade Dolch Sight Words Spelling List 2

  • fall
  • far
  • full
  • got
  • grow
  • hold
  • hot
  • hurt
  • if
  • keep

3rd Grade Dolch Sight Words Spelling List 3

  • kind
  • laugh
  • light
  • long
  • much
  • myself
  • never
  • only
  • own
  • pick

3rd Grade Literature, Math, Science, & Social Studies Spelling Lists

3rd Grade Charlotte’s Web Spelling List

  • mercy
  • secure
  • triumph
  • slop
  • aloft
  • gigantic
  • litter
  • radiant
  • snout
  • runt

3rd Grade Measurement & Data – Length Spelling List

  • temperature
  • area
  • meter
  • kilometer
  • height
  • width
  • perimeter
  • mile
  • length
  • centimeter

Matter Spelling List

  • condensation
  • melt
  • phase changes
  • boil
  • evaporation
  • heating
  • chemical change
  • change of state
  • physical change
  • cooling

3rd Grade Community Spelling List

  • job
  • urban
  • community
  • suburb
  • population
  • home
  • rural
  • law
  • citizen
  • school

Select a link below to view available 3rd grade word lists:


Import third grade word lists for spelling, high frequency words, or vocabulary for each unit as organized in popular reading programs.

Third Grade Spelling Words

Import third grade high-frequency word lists, as well as spelling word lists aligned with Irene Fountas’ and Gay Su Pinnell’s K-3 spelling continuum.

3rd Grade Spelling Practice

Import third grade vocabulary word lists.

3rd Grade Spelling Words List

Import third grade content-specific vocabulary lists.

The following third grade word games and activities are among the most popular and are highly recommended components of a lesson plan.

Final Sound Speller provides practice recognizing sound-spelling correspondences. Practice of these basic phonics skills prepare students for blending words orally and in writing. Play Final Sound Speller with a 3rd grade Wonders list.
3rd Grade Spelling Games

Aim2Spell is a fun way to practice spelling words. Play Aim2Spell with a 3rd grade practice spelling list.
3rd Grade  Spelling Lists

Sentence Writing Practice allows students to create and type in a sentence for each one of their spelling or vocabulary words. Play Sentence Writing Practice with a 3rd grade homophones list.
Third Grade Spelling Lists

Word Videos allows students to create their own word video. Play Word Videos with a 3rd grade compound words list.
Third Grade Sight Words