5th Grade Vocabulary and Spelling Word Lists


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What Words Go On 5th Grade Spelling Lists

During fifth grade, students refine their literacy skills in preparation for middle school.

In fifth 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, fifth graders should determine the meaning of words in text, including figurative language, be familiar with derivational beginnings and endings, and read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry.

Must know fifth grade spelling words include similes such as BLIND, GLARE, LATE, OBSTINATE, SPREAD, and WHISTLE. Our fifth grade spelling lists include other academic vocabulary, too, and are complemented by fun, engaging word study activities for 5th graders.

With VocabularySpellingCity, meet fifth grade English Language Arts standards all while integrating vocabulary instruction across content areas. Get the tools to develop fun 5th grade spelling lessons with more mature and complex vocabulary that will challenge your students to excel.

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We make implementing personalized and differentiated instruction easy.

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 classroom-tested, game-based learning program provides the repeated spaced practice, multiple exposures, and multiple modalities needed to transfer words into long-term memory. Our engaging spelling games for 5th graders are fun, educational, and make students want to practice and learn!

Import ready-made fifth grade word lists or create your own list and assign engaging, interactive learning games and 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 fifth grade curriculum & educational standards
  • Review lists based on students’ progress
  • Vocabulary practice in & outside the classroom

5th Grade Spelling Words

Successful fifth grade vocabulary instruction involves direct instruction to expand word knowledge and text comprehension as well as independent word-play to motivate and enhance learning.

In fifth grade, students should have command of 5th grade sight word lists, read and comprehend informational text with domain-specific vocabulary, and use context to determine the correct meaning of homonyms (multiple-meaning words) and figurative language, like metaphors, similes, and idioms.

Our research-based program is modeled to help students develop a deeper understanding of words through gameplay. Import pre-made fifth grade vocabulary lists, or create your own fifth grade spelling lists. Choose from fifth grade spelling lists, that include Dolch and Fry words, or fifth grade content-specific vocabulary word lists in the subjects areas of
reading, math, science, and social studies. Access additional other available word lists to accompany reading programs, like Journeys, and informational text.

5th Grade Spelling Lists

Pair your fifth grade spelling word lists with over 40 learning games and activities, or choose from the available fifth grade vocabulary printable worksheets. Reinforce foundational skills, like phonics and word recognition, challenge your students with word meaning, and improve reading comprehension. Common words in here can be found on fifth grade spelling bee words lists as well as lists of 5th grade sight words. Our pre-made sets of spelling words are fantastic 5th grade word wall lists to create a fun, visual activity for students.

5th Grade Evan-Moor Spelling Lists

Building Spelling Skills –
Week 1 List

  • rough
  • grudge
  • stunt
  • thumb
  • once
  • another
  • does
  • trouble
  • cousin
  • began
  • oxygen
  • copy
  • very
  • until
  • umpire
  • sudden
  • which
  • city

Building Spelling Skills –
Week 2 List

  • afraid
  • explain
  • payment
  • sleigh
  • laid
  • raise
  • straight
  • freight
  • height
  • they
  • favorite
  • April
  • able
  • radio
  • station
  • relation
  • daybreak
  • trace

Building Spelling Skills –
Week 3 List

  • fifteen
  • referee
  • eager
  • easily
  • ready
  • please
  • ecology
  • maybe
  • been
  • only
  • universe
  • future
  • communicate
  • beautiful
  • unusual
  • cute
  • cube
  • fuel

5th Grade Academic Vocabulary Spelling Lists

Academic Vocabulary List 1

  • adventure
  • cinquain
  • proverb
  • trait
  • stress
  • salutation
  • prose
  • lyric
  • limerick
  • haiku

Academic Vocabulary List 2

  • characterization
  • context
  • drama
  • entertain
  • euphemism
  • imperative
  • interrogative
  • pamphlet
  • repetition
  • source

Academic Vocabulary List 3

  • symbolism
  • usage
  • variable
  • claim
  • schedule
  • root
  • pitch
  • mystery
  • diagram
  • imperative

5th Grade Spelling Lists

Compound Words List 1

  • earthquake
  • countdown
  • candlestick
  • barefoot
  • bathrobe
  • classroom
  • fingernail
  • roommate
  • dashboard
  • overdue

Compound Words List 2

  • breakfast
  • shipwreck
  • tombstone
  • wildlife
  • guardrail
  • suitcase
  • surfboard
  • tiptoe
  • lighthouse
  • chairperson

5th Grade Literature, Math, Science, & Social Studies Spelling Lists

The New Colossus Spelling List

  • brazen
  • mighty
  • conquer
  • fame
  • Greek
  • harbor
  • beacon
  • astride
  • torch
  • limb

Operations & Algebraic Thinking Spelling List 1

  • expression
  • equation
  • evaluate
  • pattern
  • equivalent
  • inequality
  • order of operations
  • relationship
  • forms
  • variable

Electricity Spelling List 1

  • resistor
  • electron
  • battery terminal
  • positive charge
  • electric charge
  • negative charge
  • circuit
  • electromagnet
  • dry cell
  • electricity

Economics Spelling List

  • consumer
  • demand
  • costs
  • economy
  • specialization
  • trade
  • competition
  • barter
  • export
  • consumer

5th Grade Spelling Words

Select a link below to view available 5th grade word lists:


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

Fifth Grade Spelling Words

Import fifth grade spelling word lists.

5th Grade Spelling Lists

Import fifth grade vocabulary word lists, such as figurative language concepts.

Fifth Grade Spelling Practice

Import fifth grade content-specific vocabulary lists.

The following games are among the most popular and recommended for 5th graders.

Missing Letter provides practice recognizing letters to complete a word.

Play Missing Letter with a 5th grade Academic Vocabulary list.

5th Grade Spelling Games

Paragraph Writing Practice allows students to create a paragraph using their spelling or vocabulary words.

Play Paragraph Writing Practice with a 5th grade math list.

5th Grade Spelling Activities

MatchIt Definitions is a great fifth grade word game that provides practice matching words with their definitions.

Play MatchIt Definitions with a 5th grade informational text list.

5th Grade Word Games

FlashCards provides students the opportunity to see and hear each word spelled and then read aloud.

Play FlashCards with a 5th grade science list.

5th Grade Spelling Practice Games

Crossword allows students to fill in a crossword puzzle using words on their list.

Play Crossword with a 5th grade compound words list

5th Grade High Frequency Words