6th Grade Vocabulary and Spelling Word Lists

Sixth grade teachers can access hundreds of free, ready-made sixth grade vocabulary and spelling word lists on VocabularySpellingCity‘s website. Teachers can import sixth grade spelling word lists and assign interactive games and activities to students to provide practice in sixth grade ELA standards. These web-based games support sixth grade lesson plans. Free printable worksheets aligned to lists of spelling words sixth grade students can study are also available for download.


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Sixth grade vocabulary lists encompass all literary genres. The 6th grade spelling lists include poetry, like Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” and Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride.” Vocabulary word lists for ELA literature studies, such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and Eleven by Sandra Cisneros, are available on VocabularySpellingCity. Teachers can use VocabularySpellingCity’s engaging, interactive games to help students develop literary vocabulary knowledge through independent practice focused on relevant 6th grade spelling words.

VocabularySpellingCity also offers content area spelling lists for sixth grade students. Word lists include subject areas like sixth grade math, sixth grade science, and sixth grade social studies. Teacher can use VocabularySpellingCity’s games and activities as a supplemental tool when teaching subject areas like math or science.

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Sixth Grade Vocabulary Instruction

Sixth grade marks a new journey for students as they begin their middle school academic career. Sixth grade students encounter more complex literature and informational text as a result of an increasingly rigorous language arts curriculum. Teachers are faced with the challenge of creating engaging lessons and activities that will foster critical thinking and build word knowledge. VocabularySpellingCity provides teachers with additional lesson plan material to engage students during literacy instruction.

In sixth grade, students read various genres, including poetry, which is infused with figurative language. So students must be able to understand the meaning and nuance of similes, metaphors, and allusions. VocabularySpellingCity has compiled grade level-appropriate lists of figurative language, such as personification and metaphors so students get relevant 6th grade spelling practice. The middle school personification word lists can be paired with the FlashCards activity, where words will be used to personify an object. Sixth grade teachers can further extend the lesson by using the Paragraph Writing Practice activity. Here, students can be required to use personification in their own poem.

Sixth grade students should also be able to determine or clarify the meaning of multiple-meaning words, as they may appear in literature or text. VocabularySpellingCity provides grades 6-8 multiple meaning (homonyms) word lists. Sixth grade teachers can assign the game MatchIt Sentences so students can practice using context clues to identify the appropriate word meaning.

In addition to fiction and poetry, sixth grade students will be exposed to informational text. To comprehend what they are reading, students will need to develop knowledge of content specific language. VocabularySpellingCity offers grade 6-8 informational text vocabulary word lists. Word lists include terms from informational text including the “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” or the Preamble and First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Sixth grade students can practice vocabulary knowledge by playing the game Word-O-Rama.

Sixth grade educational standards that are supported by VocabularySpellingCity.

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Sixth Grade Spelling Words

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Import sixth grade word lists for spelling or vocabulary for each unit as organized in popular reading programs.

6th Grade Spelling Games

Import sixth grade spelling lists.

Spelling Words 6th Grade

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

Spelling Words Sixth Grade

Import sixth grade content-specific vocabulary lists.

The following games are among the most popular and recommended for 6th grade spelling practice.

Paragraph Writing Practice allows students to create a paragraph using their sixth grade spelling words.

Play Paragraph Writing Practice with a 6th grade Wonders list.

Spelling Games 6th Grade

Vocabulary TestMe provides students with the opportunity to take a vocabulary test independently.

Play Vocabulary TestMe with a 6th grade literature list.

6th Grade Sight Words

WhichWord? Sentences provides practice recognizing contextual sentences for each spelling and vocabulary word.

Play WhichWord? Sentences with a 6th grade homophones list.

6th Grade Spelling Practice

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

Play FlashCards with a 6th grade math list.

6th Grade Spelling Activities

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

Play Crossword with a 6th grade compound words list.

Sight Words for 6th Grade