These Grade 3 spelling words are grouped into themed weekly lists. This will help make spelling a little more fun for your third grader.
Themed Spelling Lists
In an effort to make learning to spell a more enjoyable experience for children, I’ve created these themed spelling lists.
As each week has a different theme, no spelling week will feel the same, helping alleviate boredom.
They also allow for more opportunities to use the words in its correct context which helps build vocabulary connections.
For example, the theme of one week is “Baseball”. You might decide to incorporate different baseball learning activities during that week. The words will then be very familiar to the child and have meaning to them, as opposed to just random words they have to learn.
Another weeks theme is “Fairy Tales”. This might be a good week to focus on reading a few fairy tales. When the child is having a lot of exposure seeing and reading the same words, it will make learning to spell them that much easier.
There are 36 weekly spelling themes for these grade 3 spelling words. They are listed below.
Some themes below are linked to the weekly spelling list or spelling worksheets or activities (like word searches) that go along with the words of the week.
- Back to School
- Silent Consonants
- Y as a Vowel
- Plural Nouns
- Disney Movies
- Contractions: To Be
- Mixed Bag of Words
- Shopping & Money
- Fairy Tales
- Today & Tomorrow
- Human Body
- Contractions: Not
- Family & Chores
- Manners & Greetings
- Outer Space
- Trees & Nature
- Fruit Adjectives
About these Grade 3 Spelling Words
- 36 weeks of words
- 12 words per week
- Of the 432 words, 180 of them are Fry words. 52 of the words are Dolch words.
- So by the end of third grade, including the first and second grade words, your child will have learned the spellings of 589 Fry words + 563 additional words. 286 of the words learned will have been Dolch words.
- spelling lists are secular
The themed lists of grade 3 spelling words can be downloaded free below. It’s a 6 page printable pdf.
Not yet ready for third grade spelling words? Here are the spelling word lists for other elementary grade levels: