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Grade 4 Spelling Words

Spelling can be fun! These Grade 4 spelling words aim to do just that with a variety of weekly themes.

A grade 4 spelling words pdf. 36 weeks of words each with its own theme. Africa, fairy tales, pizza, and friendship are some of the themes that add an element of fun to 4th grade spelling. Of the 504 words, 178 of them are Fry words. 18 of the words are Dolch words.

Spelling Lists

I’m not a fan of spelling lists. At least for us trying to learn to spell with a list has been extremely boring.

The words are usually random words without any context associated with them – just words on a page, instead of words rich with meaning.

I found my daughter would “get through” learning the words she was supposed to learn but had trouble retaining much in the following weeks.

This only makes sense as with learning anything, to absorb things well, it helps to have as many connections as we can to real life. So with that goal, I decided to create spelling lists with weekly themes.

Spelling Lists With Weekly Themes

Since each week has a different theme, no spelling week will feel the same, which helps alleviate boredom.

Also, the words will have more meaning behind them as they will be able to work with them in their context.

For example, the theme of week 14 is “Baking”. You might decide to do some baking with your kids, allowing them to not only read a recipe but perhaps write down some of their favourite recipes.

They will be reading, and using and writing the words, and probably saying them out loud as they read an instruction to you. And so, learning the spellings of these words will naturally be happening.

There are 36 weekly spelling themes for these grade 4 spelling words. They are:

  1. Back to School
  2. Silent Consonants
  3. Days of the Week / Time
  4. Mixed Bag of Words
  5. Mail / Letters
  6. Time – Duration
  7. Friendship
  8. Numbers
  9. Art
  10. Geography
  11. Emotions & Feelings
  12. Sports
  13. Family
  14. Baking
  15. Disney Movies
  16. Hair & Beauty
  17. Books
  18. Math
  19. Africa
  20. Human Body
  21. Pizza
  22. Words
  23. Fairy Tales
  24. Movies
  25. Fractions
  26. Babies
  27. Homophones
  28. Eating Out
  29. Fashion
  30. Bank Account & Money
  31. Tools
  32. Medical
  33. Farm
  34. Insects & Flowers
  35. Ocean
  36. Summer

About these Grade 4 Spelling Words

  • 36 weeks of words
  • 14 words per week
  • 504 words total: 183 of them are Fry words and 18 are Dolch words.
  • By the end of fourth grade, your child will have learned the spellings of 770 Fry words + 886 additional words. 304 of the words learned will have been Dolch sight words.
  • secular spelling lists

You can download a free printable .pdf of the themed grade 4 spelling words below.

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Thursday 11th of February 2021

I don't see the printable.pdf download for the lists of 4th grade words. Did I miss something?


Friday 28th of February 2020


Lynn Bloom

Sunday 11th of August 2019

Hi! I am a fourth grade teacher in New Jersey. I have tried a few different differentiated spelling lists and have not been happy with them. I love your themed spelling lists. What a great idea! Would love more challenging lists for my higher level students. When do you anticipate grade 5,6 lists will be available?

Melanie Thomas

Sunday 11th of August 2019

Hi Lynn, thank you so much for the positive feedback, I appreciate knowing others are benefiting from them. I'm attempting to have them both up sometime in September.