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Grade 5 Spelling Words

Here are 5th grade spelling words that use weekly themes to make spelling more enjoyable for kids.

The 36 weekly spelling lists are free to download and print. 

There is also a growing collection of printable spelling worksheets and activities that go along with the words of the week.

A grade 5 spelling words pdf. 36 weeks of themed grade 5 spelling words. Dance, winter, birds, parties, and vegetables are some of the themes that help put the fun into 5th grade spelling.  Of the 540 words, 133 of them are Fry words. #spelling #grade5 #treevalleyacademy

Weekly Spelling Themes

The grade 5 spelling words have 36 weekly themes. They are:

  1. Back to School
  2. Months
  3. Mixed Bag of Words
  4. Chores
  5. Vegetables
  6. Silent Consonants
  7. Neighborhood
  8. Human Body
  9. Birds
  10. History
  11. Numbers
  12. Music
  13. Loud & Quiet
  14. Fashion
  15. Winter
  16. Math
  17. Transportation
  18. Science
  19. Geography
  20. Multiplication & Division
  21. Europe
  22. Dance
  23. Medical
  24. Symbols
  25. Groceries
  26. Weather
  27. Computers
  28. It’s A Party
  29. Water
  30. Wedding
  31. Shapes
  32. Space
  33. Animals
  34. Jobs
  35. Fruit
  36. Vacation

About these Grade 5 Spelling Words

  • 36 weeks of words
  • 15 words per week
  • English words are at a 5th grade spelling level
  • 540 words in total: 133 of them are Fry words and 3 of the words are Dolch words
  • By the end of fifth grade (having previously completed the spelling lists of grade 1 thru 4), your child will have learned the spellings of 898 Fry words + 1256 additional words for a total of 2154 words. 307 of the words learned will have been Dolch words.
  • all spelling lists are secular

Themed Spelling Lists

Themed spelling lists have a lot of benefits.

Possibly one of the most obvious is that it adds some fun and keeps things more interesting, each week being different than the previous.

When something is more fun, it naturally makes learning easier and kids are more motivated to learn the spellings.

There’s also the possibility of combining other activities to go along with a week’s theme.

For example, in grade 5, students usually learn about the water cycle in Science class. This would be a great time to study the “Water” theme words as they contain a lot of the vocabulary used when learning about the water cycle.

When we’re able to build connections to real life learning, it helps with spelling, because the words stop becoming just random words to learn to spell. Instead the words will have more meaning behind them as students are able to work with them in their context.

Free Printable 5th Grade Spelling Words

The printable spelling lists of themed grade 5 spelling words can be downloaded and emailed to you below.

It’s a free pdf.

5th Grade Spelling Worksheets

Here is a growing collection of 5th grade worksheets and activities to go along with the weekly spelling lists:

Week 1 – Back to School

Week 15 – Winter

Week 26 – Weather

Week 29 – Water

Week 31 – Shapes

Week 32 – Space

Week 35 – Fruit

Week 36 – Vacation

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Sunday 11th of June 2023

Thanks. This will help with practice.


Saturday 3rd of September 2022

thatnk you it helps me a lot!


Wednesday 11th of May 2022

this is very good

Wednesday 15th of September 2021

Awesome list of words for my daughter!