Fourth Grade Spelling List

Most fourth grade teachers give students a weekly spelling list, but there are other options if you want your child to learn additional words. You can find a variety of websites that offer free fourth grade spelling lists, but you can also make your own. Read on for some spelling words and ideas for making a custom list.

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How Can I Create a Spelling List for My Fourth Grader?

When you make a spelling list for your fourth grader, you should choose words that are related in some way. For example, your list might incorporate words that use a certain sound or fit in a given category. If you focus on a sound, select one that can be spelled several different ways. This type of list helps kids get a feel for spelling variations associated with similar sounds.

Typically, your spelling lists should have 10-15 words. You may want to use each word in a sentence so your child has some context to understand the word's meaning. The sample fourth grade spelling list below has 12 words and features the 'sh' sound in different spellings. The sound also appears in different parts of the word.

Word List for Fourth Grade Spelling

  1. Aggravation - That noisy toy that my brother always plays with causes me so much aggravation.
  2. Brash - That student is an arrogant, brash, know-it-all who drives our teacher crazy.
  3. Creation - The lady at the ice cream parlor encouraged me to come up with my own creation, but all I wanted was a hot fudge sundae.
  4. Expression - Judging by the expression on your face, I don't think you're very happy about the grade you got on your science test.
  5. Freshen - Mom let me pick out any color of paint I wanted to freshen up my bedroom.
  6. Information - The lady at the tourist information booth gave me a map of the city with suggested walking tours.
  7. Nation - The New York Times is one of the largest and most popular newspapers in the nation.
  8. Permission - Dad had to sign a permission slip for me to go to the museum for the class field trip.
  9. Partial - The senator's idea only offers a partial solution to the problem.
  10. Ricochet - I watched the tennis ball ricochet off the fence on the other side of the dog park before my dog caught it in midair.
  11. Sheer - If you like your bedroom to be super dark at night, you need to make sure those curtains aren't too sheer.
  12. Should - If you want to try my mom's chocolate chip cookies, you should buy some at the bake sale.
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