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Eighth Grade Spelling Word Lists & Activities

Eighth Grade Spelling Word Lists & Activities
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Time4Learning is an online student-paced learning system popular as a eighth grade homeschool curriculum, as an after school tutorial and skill sharpening during the summer break. Discover our comprehensive eighth grade spelling and vocabulary curriculum with fun activities and vocabulary word lists to help build a solid foundation.

This page is a summary of curriculum topics, foundational skills and resources related to eighth grade spelling including information about:

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Eighth Grade Spelling Curriculum Sequence

Eighth grade students should be familiar with around 15,000 words and will read over one million words annually. Eighth grade spelling students should know how to decode words they have never seen before through understanding of English language spelling conventions. They also need knowledge and strategies for spelling words they’ve never spelled before.

Therefore, the emphasis in eighth grade spelling is to be sure students are aware of spelling conventions and able to apply them correctly. One example of a spelling convention is that if a suffix starts with a vowel, such as -ABLE, -ED, or -ING, and a root word ends in a single vowel and consonant, the final letter will be doubled. We see that STOP becomes STOPPING, TAP becomes TAPPED, and CLAP becomes CLAPPING. There are many other spelling conventions introduced and discussed during eighth grade spelling, all of which contribute to the student’s skill in reading and writing the English language.

Children learn through various spelling activities that include many creative methods that make the eighth grade spelling program fun for them. Remember, every child learns at a different rate, so what works for some students, may not be the correct approach for your child. Which is why so many parents enjoy Time4Learning’s self-paced, modularized lesson plans. You can skip lessons that teach concepts your child has already mastered and repeat those he or she has not. The choice is yours.

Foundational Spelling Skills

Spelling skills should develop as part of an overall language arts phonemic awareness, phonics, reading comprehension, vocabulary and reading fluency, grammar, reading and writing program. Children should (with help from their parents) develop their foundational spelling skills through an interest in words, regular writing, constant reading, a study of spelling rules, and playing of spelling games

With help from their parents, children can develop and reinforce foundational spelling skills through the following activities:

  1. Regular writing for a head start on spelling, punctuation, and other concepts
  2. Constant reading or use of reading workbooks
  3. Frequent study of spelling rules like the relationships between letters and sounds
  4. Spelling bees for a fun way for your child to practice their spelling
  5. Playing of spelling games, quizzes or word games to help develop their spelling skills
  6. Structured computer spelling programs
  7. Personalized tutoring and assistance to boost confidence
  8. Setting daily blocks of time for spelling and reading activities
  9. Instruction through guided spelling activities like word sorts or word boxes
  10. Creating a rich language environment at home based on the quantity and quality of words spoken

Time4Learning teaches a comprehensive eighth grade spelling curriculum using fun activities to build a solid spelling foundation. Help your child excel in spelling by trying out one of our Time4Learning’s eighth grade demos.

Eighth Grade Spelling Words List

What spelling words should your Eighth grader know? Here is a list of 50+ words that are great for use in spelling games, tests, or practice for an upcoming spelling bee. To add more value, download our 8th grade spelling list printable worksheet with +300 words!

  • abbreviate
  • absorbent
  • accept
  • access
  • accessible
  • accessory
  • acoustics
  • accumulate
  • acknowledgment
  • adjust
  • aerial
  • affects
  • alien
  • allotment
  • allotted
  • contiguous
  • corporal
  • council
  • counsel
  • country
  • creator
  • critique
  • customary
  • customer
  • daybreak
  • deceive
  • defendant
  • deficient
  • deficit
  • depreciation
  • gnawing
  • gorgeous
  • grotesque
  • gymnasium
  • handicapped
  • handling
  • handsome
  • haphazard
  • harness
  • hazardous
  • headquarters
  • homogenize
  • horrific
  • humidor
  • idiosyncrasy
  • officious
  • opposite
  • optimism
  • oregano
  • overrate
  • pageant
  • parliament
  • passable
  • paucity
  • penalty
  • perseverance
  • personality
  • picnicking
  • plaintiff
  • poignancy

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