Rescheduled until after winter break!

Everything else stays the same, just new dates of Feb 25, 26 & 27.

We are excited to host the 1st Annual Grand Ridge Elementary Spelling Bee. All grades are welcome to join in this FREE and friendly competition of oral spelling ability - registration is required to participate (and is now closed as of Jan 15). Check in time is 15 mins before the event starts. Once the bee has started, we will not be able to add any late students.

Participants will take the stage one at a time and will be asked to spell a word out loud. (Students will repeat the word, spell it, and repeat the word again.) Each correctly spelled word earns a trip to the next round. The bee ends when there is just one speller standing! Parents of participants received an email on Wednesday, February 6 with all of the event details and rules (a copy is also available here).

The bee will take place over three evenings to accommodate each grade. 

Any student may participate but must register by Jan 15, 2019. There's no cost to participate. Complete rules, tips, and practice word lists are available in the links below. We look forward to 'Bee-ing' at the Spelling Bee!

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Spelling Bee Rules

Spelling Bee Materials

1st Grade Spelling List

2nd Grade Spelling List

3rd Grade Spelling List

4th Grade Spelling List

5th Grade Spelling List

Combined Spelling List

How to study for a Spelling Bee

Tips & Tricks for Spelling Bee Success


  • The spelling bee is intended to be a fun and friendly contest, and it is our hope that every student will walk away feeling proud to have participated. However, when a student is eliminated from the contest, it is natural to feel some disappointment. For kids who take disappointment especially hard, it may help to understand that there is an element of luck involved in a spelling bee. We have worked hard to ensure fairness by giving words of the same difficulty level in any given round. However, which specific word each student gets on his/her turn is unavoidably a matter of luck.
  • Students should learn the 100 study words for their grade level (150 words for 5th grade) available in the links above.  Additional preparation ideas can be found in the document How to Study for a Spelling Bee.
  • Tips for Success from Scripps Site
    1. For inspiration, watch the documentary Spellbound on family movie night.
    2. Keep a "great words" journal for every new and interesting word that you find. 
    3. Designate a spelling wall in your home. Post new words to the wall each day. 
    4. For family game night, conduct an impromptu themed spelling bee. Use a newspaper for a current events bee or a cookbook for a cuisine bee. 
    5. Do like Akeelah did. Spell and jump rope!
    6. Ask friends and neighbors to challenge you with great spelling words. 
    7. Find a good luck charm—perhaps shoelaces with a bumblebee design or a special coin.
    8. Read great books. You'll be entertained while you effortlessly improve your spelling and increase your vocabulary.
    9. Scour the dictionary in search of words to stump your parents and teachers.