4th Grade Vocabulary and Spelling Word Lists

Vocabulary is an important component in the 4th grade curriculum, as students expand their word knowledge through a variety of text.

By the end of the year, fourth graders should recognize figurative language, integrate knowledge and ideas, and read and comprehend informational text.

In fourth grade, students will:

  • Increase their word usage and knowledge.
  • Discuss books, articles, and short stories.
  • Analyze and clarify language.

With VocabularySpellingCity, meet English Language Arts state standards and teach vocabulary in conjunction with other subjects. Develop word study lessons with more mature and complex vocabulary that challenges your students to excel.

Building 4th Grade Spelling Skills

In fourth grade, students should have command of grade level appropriate sight words, be able to read and comprehend informational text with domain-specific vocabulary, use context to determine the correct meaning of homonyms (multiple-meaning words), and recognize figurative language, including common idioms, simple similes, and metaphors.

VocabularySpellingCity’s list of must-know spelling words for fourth graders include Evan-Moor’s lists for building spelling skills. Other available fourth grade spelling lists include: foruth grade literature spelling list, fourth grade math spelling list, 4th grade science spelling lists, 4th grade social studies lists.

Research has shown that building spelling skills helps with reading, reading fluency, and reading comprehension. Our fourth grade spelling lists, paired with over 40 learning games and activities, are designed to provide 4th graders the spelling practice they need to build strong spelling skills.

4th Grade Spelling Lists

Pair your fourth grade spelling word lists with over 40 learning games and activities, or choose from the available fourth grade vocabulary printable worksheets. Our fourth grade spelling lists, paired with our learning activities, reinforce foundational spelling skills like phonics and word recognition.
Challenge your students with word meaning, and improve reading comprehension

4th Grade Evan-Moor Spelling Lists

Building Spelling Skills –
Week 1 List

  • bridge
  • gravity
  • hungry
  • eclipse
  • secret
  • applaud
  • laundry
  • trouble
  • attract
  • twilight
  • between
  • describe
  • snowflake
  • freedom
  • slimy
  • glance
  • burglar
  • switch

Building Spelling Skills –
Week 2 List

  • attach
  • where
  • sandwich
  • change
  • watch
  • singer
  • slippery
  • spring
  • gather
  • these
  • thread
  • athlete
  • worth
  • thirsty
  • whisper
  • whistle
  • awhile
  • nowhere

Building Spelling Skills –
Week 3 List

  • fact
  • began
  • clasp
  • rapid
  • able
  • later
  • space
  • stranger
  • grade
  • display
  • main
  • explain
  • freight
  • neighbor
  • weigh
  • vein
  • April
  • ankle

4th Grade Academic Vocabulary Spelling Lists

Academic Vocabulary List 1

  • dialogue
  • expression
  • inferences
  • voice
  • signature
  • relate
  • mood
  • jargon
  • formulate
  • exaggeration

Academic Vocabulary List 2

  • personification
  • syllabication
  • subordinate
  • resolution
  • onomatopoeia
  • literature
  • imagery
  • hyperbole
  • idiom
  • metaphor

Academic Vocabulary List 3

  • discuss
  • edit
  • genre
  • interpret
  • intonation
  • myth
  • progressive
  • theme
  • transition
  • climax

4th Grade Spelling Lists

Compound Words List 1

  • dishwasher
  • playground
  • teammate
  • yardstick
  • windshield
  • fisherman
  • saltwater
  • weekend
  • homesick
  • mailbox

Compound Words List 2

  • cardboard
  • downstairs
  • fingerprint
  • haircut
  • lifeguard
  • sandpaper
  • sidewalk
  • sunlight
  • thunderstorm
  • toothpaste

4th Grade Literature, Math, Science, & Social Studies Spelling Lists

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Spelling List

  • anguish
  • famine
  • coax
  • stubborn
  • fortune
  • impulsive
  • reunite
  • indignant
  • twine
  • village

Measurement & Data – Length Spelling List

  • yard
  • measurement
  • length
  • metric
  • meter
  • width
  • centimeter
  • kilometer
  • inch
  • foot

Electricity Spelling List 1

  • circuit
  • electricity
  • energy
  • heat
  • light
  • energy transfer
  • resistor
  • sound wave
  • volume
  • direct current

Regional Characteristics Spelling List

  • climate
  • urban
  • coastline
  • boundary
  • temperature
  • coastal
  • plain
  • suburban
  • metropolitan
  • agriculture
  • rural

4th Grade Spelling Word Lists

Select a link below to view available 4th grade word lists:


Import fourth grade word lists for spelling, high frequency words, or vocabulary for each unit as organized in popular reading programs.


Import fourth grade spelling word lists.


Import fourth grade vocabulary word lists, such as figurative language concepts.


Import fourth grade content-specific vocabulary lists.

The following games are among the most popular and recommended for 4th graders.

HangMouse is a great way for students to practice their spelling words.

Play HangMouse with a 4th grade homophones list.

Paragraph Writing Practice allows students to create a paragraph using their spelling or vocabulary words.

Play Paragraph Writing Practice with a 4th grade Journeys list.

MatchIt Sentences provides practice matching words with the sentences they correspond with.

Play MatchIt Sentences with a 4th grade social studies list.

Word-O-Rama provides practice identifying words by their definitions, synonyms, antonyms, or by their context within a sentence.

Play Word-O-Rama with a 4th grade literature list.

Parts of Speech provides practice distinguishing between nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and other parts of speech.

Play Parts of Speech with a 4th grade practice spelling list.