Resources for Students

For any spelling bee:

For a classroom, grade level or school-wide spelling bee:

  • Step One: Students should first learn the 100 study words for their grade level from the 2015 School Spelling Bee Study List. Teachers provide the study words to students. Teachers at enrolled schools may obtain the study words by logging into spellingbee.com and clicking on Student Materials. It is there that teachers print out "Study Words for (Grade Level)."

  • Step Two: When your student masters the 100 grade-specific words in the 2015 School Spelling Bee Study List, she is ready to learn the study words for all other grade levels. There are a total of 450 words on the 2015 School Spelling Bee Study List.

  • Step Three: When your students master the study words for grade levels 1–8, they may get a head start on the next level of competition by learning the words in Spell It!


For a district, county, city, regional or state spelling bee:

  • Step One: Ensure that your school spelling champion knows the study words for grade levels 1–8.

  • Step Two: When your school spelling champion masters the study words for grade levels 1–8, he is ready to learn the words and do the activities in Spell It!

  • Step Three: When your school spelling champion masters the words in Spell It!, he is ready to expand his spelling skill set by playing the fun word games at Merriam-Webster's Word Central.