2020 Spelling Bee

Monday, Feb 3 - 1st Grade @ 6pm - MPR

Monday, Feb 3 - 2nd Grade @ 7:15pm - MPR

Tuesday, Feb 4 - 3rd Grade @ 6pm - MPR

Tuesday, Feb 4 - 4th Grade @ 7:15pm - MPR

Wednesday, Feb 5 - 5th Grade @ 6pm - Library

Volunteers are needed for this event.  Sign up here!

Registration has closed, as of January 6th for students to join the spelling fun at the Annual Grand Ridge Elementary Spelling Bee.  All grades are welcome to join in this friendly competition of oral spelling ability. Check in time is 15 mins before the event starts. Once the bee has started, we will not be able to add any more students. **Your student must be an actively enrolled student at Grand Ridge to participate.

Participants will take the stage one at a time and will be asked to spell a word out loud. They will be seated randomly. 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! We encourage kids to learn all 450 words for the school spelling bee.  

The winner of the 5th Grade Spelling Bee will have the opportunity to represent Grand Ridge and compete for the local championship, if they wish to do so

The bee will take place over three evenings, as shown in the schedule above, to accommodate each grade.  Any student may participate but must register by Monday, January 6, 2020. Complete rules, tips, and practice word lists are available below.

We look forward to 'Bee-ing' at the Spelling Bee!

Questions?  Feedback?  Contact grspellingbee@gmail.com

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

How to study for a Spelling Bee

Tips & Tricks for Spelling Bee Success


How the bee works:
  • We will start the bee with a practice round with one bee words.
  • Round 2, we continue with the words from the school spelling bee as listed above per grade. 
  • If we go through 2 rounds with only one student getting eliminated or if we run through the list of words - we move on to the next level up.
  • 1st and 2nd Graders - will only use the school spelling bee (450 words)
  • 3rd - 5th Graders - will use the school spelling bee and level one bee from the championship words. The championship words will only be used to determine a winner if we go through more than 3 rounds. 
  • We will announce when we are moving from one level to another. 



  • 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 study words for their grade level, 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.