The Spelling Bee is open to all interested 1st – 5th grade students.
This program helps students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.
Spelling Bee Overview
Included here are word lists provided by Scripps to assist your child in preparing for the bee. 2019 Complete List with Definitions contains all the preparation words provided by Scripps.
While the word lists are broken down by grade, students will be expected to know words from every grade level. They will be tested on the entire list.
Word definitions are included to aid your child in their preparation; students will not be tested on the meanings of words, only the spelling. Students may be tested for words beyond their grade.
The second document is another resource from Scripps: the 2019 Great Words, Great Works List reading list. All of the words from the 2019 School Spelling Bee Study List can be found in engaging, grade-appropriate books, allowing your students to get to know these words in the context of great stories!
What to Expect
Our bee will be comprised of two rounds: preliminary and final. During the preliminary round students will complete a written spelling test comprised of 20-30 words taken from the 2019 Complete List.
The top 5 students in each grade will move on to the Final Round which is an oral spelling bee.
School Spelling Bee is an oral spelling bee, similar in style to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, with which you may be familiar. Students will proceed one by one to the microphone. They will be given their word. Students SHOULD ask the clarifying questions (may I have the definition? part of speech? will you use it in a sentence?, etc.). Please practice this with your child. Nerves can get in the way and make kids think they heard the word correctly when in fact it was a different word. Asking the questions and then repeating the word to the pronouncer and judge allows us to know the child has understood the word they’ve been asked to spell.
Dates and Results
Pre-Test: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 6:30pm at Wilburton Elementary Café
School Spelling Bee: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 6:30pm at Wilburton Elementary Café. Please arrive for check-in at 6:15pm. We will begin the spelling bee at 6:30pm. Family and friends are welcome to attend and support your spellers!
The Wilburton Champion will participate in the Regional Bee of King and Snohomish Counties held on Saturday, March 2nd at 1pm at the Meydenbauer Convention Center in Bellevue.
Make your dreams of competing in this high-profile academic event come true and start preparing for the Bee today!
Spelling Bee Check List
Complete Online Registration
Registration form should be filled out for each student individually. Registration deadline is December 15, 2018.
Check 2019 Complete List with Definitions, 2019 Great Words, Great Works List, 2019 Rules for Local Spelling Bees, Spell It 2019 and be prepared. Important note: while the word lists are broken down by grade, students will be expected to know words from every grade level. They will be tested on the entire list.
Wednesday, January 16, 2018 at 6:30pm at Wilburton Elementary Café
School Spelling Bee
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 6:30pm at Wilburton Elementary Café.
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