Wednesday
March 18

Spelling Bee Word List

By cantonel

Dear Pool 3 Students,

As you know we are offering you the chance to compete in a spelling bee meant for Hi-C/Low-D students. These friendly competitions are very popular on college campuses and in bars across the country. There is even a national adult spelling bee. There have also been several movies about spelling bees in the last few years, Akeelah and the Bee, Bad Words and the documentary Spellbound.

What are the benefits of competing in the spelling bee?
1. learning how to spell these words
2. becoming more aware of spelling overall
3. enjoying yourself
4. winning a prize and bragging to your friends and family

Preparing for the Spelling Bee
The following is a list of words to study for the spelling bee. There are A LOT of words, but don’t worry. You will discover that you know many, many of them.

The words are arranged in four lists. These lists start with easy words and get progressively harder. Start studying with the easiest list. Don’t worry if you do not have time to prepare all of the lists.

It is probably better to go through each list first and draw a line through the words that you are SURE that you can spell correctly. Just be careful. Don’t let yourself be fooled into thinking that you know words that you don’t.

The best way to study is in pairs, one person says the word and the other person spells it. Be sure to mark the words that you do not spell correctly. In addition, make note of the letters you got wrong.

Make sure that you know how all the words are pronounced; otherwise you may not recognize the word when you hear it. If you aren’t sure of the pronunciation of some words, ask your teacher or another native speaker.

The Competition

The spelling bee will begin with the easiest list and get progressively harder.

Here is the process:

1. A judge will pick a word from a bowl.

2. He or she will say the word and use it in a sentence. You can ask the judge to repeat the word and you can also ask to hear another sentence.

3. You will then have 30 seconds (approximately) to think about the word or to write the word on a piece of paper. (We will give you pencil and paper.)

4. After 30 seconds, you must begin spelling. Spell slowly and distinctly. Think about each letter before you say it.

You say: Compete

c-o-m-p-e-t-e

compete

Please note if the word begins with a capital letter, you must say: Capital W-e-d-n-e-s-d-a-y

5. There will be 2/3 judges listening to your spelling. You will have a microphone, so that we can hear you clearly.

6. After you finish spelling, the judge will tell you if you are right or wrong. If you are wrong, you will sit down. If you are right, you will continue.

This process continues until there is only one person standing.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st 2nd and 3rd places.

Spelling Bee Timeline

Week 7 (after break) Registration You must sign up in advance, so we know how many students plan to participate. You will get information about how to sign up.

Week 9 Wednesday April 1 at 4 pm CELOP lobby—spelling bee
(This is April 1st but this is no joke.)

I hope you will decide to participate and encourage your friends who are not in Pool 3 to come and cheer you on.

Good Luck!

Cheryl Pavlik

ROUND 1

active
alive
amount
animal
August
aunt
avenue
banana
beautiful
beggar
camera
cancel
cheer
chicken
chimney
continue
copying
couch
dawn
December
decide
degree
discover
earth
equal
evening
false
February
fever
few
follow
forecast
from
fruit
gain
gasoline
giant
graceful
January
laughter
library
machine
middle
mountain
neighbor
noise
odd
November
paste
path
pioneer
pour
quarter
remind
safe
Saturday
select
September
sharp
shoulder
sink
sneezing
stretch
striving
surprise
terrible
tuna
Thursday
Tuesday
twenty
twice
uncle
urge
useful
usual
vacation
visit
voyage
wait
Wednesday
weekend

ROUND 2

against
agree
airport
alarm
alive
alley
alphabet
although
always
angriest
angry
animal
answer
asleep
attack
aunt
banana
battle
beautiful
beauty
become
beggar
believe
belong
between
blanket
blood
bottle
bought
bounce
breath
bridge
broke
broken
brought
bubble
build
building
built
busy
button
camera
cardboard
catch
caught
center
certain
chance
charge
chicken
chief
choice
choose
chore
chose
circle
cities
clothing
coast
coin
comb
common
consistent
copy
corner
costume
cottage
cotton
couch
cough
could
couple
cousin
cover
crime
crowd
custom
dairy
damage
danger
deaf
death
decide
degree
deliver
dirty
disappear
dislike
divide
double
doubtful
downstairs
drawer
earlier
earn
earth
easier
eighty
either
electric
engine
enough
evening
faint
false
famous
feather
fever
fifth
follow
forever
forgive
formal
former
forty
fought
fourth
fright
fruit
gain
garden
gasoline
gather
gentle
glance
gold
government
grandfather
grandmother
groceries
ground
grown
guard
guitar
handsome
health
heard
holiday
honey
honor
hospital
hour
however
hundred
hungry
husband
important
impossible
interest
invade
invent
invite
invite
jacket
judge
juice
kindness
kitchen
kneel
listen
lonely
loyal
machine
mailbox
meant
meant
mirror
mistake
modern
moment
monkey
movement
neighbor
neither
nickel
ninety
ninth
nobody
office
often
paper
parent
peaceful
pencil
perfect
picture
planet
police
powerful
proper
public
question
quiet
quite
railroad
reach
ready
reason
recommend
remember
return
rough
round
ruler
sauce
search
season
separate
seventh
seventy
sharp
shout
sigh
sign
simple
since
sixth
sixty
sleeve
smooth
sneeze
soften
spare
special
squirrel
strange
studied
studying
style
suppose
tennis
thirty
thumb
towel
twenty
twice
uncle
understand
useful
useless
village
visit
weather
weight
whenever
whether
whistle
wood
world
worried
worse
wouldn’t
wrist
written
yourself
zipper

ROUND 3
abandon
abbreviation
absence
absolutely
absorb
abundant
access
accessible
accompanied
accomplishment
accurate
achievement
acquire
acres
adequate
adjustable
admit
admittance
advice
advise
alternate
alternative
amusement
analysis
analyze
ancestor
anniversary
appreciate
artificial
assignment
assistance
association
athlete
atmosphere
attendance
authority
bacteria
baggage
benefited
benefiting
bicycle
biscuit
bizarre
boulevard
boundary
bouquet
brilliant
bulletin
bureau
campaign
cancellation
candidate
capable
capacity
capital
category
celery
cemetery
challenging
changeable
chaperone
character
cinnamon
civilize
colleagues
commercial
committed
committee
commotion
communication
companion
competent
competition
complement
complex
compliment
compressor
concentrate
concentration
conductor
congratulations
consequently
consume
controlling
creative
credit
culminate
culture
deceive
delayed
democracy
deodorant
descendent
description
diameter
diamond
discourage
disgraceful
dismissal
distinguished
documents
dreadful
economics
economy
elementary
embarrass
emotion
emphasize
encircle
enclosing
encounter
endurance
engineer
environment
episode
erosion
eruption
evidence
evident
exchange
executive
exhibit
expensive
expose
extinct
extinguish
extraordinary
extremely
fabricate
failure
fascinating
fatigue
finally
flagrant
flexible
focus
foreign
forfeit
frequently
fund
fundamental
genuine
ghetto
global
gossip
gradual
graffiti
grammar
grants
grievance
guarantee
harass
heroic
hesitate
horrify
hospital
humid
humility
hygiene
identical
identity
idle
illegal
illustration
imaginary
immediately
immobilize
imply
impossibility
inconvenient
incredible
individual
infamous
influence
informant
inhabit
inherit
innocence
innocent
instructor
intelligence
intelligent
interruption
introduction
invest
involvement
irate
irresistible
isolated
jealousy
journal
judgment
juvenile
labor
laboratory
language
legibly
liquidation
logic
management
maneuver
mature
media
mileage
miniature
misbehaved
morale
mortgage
movement
murmur
musician
mysterious
negotiate
nervous
nuisance
nurture
oases
oasis
obedient
obstacle
obvious
occasion
ordinary
organization
pamphlet
panicky
parallel
paralysis
paralyze
pedestrian
penicillin
percent
phantom
pheasant
phrase
politely
popular
precipitation
precise
predict
principal
principle
priorities
privilege
procedure
project
pronunciation
psychology
qualified
quotation
region
required
research
residents
resources
rigid
routes
schedule
significant
status
stress
structures
subsidiary
target
technology
traditionally
transportation
vary

ROUND 4

absorption
abstain
accommodate
accompaniment
accumulate
accustomed
acoustics
acquaintance
acquiesce
acquisition
acquittal
acquittal
adolescence
adolescent
advantageous
aerial
affiliation
altercation
amateur
ambassador
ambiguous
amnesty
anecdote
animosity
annoyance
anonymous
antecedent
antidote
antiseptic
anxious
apology
apostrophe
apparatus
appendixes
applicant
approximate
approximately
archeology
architect
arrangement
asphalt
asterisk
asthma
austerity
authentic
authenticate
auxiliary
awkward
bachelor
bankruptcy
barometer
belligerent
benevolent
berserk
besieged
biannual
bimonthly
biographical
blasphemous
bravado
brilliance
budget
burglary
cameos
capably
caricature
camouflage
capricious
carburetor
catastrophe
cavalcade
celestial
cerebral
chagrin
chameleon
chandelier
chaotic
characteristic
chasm
chastise
chauffeur
chronic
chrysanthemum
circumference
citadel
clique
cocoon
collaborate
collateral
colleague
colonel
confiscate
conceivable
concurrent
conscientious
conscious
consciousness
consequence
considerable
contagious
contiguous
continuous
controversy
correlation
correspondence
corroborate
council
criticism
criticize
critique
deficiency
curriculum
defamation
desirable
desolate
deterrent
diagnosis
dialogue
dilemma
disbursement
discernible
discrepancy
dominance
embargo
endeavor
envious
epidemic
equilibrium
erroneous
escalator
excessive
existence
extremity
extricate
facade
fashionable
fiasco
fiery
flamboyant
forgery
frivolous
frostbitten
glamorous
gorgeous
grotesque
gymnasium
haphazard
hazardous
headquarters
honorary
horrific
hospitality
incidentally
inconvenience
indulgence
inept
inevitable
innumerable
insistent
insufficient
integrity
intermittent
internally
interrogate
jewelry
legitimate
leisure
lieutenant
longevity
lucrative
lunar
luncheon
luxurious
malady
malicious
malignant
melodious
mercenary
meteor
meticulous
metropolitan
minimize
miscellaneous
mischievous
misdemeanor
necessity
negligence
neutral
newsstand
nostalgia
noticeable
obesity
obscure
obsolete
obstinate
occurred
optimism
optimistic
outrageous
pageant
parachute
paralysis
parliament
penitentiary
perceived
permeate
perseverance
personality
persuade
phenomenon
pneumonia
politician
potential
precipice
precocious
predecessor
preferably
prestigious
procrastinate
propeller
prosperous
protein
psychiatrist
questionnaire
radioactive
rampage
raspberry
reasonable
recipe
recognition
recruit
recurrent
rehearsal
relevant
religious
reprimand
restaurant
rotten
sacrifice
sanctuary
sandwich
scandalized
scenery
simile
schedule
scheme
scholar
secretary
semester
serviceable
shrine
sieve
snobbery
solitary
sophomore
sincerely
sincerity
skeptical
souvenir
spacious
specific
stationery
statistics
studious
subtlety
suburban
surmise
susceptible
subscription
superintendent
supervisor
supposedly
suspicious
taboo
technically
technology
tolerate
tongue
tournament
traitor
tyranny
unacceptable
unconscious
undernourished
unduly
unenforceable
unfortunately
unique
universal
unpredictable
university
unnecessary
unsanitary
utopia
vaccinate
vacillate
venom
vertigo
vessel
vigilant
villain
vitamin
vivacious
vocalize
voracious
voucher
vulnerable
withhold
valuable
vehicle
version
vertical
vigorous
violation
visualize
voyage
wealthy
weapon
wilderness

Monday
January 26

High C Academic: Spring 2015

By cantonel