Dolch sight words are introduced to students each year from kindergarten through third grade. Dolch sight words become the vocabulary basics. The list of 5th grade Dolch sight words would be those basic words.
By the time a student has completed 3rd grade, they will have been exposed to 220 sight words. Check out this printable which lists the sight words for each grade:
This is a good classroom game for spelling and can be played by two students or two teams. There is another version that you can call Melting Snowman, Disappearing Man, or Invisible Man. It is like reverse Hangman, where you draw two figures on the board with an equal number of parts. They can be stick people, snowmen, or any thing else that can have between 12 and 15 parts. Students take turns saying a word, spelling it, and saying it again. When one team member spells a word right, one part of the other team’s man gets erased by him or her. The winner is the team which has a part of its man showing after the other one disappears or melts. This game could also be used for vocabulary practice.
One student is the "bee" and stands behind another student’s desk. The student sitting has to spell the word. If he or she is correct, he or she becomes the "bee" and the former bee sits in that desk. If the student misses it, the whole class spells it together. You can keep the other students engaged by letting them give a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" after each student spells a word.
Fun School.Kaboose.com has some arcade-type games to help with spelling and vocabulary. Some fun ones are:
Teachers and parents can make their own word games, word search puzzles and crosswords puzzles, at several sites online. Here are a few good ones:
If you are looking for one site that has links to a lot of educational games, Gamequarium is it. Although it does not give specific grade levels, it covers many of them.
For example: If you go to the Directory and click on Readquarium, you will be taken to a page where you have these choices:
Clicking on vocabulary gives you choices like: Analogies, Antonyms, Categorizing, Context Clues, Homophones, Prefixes, Root Words, Suffixes, Synonyms, and Word Meaning.