Dear Focus Families,
In November, we are kicking off our first WordMasters challenge of the school year. You may be thinking, “What is the WordMasters Challenge?”
The WordMasters Challenge is a national competition for students in grades 3-8 that encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning. Each year, over 125,000 students from some of the best public and private schools throughout the United States participate in the WordMasters Challenge.
Through analogies, children practice making connections while recognizing recently acquired vocabulary in literature which improves their reading comprehension. The WordMasters Challenge helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. Most importantly, analogies allow students to develop their growth mindset and stretch their thinking.
In order to be successful in the WordMasters competition, students will need to master the meanings of the vocabulary words and thoughtfully consider relationships between their words and develop potential analogies.
- After you have learned the meanings of your words, think about possible relationships among them.
- Which words have similar meanings?
- Which words have nearly opposite meanings?
- Some words have more than one meaning. You should know the multiple meanings.
- Think about some categories into which several words might be grouped.
- Be sure you understand the part of speech of a word (noun, verb, adjective, adverb) as it is used in the analogy.
- Pay special attention to the prefixes or suffixes of words, because they are often clues to meaning and part of speech.
- Keep your first list. Some of the words will appear in the second and third WordMasters Challenge meets later in the school year.
Also, please consider the WordMasters website, which has general information about the competition as well as links to analogy practice activities. Use the following link to access the WordMasters site. Click on the "resources" tab to find links to additional practice opportunities.
Additional General Analogy Practice:
Analogy Jeopardy: http://www.quia.com/cb/148767.html
Word Relationships: http://www.quia.com/quiz/748000.html?AP_rand=1225189222