Language Arts Classroom Competition

WordMasters: Grade 3 Blue Division Mar-Apr '10

All of the words listed here will appear in the first WordMasters Challenge, which will be held at your school between April 1 and April 22.  (Your teacher will tell you exactly when.)  The WordMasters Challenge is an analogy-solving contest.  The contest will challenge you to use the words from your list in logical pairs that will look like this:

GENTLY  :  PAT  ::  ROUGHLY  :  _________________________
(a. loot  /  b. prey  /  c. batter  /  d. douse  /  e. botch)

To do this well, you will have to understand the exact meanings of all of your words, and you will have to reason carefully about the relationships shown in the pairs.

Here is how you should get ready for the Challenge:  After you have learned the meanings of these words, think about possible relationships among them.  Which words have similar meanings?  Which words have nearly opposite meanings?  (Of course, some words have more than one meaning.)  Think of some categories under which several words might be grouped.

Be sure you understand the part of speech of a word — whether it's a noun, a verb, or an adjective.  (Some words, such as "sow," can be pronounced in more than one way, and many, such as "ram" and "sow" and "prey" and "batter" and "loot" and "mine" and "pause" and "nudge" and "trickle" on this list, can be either a noun or a verb depending on how they are used.)  Pay attention to the prefixes and suffixes of words, because they are often clues to meaning and part of speech.  And try to familiarize yourself with other forms of these words — not just "hesitate" but also "hesitation," not just "brawny" but also "brawn" and "brawniness," not just "festive" but also "festival" and "festivity," not just "dainty" but also "daintiness," not just "hardy" but also "hardiness," etc.

  1. batter
  2. hesitate
  3. willowy
  4. pasture
  5. douse
  6. hardy
  7. sow
  8. prey
  9. brawny
  10. dough
  11. pause
  12. lively
  13. hutch
  14. loot
  15. dainty
  16. pantry
  17. trickle
  18. festive
  19. quarry
  20. botch
  21. somber
  22. mine
  23. nudge
  24. scattered
  25. ram

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