Language Arts Classroom Competition

WordMasters: Grade 3 Blue Division Nov-Dec '09

All of the words listed here will appear in the second WordMasters Challenge, which will be held at your school between November 20 and December 11.  (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:

KITTENS  :  PLAY  ::  LAMBS  : _________________________
(a. glide  /  b. frisk  /  c. bleat  /  d. stumble  /  e. creep)

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 "whimper" and "gust" and "mist" and "stammer" and "stumble" and "bleat" 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 "halting" but also "halt," not just "gust" but also "gusty," not just "graceful" but also "grace," not just "frisky" but also "frisk" and "friskiness," not just "delicate" but also "delicacy," not just "pit" but also "pitted," not just "drowsy"  but also  "drowsiness," etc.

  1. cloudburst
  2. glide
  3. fragile
  4. rind
  5. bleat
  6. halting
  7. core
  8. stammer
  9. awkward
  10. gust
  11. stumble
  12. drowsy
  13. pulp
  14. extinguish
  15. frisky
  16. trench
  17. creep
  18. delicate
  19. whimper
  20. crumple
  21. weary
  22. mist
  23. trudge
  24. graceful
  25. pit

(Click here for the word list.)

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Sunday January 17th 2010, 11:11 AM
Comment by: Shuva M. (San Diego, CA)
I can't find the 2010 wordlist for grade 3. Is it on the website, or not yet?

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