Language Arts Classroom Competition

WordMasters: Grade 3 Blue Division Nov-Dec '10

All of the words listed here will appear in the first 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:

FOR  A  WEEK  :  VISIT  ::  FOR  A  YEAR  : ______________________________
(a. hail  /  b. dwell  /  c. quarrel  /  d. drench  /  e. desert)

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 can be pronounced in more than one way, and many, such as "desert" and "hail" and "quarrel" and "master" on this list, can be either a noun or a verb depending on how they are used.  "Patient" can be a noun or an adjective.   "Mute" can be an adjective, a noun, or a verb.)  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 "quarrel" but also "quarrelsome," not just "master" but also "mastery," not just "hasty" but also "hasten," not just "moisten" but also "moist" and "moisture," not just "desert" but also "desertion" and "deserted," not just "idle" but also "idleness," not just "dwell" but also "dwelling," not just "patient," but also "patience," etc.

  1. drought
  2. quarrel
  3. ancient
  4. blizzard
  5. desert
  6. mild
  7. filly
  8. drench
  9. mute
  10. colt
  11. master
  12. patient
  13. stallion
  14. condemn
  15. temporary
  16. lair
  17. moisten
  18. idle
  19. surgeon
  20. hail
  21. permanent
  22. chef
  23. dwell
  24. hasty
  25. novice

Keep this list.  Some of these words will also appear in the second and third WordMasters Challenges, scheduled for later this year.

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Tuesday January 11th 2011, 10:07 AM
Comment by: Eileen H.
Will the Wordmasters Grade 3 Blue Division word list for January-February 2011 be posted?

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Welcome to the November-December 2010 WordMasters Challenge!