Language Arts Classroom Competition

WordMasters: Grade 3 Gold 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:

AROMA  :  BAKERY  ::  STENCH  :  ______________________
(a. garage  /  b. grocery store  /  c. school  /  d. garbage dump  /  e. hospital)

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 "peck" and "beam" and "tussle" and "roost" and "wedge" and "clutch" and "cascade" and "boast" and "snatch" and "shimmer" on this list, can be either a noun or a verb depending on how they are used.  "Foul" can be a noun or an adjective.)  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 "flawless" but also "flaw" and "flawed," not just "aroma" but also "aromatic," not just "fragrant" but also "fragrance," not just "modest" but also "modesty," not just "boast" but also "boastful," not just "faulty" but also "fault," not just "beam" but also "beaming," etc.

  1. peck
  2. tussle
  3. flawless
  4. wedge
  5. clutch
  6. modest
  7. roost
  8. cascade
  9. foul
  10. segment
  11. doze
  12. glowing
  13. moat
  14. seep
  15. gloat
  16. beam
  17. shimmer
  18. conceited
  19. aroma
  20. snatch
  21. fragrant
  22. liter
  23. stench
  24. faulty
  25. boast

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