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WordMasters: Grade 4 Gold Division Mar-Apr '10

WordMasters: Grade 4 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:

FOOD  :  VEGETABLE  ::  FABRIC  :  _________________
(a. ruffle   /  b. remnant  /  c. hem  /  d. brocade  /  e. shirt)

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 "pepper" and "ruffle" and "grimace" and "lunge" and "recoil" and "deluge" and "scowl" and "recoil" and "clasp" 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 "proclaim" but also "proclamation," not just "eager" but also "eagerness," not just "hemisphere" but also "sphere," not just "dignified" but also "dignity," not just "torrent" but also "torrential," not just "illiterate" but also "literacy" and "literate," not just "confide" but also "confidant," etc.

  1. disk
  2. clasp
  3. prim
  4. remnant
  5. proclaim
  6. stilted
  7. ruffle
  8. pummel
  9. dignified
  10. brocade
  11. recoil
  12. astute
  13. grimace
  14. deluge
  15. pliable
  16. hemisphere
  17. lunge
  18. deft
  19. torrent
  20. pepper
  21. illiterate
  22. scowl
  23. confide
  24. eager
  25. fabric

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Tuesday April 6th 2010, 6:48 AM
Comment by: William K. (Old Greenwich, CT)
Well done Visual Thesaurus well done

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