Language Arts Classroom Competition

WordMasters: Grade 5 Blue Division Jan-Feb '09

All of the words listed here will appear in the second WordMasters Challenge, which will be held at your school between February 2 and February 20. (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:

SNARL : IRRITATING :: SMILE : _______________________
(a. foolhardy / b. adroit / c. disarming / d. placid / e. cautious)

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 "backfire" and "plunder" and "boomerang" and "loot" and "retreat" on this list, can be either a noun or a verb depending on how they are used. "Keen" can be a verb 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 "caution" but also "cautious," not just "craving" but also "crave," not just "disarm" but also "disarming," not just "adroit" but also "adroitness," etc.

  1. yen
  2. disarm
  3. lithe
  4. caution
  5. plunder
  6. dappled
  7. boomerang
  8. retreat
  9. shoddy
  10. tsunami
  11. rile
  12. spindly
  13. spoils
  14. backtrack
  15. keen
  16. juggernaut
  17. disband
  18. acute
  19. summit
  20. defuse
  21. foolhardy
  22. loot
  23. backfire
  24. adroit
  25. craving

(Click here for the word list.)

Note: Some of these words will also appear in the third WordMasters Challenges, scheduled for later this year.

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Sunday January 18th 2009, 8:19 PM
Comment by: Lynn L. (Janesville, WI)
This is wonderful! Thank you so much for setting this wordlist up for everyone. It will really help my students in this competition!
Thursday January 29th 2009, 12:09 PM
Comment by: Jan S. (Chula Vista, CA)
Thank you for creating these helpful lists.

I am wondering how the test date is determined. My daughter's class will be tested Monday, 2/2. It seems as though it came upon us very quicly, with little time to prepare.

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