Language Arts Classroom Competition

WordMasters: Grade 5 Blue 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:

SHOUT  :  WHISPER  ::  SPLURGE  :  _______________________
(a. haggle  /  b. scrimp  /  c. lavish  /  d. waste  /  e. purchase)

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 "glaze" and "rout" and "splurge" and "nurture" and "purchase" and "dredge" on this list, can be either a noun or a verb depending on how they are used.  "Lavish" 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 "dwelling" but also "dwell," not just "frugal" but also "frugality," not just "cultivate" but also "cultivation," not just "buoyant" but also "buoyancy," not just "excavate" but also "excavation," not just "hewn" but also "hew," not just "brusque" but also "brusqueness," not just "resist" but also "resistant" and "resistance," etc.

  1. hearth
  2. dredge
  3. hewn
  4. purchase
  5. cultivate
  6. buoyant
  7. rout
  8. excavate
  9. leaden
  10. dregs
  11. scrimp
  12. lavish
  13. chasm
  14. haggle
  15. resist
  16. downfall
  17. nurture
  18. frugal
  19. glaze
  20. splurge
  21. aloft
  22. vessel
  23. dote
  24. brusque
  25. dwelling

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Monday May 17th 2010, 1:23 PM
Comment by: Shanelle S. (Huffman, TX)
how do i find the gold division?
Monday May 17th 2010, 2:05 PM
Comment by: Ben Zimmer (New York, NY)Visual Thesaurus ContributorVisual Thesaurus Moderator
Shanelle: You can find all of the divisions listed here:


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