Language Arts Classroom Competition

WordMasters: Grade 5 Gold Division Jan-Feb '10

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 23.  (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:

JOB  :  CHALLENGING  ::  SPORT  :  ___________________________
(a. mettlesome  /  b. dogged  /  c. rigorous  /  d. valorous  /  e. haggard)

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 "refuse" and "snicker" 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 "rigorous" but also "rigor," not just "evade" but also "evasive" and "evasion," not just "lax" but also "laxity" not just "mettle" but also "mettlesome," not just "wrangle" but also "wrangler," not just "tyrant" but also "tyranny" and "tyrannical," not just "domineer" but also "domineering," not just "establish" but also "establishment," etc..

  1. stamina
  2. evade
  3. sketchy
  4. tyrant
  5. shirk
  6. amicable
  7. mettle
  8. domineer
  9. mundane
  10. disposition
  11. enact
  12. peaked
  13. refuse
  14. establish
  15. lax
  16. threshold
  17. sneer
  18. rigorous
  19. etiquette
  20. bicker
  21. derelict
  22. faux pas
  23. snicker
  24. haggard
  25. wrangle

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

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Monday February 8th 2010, 9:07 PM
Comment by: Teresa G. (Old Greenwich, CT)
My kids have been doing Word Masters for years, I have a hard time helping them study though and we set out all of the index cards they have worked on and we try to make connections but they never really seem to do well on the tests, even though I really feel like they know the words.
Any tips on how I can help them study.
BTW I love this web site.
mom of Kylie 13, CJ 11, Tasha 10

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