Language Arts Classroom Competition

WordMasters: Grade 5 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:

STORE  :  CLOSED  ::  PLANT  :  _____________________
(a. sallow  /  b. repealed  /  c. dormant  /  d. fallow  /  e. ruddy)

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 "pluck" and "neglect" and "repeal" 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 "elusive" but also "elude," not just "prohibit" but also "prohibition," not just "fluctuation" but also "fluctuate," not just "deteriorate" but also "deterioration," not just "pursue" but also "pursuit," not just "withdraw" but also "withdrawal," not just "reject" but also "rejection," not just "immobile" but also "mobile" and "immobility," not just "clangor" but also "clangorous," not just "clamor" but also "clamorous," not just "zeal" but also "zealous," etc.

  1. sect
  2. repeal
  3. sallow
  4. zeal
  5. deteriorate
  6. elusive
  7. clique
  8. spurn
  9. fallow
  10. pluck
  11. withdraw
  12. ruddy
  13. brink
  14. neglect
  15. dormant
  16. clamor
  17. pursue
  18. tepid
  19. flaw
  20. prohibit
  21. ashen
  22. fluctuation
  23. reject
  24. immobile
  25. clangor

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Thursday April 1st 2010, 1:48 PM
Comment by: Teresa G. (Old Greenwich, CT)
I consider myself somewhat of a wordsmith. I majored in Journalism, along time ago, but I have the hardest time helping my daughter with WordMaster. Above is the words she is currently working on. Can anyone give me any tips or show my how Visual Thesaurus might help us. Please!!
Thanks, Teresa Ginsberg

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