Grade Level 5
Lesson 26



  1. Students will use phonetic and structural analysis and knowledge of words to expand their vocabulary.



  1. Write the letters and point values on the board before the students arrive.
  2. Give the students a couple of minutes to create the highest scoring word out of the letters of the day.  Remind them that if they use all 7 letters, they score a Scrabble “bingo” and get a 50 point bonus.
  3. Ask the students to volunteer the words they have created and list those words on the board with their point values. Make sure to point out homophones, homonyms, prefixes, suffixes, word roots and words with more than one definition. 
  4. Today’s highest scoring words are DECIMAL, CLAIMED and MEDICAL with a point value of 62 points.  If no one in the class identifies either word, then take a few minutes to introduce the words by discussing their (1) spelling (2) pronunciation, (3) definition, (4) part of speech and (5) use in a sentence. 

·               DECIMAL            any real number expressed in base 10

·               MEDICAL            related to the practice of medicine

·               CLAIMED            asked for as rightfully belonging to oneself


  1. Here are some other words that can be derived from today’s set of letters.

·               CLIME            climate

·               DECAL            a label that can be transferred to glass (as to glass)           from special paper

·               MALICE            ill will

·               MEDIA            forms of communication used to reach large numbers of            people

·               MEDIAL            ordinary

·               ACME            the highest point


  1. Ask students to reflect on the strategies they used to create their highest scoring word.
  2. Ask students to add these new words to their vocabulary notebook.