Grade Level 6
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 MARINES and SEMINAR with a point value of 59 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.

·         SEMINAR            a course of study followed by a group of advanced students; a meeting for giving and discussing information

·         MARINES            a member of the U.S. Marine Corp


  1. Here are some other words that can be derived from today’s set of letters.  The definitions come from the Scrabble dictionary.

·         MANSE            the residence of a member of the clergy

·         REAM            a quantity of paper equal to 480, 500 or 516 sheets

·         MISER            a person who lives poorly to save money

·         MESA            a flat-topped hill or small plateau with steep sides


EXTRA CREDIT: Ask your students if they could have one more tile to create an eight letter bingo, what tile would they want?


·    ANSWER:            Y for SEMINARY (63 points)  a school for the training                          of clergy           


  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.