Grade Level 5
Lesson 28



  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 word is INFLATE with a point value of 60 points.  If no one in the class identifies the word, then take a few minutes to introduce the word by discussing its (1) spelling (2) pronunciation, (3) definition, (4) part of speech and (5) use in a sentence. 

·               INFLATE            to swell or fill with air; to increase abnormally


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

·               FINALE            the close or end of something

·               ENTAIL            to have as a necessary part

·               FILET            a slice of boneless meat or fish

·               INLET            a small or narrow bay

·               FEINT            a pretended attack in order to distract attention from the           point of attack

·               FAINT            (adj) weak, feeling dizzy, timid, dim


  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.