Grade Level 5
Lesson 32



  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 GALLERY, ALLERGY and REGALLY with a point value of 61 points.  If no one in the class identifies any of the words, 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. 

·               GALLERY            an outdoor balcony; a room for the exhibition of art; a balcony in an auditorium; a photographer’s studio

·               ALLERGY            an abnormal reaction to substances or physical states that most people do not have

·               REGALLY            related to a king


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

·              GALLEY            the kitchen of a ship or airplane

·              LYRE               a stringed instrument

·              ARGYLE            a pattern designed with different colored diamond shapes

·              GALL               nerve


  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.