Grade Level 8
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 word is SYNAPSE with a point value of 62 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.

·         SYNAPSE            the point at which a nerve impulse passes from one neuron to another


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

·         ASPEN            any of several poplar trees

·         SPAN            (n) the distance from the end of the thumb to the end of the little finger; a unit of length equal to nine inches; a      portion of time; the spread from one support to another; (v) to reach or extend across; to construct a span over

·         PASSE            out of date

·         NEAP            the tide of least range occurring during the first and third quarters of the moon


  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.