Grade Level 8
Lesson 34



  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 WEATHER and WREATHE with a point value of 63 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.

·         WEATHER            (n) the state of the atmosphere; (v) to change because of exposure to the atmosphere; to bear            up against and come through safely

·         WREATHE            to form into a wreath


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

·         WREATH            something twisted or woven into a circular shape

·         EWER            a vase-shaped pitcher or jug

·         THAW            to melt

·         WHET            to sharpen by rubbing on or with something

·         WRATH            anger


  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.