Grade Level 6
Lesson 36



  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 LIMBER, LUMBER, and RUMBLE with a point value of 10 points.  If no one in the class identifies the words, then take a few minutes to introduce them by discussing their (1) spelling (2) pronunciation, (3) definition, (4) part of speech and (5) use in a sentence.

·         LIMBER            bending easily; flexible

·         LUMBER            (v) to move clumsily; (n) logs that are sawed and ready for use in construction

·         RUMBLE            to move with a low heavy rolling sound


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

·         BLUR                (n) something vague or lacking outline; (v) to smear or make hard to see clearly

·         BRIE                 a type of cheese

·         IMBUE              to spread through or influence deeply

·         UMBER              a yellowish brown color


  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.