Grade Level 5
Lesson 40



  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 LIBERTY 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. 

·               SENATOR            a member of a senate

·               TREASON            betrayal of trust; crime of trying to overthrow one’s government


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

·               ONSET               beginning

·               SONAR               an instrument that uses sound waves to find the location of objects underwater

·               ATONE               to make up for a wrong

·               ORATE               to speak publicly

·               ARSON               the crime of intentionally setting fire to

·               TENOR               the general meaning of something spoken; the next to lowest singing voice in a harmony of four


  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.