Grade Level 6
Lesson 38



  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 PRIMATE with a point value of 61 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.

·         PRIMATE            any of an order of mammals that are characterized by hands and feet that grasp, a relatively large complex          brain, and vision in which objects are seen in three dimension


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

·         IMPART             to give or grant; to make known; to disclose

·         PRIME              (n) the earliest stage; (adj) first in time; first in rank or importance; (v) to get ready for firing; to put a first          coat of paint on; to put into working order

·         TAMPER            to drive in with a series of blows; to lessen

·         PIRATE            (v) to steal someone’s idea without permission

·         TAPER            (n) a slender candle; (v) to become smaller and more pointed

·         REMIT            to pardon; to give over for judgment or action; to send money for payment


  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.