Grade Level 6
Lesson 41



  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 CHEMIST with a point value of 64 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.

·         CHEMIST            one who is trained in chemistry; a pharmacist


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

·         CHIME            (n) a set of tuned bells or the sound of those bells; (v) to make the sound of the bells

·         ETHICS            the study of good and evil and moral responsibility; a set of moral principles

·         CHIT            a signed voucher for a small debt

·         ETCH            to make lines on with acid

·         SHIM            (n) a tiny piece of material to fill in or expand the space between things; (v) to use a shim


  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.