Grade Level 5
Lesson 43



  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 AVERAGE 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. 

·               AVERAGE            (n) arithmetic mean; a level typical of a class; a ratio of tries to total tries; (adj) ordinary; equal to the                arithmetic mean; to find the average; to do or get usually; to amount to on the average


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

·              EAVE                  the lower edge of a roof that sticks out beyond the wall

·              RAVAGE              to attack with great violence

·              VERGE                the edge or brink of something; the threshold

·              GRAVE               (n) a hole dug to bury a body; (adj) deserving serious consideration; threatening great harm; solemn or              serious


  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.