Grade Level 5
Lesson 45



  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 CASHIER 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. 

·               CASHIER            an officer of a bank who is responsible for all of the money received and paid out; an employee who              receives and records payments


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

·              CHAISE              a two-wheel carriage with a folding top

·              CHAR                (n) a type of trout with small scales; (v) to scorch

·              ARCH                (n) a curved part of a structure; part of the foot that gives it flexibility; an archway; (v) to cover with an             arch; to form an arch

·              SHEAR               (v) to clip like wool from a sheep; to deprive of by cutting off; to become divided; (n) a cutting tool like a             pair of scissors


  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.