Grade Level 5
Lesson 48



  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 EMBRACE with a point value of 63 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. 

·               EMBRACE            (n) a hug; (v) to hug; to accept gladly; to include


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

·              AMBER                 a dark orange yellow

·              BERM                   a shelf or path at the top or bottom of a slope

·              EMBER                  a glowing piece of coal or wood in a fire

·              BEAM                    a heavy piece of timber or metal used as main support                 of a building or ship; the bar of a balance from                 which scales hang; the width of a ship at its widest                 point; a ray of light; a constant radio signal sent out as                 a guide

·              CARB                     slang for carbohydrate           


  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.