Grade Level 5
Lesson 53



  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 IMPULSE 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. 

·               IMPULSE            a force that starts a body into motion; a sudden stirring to              do something


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

·              IMPEL            to urge or drive into action

·              PLUME            a large a showy feather; something that is shaped like a            feather

·              PULSE            throbbing caused by contractions of the heart; a rhythmic          beat; a sound wave lasting only a short period of time

·              SPIEL            fast, smooth talk intended to sell something

·              LISP              to pronounce s and z in an imperfect way

·              PLIE              a ballet technique


  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.