Grade Level 5
Lesson 54



  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 LENGTH with a point value of 10 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. 

·               LENGTH            measured distance; amount of time something takes; a piece             of something long; the distance from top to bottom of             clothing


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

·              TANGLE            (v) to complicate or confuse; to become entangled; to twist            together to make it hard to get apart (n) a snarl

·              LATHE              a machine in which a piece of material is held and turned            while being shaped by a tool  

·              GLEAN              to gather little by little

·              GALE                a strong current of air


  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.