Grade Level 8
Lesson 76



  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 FRUGAL 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.

·         FRUGAL            thrifty


  1. Here are some other words that can be derived from today’s set of letters.  The definitions come from the Scrabble dictionary. 

·         AUGER             tool for boring holes

·         EARFUL            an outpouring of gossip

·         FLARE            (n) a fire or blaze of light used to signal; (v) to burn or shine; to        open or spread outward

·         FARE            (v) to proceed toward a goal; to dine; (n) money that a person      pays for transportation; food

·         FLUE            a channel in a chimney for smoke and flame to go up

·         FURL            to wrap or roll


  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.