- Students will use phonetic and structural analysis and knowledge of words to expand their vocabulary.
Write the letters and point values on the board before the students arrive.
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.
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.
Today’s highest scoring words are CONTOUR and CROUTON with a point value of 62 points. If no one in the class identifies either of the words, then take a few minutes to introduce the words by discussing their (1) spelling (2) pronunciation, (3) definition, (4) part of speech and (5) use in a sentence.
· CONTOUR the outline of a figure, body or surface
· CROUTON a small cube of toasted bread
- Here are some other words that can be derived from today’s set of letters. The definitions come from the Scrabble dictionary.
· CROON to hum or sing in a soft low voice
· COO to talk lovingly
· CUR a mongrel dog
Ask students to reflect on the strategies they used to create their highest scoring word.
Ask students to add these new words to their vocabulary notebook.