Analogies Elementary Students

Analogies Elementary Students

From the Students: "Our teacher just learned another definition for the word scanty…"

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Here is another well-written persuasive letter from two students hoping to start a WordMasters Team in their new middle school. I wonder if you'll learn a new definition for an old word from their letter, too. Did you know a farmer uses a scuffle? Have a wonderful week!

 

Dear Mr. S.,

            We are two students from Chestwood School. We would like to inform you about our abundant requests for the WordMasters Challenge in middle school. We think that WordMasters can teach students a lot, not just in school but also out of school. We definitely think that it does! Here are some reasons why they should have the WordMasters Challenge. They extend and alter students’ vocabulary, they help students understand analogies and comparing things in real life, and they help students learn definitions of words that they may use in everyday life.

            They extend students’ vocabulary by having them study for the competition, thus making them keep the words they learn in their minds. Words like contraband and alter are used everywhere. They’re used in television, on signs, in speeches, etc. Words like scanty and lumber help you learn new definitions of the same words. Our teacher has taught WordMasters for a long time and she just learned another definition for the word scanty, and as funny as it may seem, scanty also means brief underpants. She also just learned another definition for the word scuffle. As well as being a short and confused fight, it’s also a type of hoe for construction. As you can see, WordMasters extends vocabulary.

            WordMasters helps students’ understanding of analogies and comparing things in real life. We compare things in real life in lots of ways. By people and their jobs, what people use in their jobs, etc. Example: Farmers use scythes and scuffles, just like cooks use spatulas. We have observed that our students use an abundant amount of analogies to describe anything they can think of. We also use analogies, not just in language arts, but also in science, math, social studies, and many more subjects. It’s basically classifying things in a new way. As you can see, WordMasters help students’ understand analogies and comparing things in real life.

            WordMasters help students learn definitions of words they can use in real life. It helps you learn more advanced words. All of our WordMasters are supposed to be challenging, and they are. I think we can all agree that these words are challenging and are at a seventh grade level. Also, my partner and I didn’t know lots of the definitions or meanings of the WordMasters words. We have found out many new words that we have never heard and now we have used them in our sentences many times. WordMasters help student learn definitions and meanings of words they can use in real life.

            We wouldn’t like to sound like a broken record, but WordMasters means a lot to Chestwood students. We would really appreciate it if you put our request into consideration. We know that WordMasters help students extend their vocabulary, helps students understand analogies and comparing things in real life, and they help students learn definitions of words you can use in life. We have one more supporting thought. We have used many, many WordMasters words in this letter.

 

                                    We would like you to consider our request,

                                                G. and N.


 

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From the Students: Before you know it, kids will be saying, “A skinflint took my money!”

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A group of students teamed up and wrote letters to their future junior high schools which did not have a WordMasters team. Their intent was to get a team started at their new school so they could continue participating in the WordMasters Challenge this coming school year. We thought they said it best in their own words. Enjoy!

 

December 11, 2012

Dear Mr. H,

            Did you know that kids that know more words are generally smarter children? Well, it’s true! And if you want that for your students, then you should do this thing called WORDMASTERS. It’s a fun way to learn lots of new words. Now if you don’t mind… we’d like to tell you a thing or two about this educational system.

            WordMasters words are a great way to enrich a student’s vocabulary! If all the grades did WordMasters then 1st graders could read Harry Potter books! Kids will be able to do harder assignments at younger grades. Before you know it, kids will be saying, “What an exquisite day today!” and “A skinflint took my money!!!” It sounds strange now but if your students do WordMasters, this is what your average conversation might sound like!

            With WordMasters words, you will develop smarter children! Your students will have better grades and don’t forget, better grades mean better jobs, which will help our economy. You could do all this and more if only you would allow us to compete in the WordMasters Challenge! It’s a tremendous way to learn analogies too. If only you had WordMasters at your school, your students could be mini geniuses!

            OHH! And how could I forget to tell you!!! Not only is WordMasters educational, it’s also a really fun way to learn! I mean we obviously enjoy it or we wouldn’t be writing this 5-paragraph essay about doing it next year. If we like the work, we won’t complain about doing it. It cultivates learning for us! (By the way, cultivate was a Word Masters word!) Our teacher rewards us for finding our words in books or using them in our writing, which will help us through school and through our lives! It makes it fun competing to find the words for the candy. That’s why we enjoy them so much!

            Now as you can see, WordMasters is obviously a spectacular idea but it’s your choice. If you don’t want your students to have a fabulous vocabulary then so be it. Oh, you can’t possibly forget about cultivating learning for your students! Now you can hopefully see that WordMasters is the smartest way to take your student’s education and that I strongly recommend it! Thank you for your time, sir.                      

                                    Sincerely,

                                    Two of Mrs. R’s LA students





 

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2011-12 Year-End Results Posted

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The scores have been tabulated and the results of the 2011-12 WordMasters Challenge are in!  Click here to access information about the outstanding schools and students in each division.  The Past Results page also includes a chart depicting the qualifying scores for each grade to receive Highest Honors, Honors, and 
Honorable Mention in both the Blue Division and the Gold Division.  (Note:  These results were mailed to each Team Leader last week, so you should have received a paper copy by now.)

The outstanding teams and students at each level receive an official WordMasters press release that can be used to publicize their students' accomplishments.  However, we encourage all schools to celebrate their high achievers and most improved team members.  Please send up copies of any media (videos, photographs, newsletter articles, press clippings) that feature your WordMasters Challenge participants.  We are creating a new "WordMasters Challenge in the News" section for our website, newsletter and Facebook page.

If you haven't enrolled your teams for next year yet, click the Enroll tab at the top of the page to complete our easy online enrollment.  If you need to submit a Purchase Order, you can request an Order Form (go to "Contact Us").  However, we encourage you to also complete the online enrollment form (choosing the "Bill Me Later" option on the checkout page) to ensure that we have complete and accurate contact information.  Word lists and test materials will be distributed via email from now on, so it is essential that we have the Team Leader's email in our database.

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Expand Your Vocabulary and Sharpen Your Analogy Skills with Twitter

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Follow us on Twitter and play along as we tweet daily analogies.  Analogies will be posted Monday through Friday, increasing in difficulty as the week progresses (like the NY Times Crossword Puzzle!).  The number that appears before the analogy indicates the Challenge level where the analogy was previously used; for example, (4B) means the analogy appeared in a 4th Grade - Blue Division Challenge.

If you are unfamiliar with analogy notation, remember that a single colon (:) means "is to" and a double colon (::) means "as".  So "black : white :: good : evil" reads "black is to white as good is to evil".  Usually, we leave just the last term out, so to solve the analogy you choose the word that makes the most sense.  Sometimes we leave the second part of the analogy out altogether, so you must choose a pair of words that have the same relationship as the first pair.

The correct answer to each day's analogy will be tweeted the following day.  

Teachers, this is a great way to keep your students thinking analytically over the summer and between Challenge meets!  

Good luck and have fun!


 

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Contribute to the WordMasters Resource Center

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By now you have had a chance to check out our new website.  We hope you like the changes we have made.  Now we would like to ask for your help in “filling out” our Idea Gallery

Are there any websites or tools that you find helpful in preparing your students for the WordMasters Challenge?  We want to list them on our Teacher Tools page.  Just go to the Contact Us page at our website and send us a message including the link(s) to resources you find helpful and a brief explanation of how you use this tool with your students.

Thank for your sharing your ideas and talents with other WordMasters Challenge schools!



 



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Exciting Upgrades to WordMasters Challenge and Website

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Welcome to WordMasters' new and improved website!  We are very excited about the changes we are introducing for the 2012-13 school year.  My name is Lisa Kennedy, and I am the new Executive Director for WordMasters’ elementary and middle school programs.  In this blog, I would like to point out some of the changes we have made to serve you better.

First and foremost, we are making it easier to enroll teams, receive Challenge materials, and submit your team’s Challenge results.  All of these tasks can be accomplished online beginning with enrollment for 2012-13 and continuing with word list distribution for Meet #1 in October.   (Please note:  Scores for Meet #3 of the current WordMasters Challenge 2011-12 cannot be submitted using our online form.  Please continue to send your scores by mail or fax.  See the Submit Challenge Scores page on our website for more details.)

Second, our online format eliminates the need to make copies of cumbersome legal-size documents.  All of the Word List and Challenge documents will be downloadable letter-size PDF documents.  You will receive an email several weeks before each Meet with directions for how to download the WordMasters materials you have purchased.  Simply download the appropriate files and make the number of copies you need for your team.  When you have completed scoring, return to our website and enter your top ten scores into the Results form.  It’s that easy!

Third, we have taken many of the ideas you have shared with us in the past and posted them in our Idea Gallery under the Resources tab of the website.  We hope to continue expanding this exchange of ideas (including photos and videos) over the coming months.  Please send us your stories and suggestions regarding the WordMasters Challenge, analogies, vocabulary, verbal reasoning, lesson plans, and any any other idea you might have!

We hope you like the new look and feel of the WordMasters Challenge, and we look forward to hearing your comments. 


 

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Official WordMasters Logo Merchandise Now Available

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Have you checked out the new official WordMasters Challenge merchandise available through our website?  Now, for the first time, you can purchase items imprinted with our new WM logo to use as rewards and/or incentives for your students. 

We are offering bright blue WordMasters pencils in bundles of 10 for only $5 (note:  All prices include shipping and handling, so there are no additional charges!)
 

We also have matching drawstring backpacks featuring
our new logo for only$6 each. 

If your students really want to show their team spirit, why not purchase official WordMasters Challenge T-shirts? They are offered in a full range of youth and adult sizes.

And what better way to thank your Team Leaders than presenting them with a high-quality WordMasters tote bag with its brightly embroidered logo?  At only $18, it is an affordable gesture of appreciation for a job well done!

Tote bags are available for immediate shipment.  T-shirts, backpacks, and pencil bundles can be ordered now, and will be shipped for delivery at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.  Please note that all merchandise orders must be prepaid and all sales are final.

What other items would you like to see in the WordMasters webstore?  Let us know!

 



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