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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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September 2015 Newsletter

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September Newsletter: Stick Around App, Study Tools, 2015-16 Registration and Challenge Schedule.

September 2015

WordMasters News!


Welcome back for the 29th annual WordMasters Challenge!  It's almost time to get started -- Meet #1 word lists will be posted on our website and available for download on October 1st.
If you've already enrolled your teams, click here to read through our updated Team Leader Guide. This should answer almost any question you may have about how to administer a team and navigate our website.

If you haven't enrolled yet, it's not too late!  Just click here to Enroll Online or here to download an Order Form to fax or email to us.

Please note our new address:
 
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  • Challenge yourself with The Analogy of The Day
  • Share WordMasters tips
  • And more... 

Team Leader Karen Mensing from Phoenix, AZ took to Twitter to share how her class studied for Meet #3:

My class prepared for the #WordMastersChallenge by learning the vocabulary with @StickAroundApp

 

Click the link above for more information about Stick Around, an educational app by Tony Vincent and MorrisCooke and read Karen's blog about using the app in her classroom.

Another Team Leader shared a program review to encourage other teachers to use WordMasters.

See my review of WordMasters Challenge to see if this #vocabulary competition fits your class! creativeteachersclassroom.com #teachingenglish #edchat

 

Our Most Popular Study Tool

Looking for ways to help your students learn their word lists for each meet? The most downloaded WordMasters™ Study Tool is the essential: We also have many other Study Tools to add fun to learning Word Lists for each meet:
All Study Tools are on our website under Teacher Tools. Do you have a tool to share? E-mail us!

Registration is Still Open for 2015-16 WordMasters Challenge™

Visit our website, www.WordMastersChallenge.com, and click on the yellow Enroll Now button on the right-side of the screen.
  • Enrollment fee is still only $95 per team, with volume discounts for schools enrolling 5 or more teams or school districts registering 5 or more schools.
  • You can pay using a credit card online, or we can invoice you.
  • Click the link to download a purchase order. We ask that you still complete the online enrollment form and select the “Bill Me Later” option to ensure we have accurate and complete contact information. We will invoice you once we receive your purchase order. It’s that easy!

2015-16 Challenge Schedule


Enrollment Deadline: 
September 30th



2015-16 WordMasters Challenge™

Meet #1
Word Lists Available Oct. 1st
Test Administered   Nov. 16th - Dec. 4th 
Score Reporting Deadline   Dec. 11th
Results Available  Dec. 28th
  
Meet #2
Word Lists Available Dec. 7th
Test Administered   Feb. 1st - Feb. 19th 
Score Reporting Deadline   Feb. 26th
Results Available  March 11th
  
Meet #3
Word Lists Available Feb. 22nd
Test Administered   April 4th-April 22nd 
Score Reporting Deadline   April 29th
Results Available  May 13th
  
Cumulative Champions Announced   May 13th 

To find the entire WordMasters Challenge Calendar click here or the Challenge Schedule can be found under the Resources tab on the WordMasters Challenge website.


 

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March 2015 Newsletter

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March 2015

WordMasters News!


I know it's probably cheating to borrow from someone else's newsletter for content for your own newsletter, but I just LOVED this idea I came across in the most recent email I received from Vocabulary.com
 

The Best Way to Get to Know a Word? Interview It!

Too often, when the dictionary comes out — the thinking stops — and students busy themselves with copying the definition. — Peter Pappas

In learning a word, a dictionary definition is a place to start (or end); it cannot capture a word's essence or connotation. Students need to learn that words — like people — have personalities. Some get along with everybody. Some only get along with other select words. Some are comfortable everywhere, while some have special hangouts or niches.

A fun way to reinforce this connotation lesson is to have students write imaginative interviews with words that require them to explore words in multiple contexts and from multiple perspectives. Here is an example of an interview with the word vain, along with the resources on the Vocabulary.com Dictionary page that were used to come up with the answers.

Q and A with Vain

Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

A: Sure, people tend to think of me as either snobby or worthless. If I'm used to describe a person, it's not a compliment. It means that the person is conceited and full of himself. If I'm used to describe an action, it usually means that things didn't go according to plan.

 

(Source: Visual Thesaurus word map for vain)

Q: Do you come from a big family?

A: Not really. I have two siblings — vainly (adv.) and vanity (noun) — but most people are familiar with me — the adjective of the family. 

(Source: Vocabulary.com usage chart for vain)

Q: What about your friends? With whom do you have a lot in common? To whom do you relate?

I have lots of friends — conceitedswollen-headed, and egotistical — to name a few. They are all in my clique.

I am also often spotted with my friend, the preposition "in." When we are together ("in vain"), people think we are useless and get frustrated with us since we aren't productive. 

 

(Source: Vocabulary.com usage examples for vain)

Q: What are some of the highlights of your life?

Well, I made it big in biblical times by working my way into the Ten Commandments: "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain."

It was hard to top that, but I have impressive staying power. Famous poets like Emily Dickinson discovered me ("If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain."), and even pop song writers ("You're so vain you probably think this song is about you..."). (SourcesBrainyquote.comthinkexist.com, and songlyrics.com)

Q: Is there anything else we should know about you?

You should try me out. I'm only one syllable, I rhyme well with others (e.g., gain, pain, train, explain, disdain, etc.), and you can make good use of me when insulting others. (Source: Vocabulary.com Dictionary's advanced search rhyming function)

 
What are the personalities of your Meet #3 words? This technique can be used by students of all ages, but we think your middle schoolers will be particularly creative! Send us your best "interviews" for inclusion in upcoming newsletters and blogs.

March Madness Alternatives

If you're looking for something fun to do with your class, or friends, there are several literary adaptions to the tradition basketball brackets. Out of Print has created a bracket with 64 stories competing head-to-head. "Who will be this year's Cinderella story?"

Celebrating Meet #2 Accomplishments

After each meet, WordMasters™ prepares and sends press releases to the primary school contact for each team placing in the Top Ten within its division, as well as to schools with one or more students earning a perfect score of 20.

To share your team's success with your school or local media, we have created a WordMasters™ Press Release Template, in the Teacher Tools section, which can be downloaded from the website and customized in Microsoft Word for your school.

WordMasters™ Spring Mailing Coming Next Month

The packet from WordMasters™ that will contain:

  • One Champion Medal for each team you have enrolled (with blue or gold neck ribbon)
  • Ten Achievement Certificates you can fill out and distribute as desired
  • Re-enrollment instructions for the 2015-16 WordMasters Challenge™ (includes order form if you need to request a Purchase Order)

The spring mailing is scheduled for the week of April 13th. If you have not received your packet by May 1st, please contact us. 

Note:Packets will not be mailed to and Meet #3 Challenge Tests will not be accessible by customers with outstanding balances.  Please contact us immediately to make payment arrangements for overdue invoices.  Thank you!

Calendar Reminders


Meet #2 Results available: 
March 13th
Meet # 3 Testing: 
April 6th - April 24th



2014-15 WordMasters Challenge™
  
Meet #3
Word Lists Available Feb. 23rd
Test Administered   April 6th-April 24th 
Score Reporting Deadline   May 1st
Results Available  May 15th
  
Cumulative Champions Announced   May 15th 


To find the entire 2014-15 WordMasters Challenge Calendar click here or the Challenge Schedule can be found under the Resources tab on the WordMasters Challenge website.

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February 2015 Newsletter

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February 2015

WordMasters News!


In many parts of the country, Mother Nature pelted us with snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures throughout January and February. We understand that school delays and cancellations can wreak havoc with curriculum planning, especially for enrichment teachers who may only meet with their students weekly or bi-weekly.  At WordMasters, we try to anticipate these challenges by making the word lists available as early as possible and offering a testing window that is several weeks long.  Please understand that we cannot alter our Meet #2 score submission deadline without impacting the tight scheduling of Meet #3 testing and score reporting.  

We have begun assembling our Year-End Mailing, which includes your Champion medals (one per team), achievement certificates (ten per team) and renewal information for the 2015-16 WordMasters Challenge.  You should expect to receive your package no later than April 24th. (Please note:  Packages will not be mailed to customers with outstanding balances.  Please make arrangements for immediate payment of overdue invoices.)

As you are planning ahead for next year, check out this feedback we received from a district that had traditionally offered WordMasters exclusively to their Gifted/Talented students:
We're the Gifted and Talented teachers in our district and this year, we opened up the WordMasters Challenge to the entire 5th grade, rather than just our students.  One of our 5th grade teachers, Julie Martire, is really embracing WordMasters in her classroom. She is giving them a word each day and encouraging them to use the word in their conversations (both at home and in school) as well as in their writing.  Mrs. Martire also informed us that the kids have been discovering the words in the books that they are reading, and they are very excited when they come across one!  Thanks to Mrs. Martire and WordMasters, these students really are developing a love for and excitement about words!
Lynne Henwood and Sarah Rooney
Washington Township District Talented and Gifted Teachers

Challenge Spotlight: Laurence School

With two teams placing in the top ten for their respective divisions, Laurence School announced the achievement by sending home this "Backpack News" article.

LAURENCE WINS HIGHEST HONORS AT THE WORDMASTERS CHALLENGE!

Several students and the fourth and fifth grade teams representing Laurence School recently won highest honors in the WordMasters Challenge.  The WordMasters Challenge is a national language arts competition consisting of three separate meets held at intervals during the school year.  The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking.  The children are given a list of 25 challenging words to learn for each meet (considerably higher than grade level).  Students learn the definitions of these words and then are challenged to use the words to complete analogies, enhancing their critical thinking skills by learning how to think both analytically and metaphorically.

The fourth grade tied for fourth place in the nation, among 352 school teams competing at this grade level and in this division.  


Pictured Above: Fourth Grade Blue Team

The fifth grade came in fourth among 378 school teams. 


Pictured Above: Fifth Grade Blue Team

Laurence is the ONLY school from third grade through sixth grade to have two grade levels place in the top ten!  This is an extraordinary achievement.

Several students won highest honors for individual achievement.  Fourth graders Georgia G. and Baxter C. earned perfect scores in their meet for their grade level while only 100 fourth graders achieved this result. Fifth graders Theo M. and Beck W. also earned perfect scores.  Only 16 fifth graders pulled off this amazing feat.  Clearly earning a perfect score is an amazing accomplishment!

All of the children in both the fourth and fifth grade worked diligently to learn the definitions of the words and to become adept at solving analogies, helping their teams to place in the top ten.  Congratulations to these students who worked so hard to achieve this remarkable result.  They are all, indeed, word masters!
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Has your team been celebrated in your school or community? E-mail us the information to share.

A Note from the Teacher:
Words of Encouragement

As we wade through the finals days of winter, some words of encouragement are sure to put a smile on a student's face. To help, an artist named Lori McDonough has free downloads on her blog, Fresh Picked Whimsy, including this great download called Notes from Teacher.




 
 

Meet #3 Study Tools

Looking for ways to help your students learn their word lists? Try one of these new WordMasters™ Study Tools: Study Tools created last year are:All Study Tools are found on Teacher Tools. Do you have a tool to share? E-mail us.

Calendar Reminders


Meet #2 Reporting Deadline: 
February 27th
Meet # 3 Word Lists Available: 
February 23rd



2014-15 WordMasters Challenge™
  
Meet #2
Word Lists Available Dec. 8th
Test Administered   Feb. 2nd - Feb. 20th 
Score Reporting Deadline   Feb. 27th
Results Available  March 13th
  
Meet #3
Word Lists Available Feb. 23rd
Test Administered   April 6th-April 24th 
Score Reporting Deadline   May 1st
Results Available  May 15th
  
Cumulative Champions Announced   May 15th 

To find the entire 2014-15 WordMasters Challenge Calendar click here or the Challenge Schedule can be found under the Resources tab on the WordMasters Challenge website.

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October 2014 Newsletter: Resources to Prepare for the WordMasters Challenge!

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October 2014

WordMasters News!


By now, all Team Leaders should have downloaded the Meet #1 Word Lists through their personal Dashboard. Please see the Team Leader Guide below if you need help getting started.  

We have heard from a number of Team Leaders who are able to log in successfully, but cannot access the "Manage Teams & Students" page.  Often this occurs because someone other than the Team Leader completed the online enrollment this year, and his/her email address is not synched with the existing school account.  In other words, our computer system doesn't recognize the email and creates a brand new account for the order.  No worries -- it's an easy fix to synch the order with the original school account.  Just send us an email saying that you have enrolled in this year's WordMasters Challenge (an order number or PO number is very helpful!) and we will make the necessary adjustments so you can access your teams via your Dashboard.

Team Leader Guide

Find instructions for:
  • Accessing your dashboard
  • Setting up you teams
  • Setting up student records, and
  • Downloading materials
Click here for a print-friendly PDF document of the Team Leader Guide to help you get the 2014-15 WordMasters Challenge started.

Welcome Kit for New Team Leaders (or those wanting a refresher)

Is this your first year with WordMasters? Or are you looking for a refresher? Make sure you review the Welcome Kit which includes:
  • Welcome letter
  • Ten-Step Checklist
  • Parent letter to send home
  • Student sign-up sheet
If you would like to customize the parent letter and student sign-up sheet, Word document versions are found on the Teacher Tools pages.

If you need to present this information to a group, there is also a PowerPoint presentation you can use.

Resources for Meet Prep

In response to our customer survey, Team Leaders graciously shared some of their favorite resources for the following:

Word definitionsNote: The authority on which we rely in matters of dispute is Webster’s New World College Dictionary.

Creating flashcards
Practice analogies
A comprehensive list can be found in Teacher Tools, towards the bottom of the page. E-mail us with your favorite and we'll include it on the website!

New Study Tools

Looking for ways to help your students learn their word lists for each meet? Try one of these new WordMasters™ Study Tools: Study Tools created last year are:All Study Tools are found on Teacher Tools. Do you have a tool to share? E-mail us!

Updated Idea Gallery

Teachers shared their successful WordMasters™ tips, games and activities. Make sure you visit the Idea Gallery to see what's new!

E-mail us with your favorite learning technique and we'll add it to the Idea Gallery!

Calendar Reminders


Meet #1 Word Lists Available:  October 1st



2014-15 WordMasters Challenge™

Meet #1
Word Lists Available Oct. 1st
Test Administered   Nov. 17th - Dec. 5th 
Score Reporting Deadline   Dec. 12th
Results Available  Dec. 26th
  
Meet #2
Word Lists Available Dec. 8th
Test Administered   Feb. 2nd - Feb. 20th 
Score Reporting Deadline   Feb. 27th
Results Available  March 13th
  
Meet #3
Word Lists Available Feb. 23rd
Test Administered   April 6th-April 24th 
Score Reporting Deadline   May 1st
Results Available  May 15th
  
Cumulative Champions Announced   May 15th 

To find the entire 2014-15 WordMasters Challenge Calendar click here or the Challenge Schedule can be found under the Resources tab on the WordMasters Challenge website.

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