Verbal Reasoning Practice

Verbal Reasoning Practice

September 2015 Newsletter

Posted by




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:
 
WordMasters, LLC
5026 Washington Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN  46205


Our contact numbers are still the same: 888.385.5656 (phone) and 888.385.6833 (fax). Please update your system records (including your purchase order database). Thank you!

Sweet Tweets

Follow us on Twitter!
  • 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.


 

link

February 2015 Newsletter

Posted by
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!
________

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.

In This Issue

What Works in Your Classroom?

Share your successful teaching tips, photos, or videos. E-mail us at lisa.kennedy@wordmasterschallenge.com and we'll add it to the Idea Gallery.

Keep Up With Us

Friend on FacebookFacebook
Follow on TwitterTwitter
Copyright © 2014 WordMasters, LLC, All rights reservedEmail Marketing Powered by MailChimp
unsubscribe from this list | update subscription preference





 

link

January 2015 Newsletter

Posted by
January Newsletter: Meet #1 Results, Meet #2 Testing and Meet #3 PreparationIs this email not displaying correctly?
View it in your browser.
January 2015

WordMasters News!


Meet #1 is "in the books", as they say and preparations for Meet #2 should be well underway.  If you haven't already marked your calendars,  Meet #2 Challenge Tests will be available for download next Monday, February 2nd.  The final day to submit scores online is Friday, February 27th, so please keep that deadline in mind (as well as potential weather delays and cancellations) when you schedule your Meet #2 tests.  While you're at it, mark your calendars with these three important Meet #3 dates:  Word Lists available 2/23/15, Challenge Tests available 4/6/15, and score submission deadline 5/5/15. We need to maintain such a tight schedule during the spring semester because many of our participating schools are wrapping up by mid-May!

This is a good time of year to do some early "spring cleaning" of your team account.  You may have noticed an option to "Archive Students/Team Leaders" when you are on the Manage Teams & Students page.  This function allows you to delete teachers who are no longer involved with WordMasters and to archive students who are no longer in your school or participating on your teams.  Just click on "Archive Students/Team Leaders", select "Archive Students" or "Archive Team Leaders", then click on Archive for any individuals not currently participating.  This will prevent that individual from appearing in the dropdown list for Team Leaders or when adding students.

If you haven't already reviewed the results of Meet #1, you can find a summary posted under the RESULTS tab at our website.  You can also log into your Dashboard, click on View Reports, and select "2014-15 Meet 1".  If you choose "All My Teams & Students", you receive a report that lists all the scores submitted, broken down by teams with students listed in order from highest to lowest score.  To determine your team score, just sum the top ten individual scores for a team. 

Newsela: Current Events for Every Reader

If you're looking for ways to incorporate reading current event into your classroom, try Newsela. Newsela is a website which offers each news articles at five different reading levels so the entire class can read the same article at each student's individual reading level. You can assign articles to read, test comprehension, and more. Click this link, for more information.

Tracking WordMasters Word Lists in the News
Here are two Study Tools for WordMasters students to use to track their word list in conjunction with reading the news:










 

 

Idea Gallery Sharing: WordMasters Hall of Fame

To recognize hard work and keep her students motivated, one Team Leader created a WordMasters Hall of Fame wall in her classroom. Students who score a 13 or higher on any meet have their name added to the wall. Students scoring a 19 or 20 get a special treat. A cookie from the cafeteria does the trick for her team. Modify as needed for your class!

Resources for Meet #3 Preparation

Checkout some Team Leader 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

Calendar Reminders



Meet #2 Testing: 
Feb. 2 - Feb. 20th



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.

In This Issue

What Works in Your Classroom?

Share your successful teaching tips, photos, or videos. E-mail us at lisa.kennedy@wordmasterschallenge.com and we'll add it to the Idea Gallery.

Keep Up With Us

Friend on FacebookFacebook
Follow on TwitterTwitter
  
 





 

link

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

Posted by



 

October Newsletter: Packed full of resources to get the 2014-15 WordMasters Challenge started!Is this email not displaying correctly?
View it in your browser.
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.

In This Issue

What Works in Your Classroom?

Share your successful teaching tips, photos, or videos. E-mail us at lisa.kennedy@wordmasterschallenge.com and we'll add it to the Idea Gallery.

Keep Up With Us

Friend on FacebookFacebook
Follow on TwitterTwitter
opyright © 2014 WordMasters, LLC, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you signed up for our newsletter at our website and/or you are a current WordMasters Challenge customer.

Our mailing address is:
5702 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN  46220
 
 


 

link

May 2014 Newsletter

Posted by

May 2014 Newsletter

 

WordMasters News!


Thank you to all the teams that honored our May 2nd deadline for entering Meet #3 scores. We appreciate that for many of you, it is difficult to schedule the last WordMasters Challenge™ meet because of standardized testing and spring break. We did move the timing of the entire Meet #3 preparation/testing/reporting period up a week in response to pleas from our many schools that complete their academic year in early May. I have already received several desperate calls from Team Leaders who need results in advance of honors and award ceremonies this week!  Meet #3 finalists will be posted by the end of this week, and year-end results will be available on or before May 16th.

Please watch for an important survey we will be sending out this week via Survey Monkey.  We sincerely appreciate your input and feedback as we continue our efforts to improve the WordMasters Challenge™ program.  We are especially interested in your thoughts regarding online testing options as we plan to pilot a program next year and fully implement online testing by Fall 2015.

New WordMasters Challenge™ Individual Competition for 2014-15

While you are on the WordMasters™ website, you may have noticed a new product listed, the Individual WordMasters Challenge™.

The WordMasters Challenge™ - Individual Division was created to serve those students who are homeschooled or attend a school that does not participate in the WordMasters Challenge™ team competition. The content is comparable to our Gold Division vocabulary lists and analogies. However, the word lists at each grade level will not be the same as the word lists being used in the current Gold Division team competition.

To read more about the Individual Challenge™, click here for details.

Hard Work Pays Off

Here are the faces behind the top third grade blue team of Challenge Meet #2 from Woodland Elementary. Their story was shared in their district news. Click here to see the article.

Has your team been showcased in your local news? E-mail us and we'll share it, too.

The Buzz About "Grit" in Education

Angela Lee Duckworth, a psychology professor at the University of Pennyslvania (and former teacher) conducted research to pinpoint what makes someone successful. She evaluated people in a variety of settings; whether it be a West Point cadet, a rookie teacher, a member of a sales team, a National Spelling Bee participant or a student in a Chicago public high school.  Based on her findings, having passion and persistence for long-term goals, or grit, was the greatest predictor of success.

When the concept of grit is applied to education, can it be taught? And how is it measured? Can schools create environments where mistakes are just as valued as right answers? Can you get kids, and better yet their parents, comfortable with the idea that struggle leads to stronger learning? Several schools, such as New City School in St. Louis, MO are trying to put grit into practice by incorporating a "growth mindset". To read more about it, here is an NPR article, "Does Teaching Kids to Get 'Gritty' Help Them Get Ahead?" by Tovia Smith.

To learn more about Angela Lee Duckworth's work, here is information about The Duckworth Lab at the University of Pennsylvania or you can watch her TED Talks Education video "The Key to Success? Grit".

 

Registration is Open for 2014-15 WordMasters Challenge™

It’s simple! 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. See our website for details.
  • You can pay using a credit card online, or we can invoice you.
  • If you need to request a purchase order click this link, or download the order form found at the bottom of our home page (you can also find it under the ENROLL tab) and submit it to your purchasing department. 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!
Enrollment for the 2014-15 WordMasters Challenge™ closes on September 30th, so sign up soon!

2014-15 WordMasters Challenge™ Calendar




Enrollment Deadline: September 30, 2014

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 

Calendar Reminders

Meet #3 Results and Cumulative Champions Announced:
May 16th



WordMasters Challenge Meet #3
Word Lists Available Feb. 24th
Test Administered   April 7th-April 25th 
Score Reporting Deadline   May 2nd
Results Available  May 16th
  
Cumulative Champions Announced   May 16th 

To find the entire 2013-14 WordMasters Challenge™ Calendar click here or the Challenge Schedule can be found under the Resources tab on the WordMasters Challenge™ website.



 

In This Issue

What Works in Your Classroom?

Share your successful teaching tips, photos, or videos. E-mail us at lisa.kennedy@wordmasterschallenge.com and we'll add it to the Idea Gallery.

Keep Up With Us

Friend on FacebookFacebook
Follow on TwitterTwitter
Copyright © 2014 WordMasters, LLC, All rights reserved.Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp
unsubscribe from this list | update subscription preferences


 

link

Meet #1 Team Leader Instructions

Posted by
 
 

First Challenge Meet

Team Leader Guide

 
 

Dear Team Leaders:

Welcome to the start of the 2013-14 WordMasters Challenge! Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked through some of the technical glitches with our upgraded website. By now, you should have logged into the website to set up your team(s) and downloaded your Meet #1 Word Lists(s). 

If you experience any difficulty accessing your WordMasters account, please try the following before contacting us for assistance:

  • Ensure you are logged out of the system. If you see LOGOUT at the top right of the webpage (next to the SEARCH box), click it and wait until you receive a message confirming that you have successfully been logged out of the site.
  • Refresh the WordMasters Challenge page.
  • Click on LOGIN. Under "Account Sign In", enter your username (your email address) and your password. Note: Unless you created a personal password, your temporary password is your four-digit WordMasters school number (this number appears on all invoices/sales receipts).
  • If you have forgotten your password and/or cannot locate your school number, try resetting it by clicking on “Forgot your password?”. If that does not work, send us an email and we will reset your password manually.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MEET #1

  1. Make as many copies of the Word List as you will need for your students. Distribute Word Lists to your students at least two weeks before each scheduled meet.

  2. Help students learn the meaning of their words and consider possible analogies based on these words. (You should NOT expose them to the Challenge Test analogies ahead of time.)

 
 
 
  1. The Challenge Tests and Answer Keys will be available for download from your Dashboard on November 18th.

  2. Schedule your Challenge Meet for any 20-minute period between November 18th – December 6th.

  3. Enter your students’ scores online by December 13th. You can create a unique student record for each participant at any time by clicking on “Manage Teams & Students” from your Dashboard (no limit to number of students per team). More information regarding score submission will be sent to you before Challenge Meet tests are available for download. Important note: Due to the changes we have made to automate the score reporting process, we will no longer be able to accept scores beyond the posted deadline of December 13th. Please schedule your meet accordingly to ensure you are able to submit your scores on time.

  4. A summary of results will be posted on our website and available for download on December 27th.

  5. No need to wait until January to start preparing for the second Challenge Meet! Word Lists for Meet #2 will be available for download on December 9th.

 

NOTES TO TEAM LEADERS

Before the Meet

  1. Your students will get much more out of theWordMasters ChallengeTM if you actively help them master their vocabulary lists. Dictionary definitions are a good place to start, but they may not make clear to a child a word’s part of speech, the contexts in which the word does or does not make sense, the word’s positive or negative connotations, or the word’s nuances of meaning – in short, the word’s usage. For example, from a dictionary a student may learn that “abridge” means “shorten, condense or reduce,” but unless you demonstrate the word’s usage in sentences, the student may assume that dieters eat less to “abridge” their weight or that stylists use scissors to “abridge” people’s hair.
  2. If your students have not worked with analogies before, spend some time introducing them to this logicalform. We think our “Analogies 101 Plus” sets are a good place to start (available for order through our website). You can also make up simple analogies of your own to illustrate the kinds of logical relationships used in analogies.
  3. Once your students have become thoroughly familiar with their words, encourage them to make up their own analogies based on their word lists and to try their analogies out on one another. Practical discussions about what makes one analogy more satisfactory than another will help students improve their analytical reasoning – 
  4. You may also make up analogies of your own for your students using vocabulary from their Word List, but you should NOT familiarize yourself with the analogies in your students’ Challenge Test ahead of time nor make up practice analogies that resemble the Challenge analogies.
  5. Inform students that each successive meet in this year’s WordMasters Challenge will be somewhat more difficult that the one before it. At each grade level, the second meet’s analogies will feature vocabulary from both of the first two Word Lists (50 words); the third meet’s analogies will be based on all three Word Lists (75 words). Students should therefore save their first and second meet Word Lists and study materials.

During the Meet

  1. Challenge meets should last about 20 minutes (we do not impose a strict time limit) and should be conducted silently (i.e., the Team Leader should not read the analogies aloud). Students should work unassisted; they should not consult their Word Lists, definitions, or each other.

  2. There is one circumstance in which limited help is permitted: If your students
    encounter a word in the Challenge test which has not appeared on the Word Lists yet
    is unfamiliar to them, you may define that word briefly. Please be sure that any
    definition you give is not only brief and simple, but is also without reference to the
    analogy in which the unfamiliar word appears. It is
    NOT permissible to define a word
    that appeared on an earlier Word List (applies to Meets #2 and #3), nor one that is a derivative of any Word List vocabulary.

After the Meet

  1. Please take the time to report your scores to us online, whether you think your team has done outstandingly or not. Score feedback is very important to us in developing Challenge tests that are appropriate to each grade level and division.
  2. When national results and scores summaries are posted on our website, you will be able to show your students how they are doing (both as a team and as individuals) in comparison with other students in the same grade and division throughout the country. Experience has shown that, for many students, the goal of increasing your team or individual ranking can serve as a powerful motivation, especially during the later meets.
  3. PLEASE do not simply hand back corrected tests to students without discussion. Once students have been given the correct answers, engage them in a discussion of what makes each analogy work (e.g., “In what way is an aquarium being compared to a garden here?”). Encourage your students to articulate the general principle at work in each analogy (e.g., “The first word here names an action; the second word names the object receiving the action.”).
  4. Allow your students to “challenge” answers to analogies if doing so encourages them to think analytically. We will do our best to respond to students who present us with a letter or email thoughtfully questioning the logic of an analogy. (The authority on which we rely in matters of dispute is Webster’s New World College Dictionary.)

Don't forget to check out all the resources available to you through our website (Idea Gallery, Teacher Tools, FAQs, blog posts, WordMasters Basics, etc).

Good luck! 


 

link

A Thank You Note from a Parent

Posted by


We often hear feedback from teachers, and we have started to share in our blog some of the great persuasive essays written by students hoping to start WordMasters teams in their new schools, but it's just as rewarding to hear from parents. Thank you, Terry, for sharing your thoughts with us!

 

"My daughters participated in WordMasters for 3 years each in elementary school.  It was a large part of our elementary’s gifted enrichment program.  I am SO happy they had this opportunity.  For my oldest, an avid reader and for whom vocabulary is a cinch, this was a great self-confidence booster, and she enjoyed the friendly competition with her friends.  For my youngest, who’s not a book lover and has a weaker vocabulary, this program guaranteed 75 new, quality words per year.  AND when she excelled because we worked so hard to prepare, it made her feel really good about herself.  Also, she will test with the SCAT soon, and I am thankful for all of the analogy practice she has had.  THANK YOU!"

Terry V., Parent



 

link

WordMasters Basics: How does the WordMasters Challenge™ work?

Posted by

At each grade level, the competition consists of three 20-minute analogy-solving meets, which are held at your school three times during the academic year (December, February and April).

Prior to each meet, students are given a list of 25 challenging vocabulary words, which are customized for each competition level that will appear in the meet analogies. Excellence in the competition will require both a mastery of the word meanings and thoughtful reasoning about the relationships between the word list vocabulary and more familiar language used in the competition’s analogies.

Try one for yourself from our sixth grade blue division:

GARB : REPAST :: ___________ : ___________

(a) WEAR : STIR

(b) CLOTHES : COOK

(c) EAT : WEAR

(d) THIN : FAT

(e) SEW : COOK

 

We hope you learned a new word, or maybe a new usage for a word you already knew, as you thought your way through the choices. If you're curious, option e was the correct answer.





 

link

WordMasters Basics: What is the WordMasters Challenge™?

Posted by

Are you looking for a new way to help your students grow their vocabulary and verbal reasoning? Join over 150,000 students from some of the best public and private schools throughout the United States who participate in the WordMasters™ Challenge!

What is the WordMasters Challenge™ and what are the benefits?

WordMasters Challenge™ (n.) 1. A yearly, national competition for students in grades 3-8 that encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning through the use of analogies.

Unlike other language arts competitions for this age group—which focus on grammar, punctuation, spelling and other language mechanics—the WordMasters Challenge™ helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. The contest addresses higher-level word comprehension and verbal reasoning in two ways:

  • It challenges students to complete analogies based on relationships among words they have learned.
  • It bases the analogies on special vocabulary lists, developed for each grade and difficulty level by experienced teachers, which participants study before each meet.

Traditional vocabulary learning : WordMasters Challenge™ :: Rote memorization : ___________

A. Verbal reasoning

B. Higher-level word comprehension

C. Improved reading comprehension

D. Improved verbal expression

E. Improved standardized test scores

F. All of the above!

The benefit? Research shows that developing higher order thinking skills impacts reading comprehension, verbal expression and performance on standardized tests!

To enroll your team for the 2013-14 school year, visit www.wordmasterschallenge.com.
 

link

Exciting Upgrades to WordMasters Challenge and Website

Posted by

 

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. 


 

link

Suddenly there’s a love affair with words in my classroom!

– 6th grade teacher from Florida

Challenge Schedule

Click here to download the 2017-18
 WordMasters Challenge calendar.

© 2017 WordMasters Challenge | All Rights Reserved | Website Design & Content Management Powered by Marketpath CMS  |  Phone: 888.385.5656

Merchant Services