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WordMasters FAQs: Team Size and Combining Grade Levels

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As many schools are enrolling for the 2013-14 WordMasters Challenge, here are answers to two commonly asked questions to help you plan your team(s).

How many students can be on each team?

There is no limit to the number of students that can compete on a team. However, only the top ten scores per meet are used to calculate your Team Score.

 

Can I mix grade levels to make a team?

WordMasters has many multi-grade teams and it works well. We simply require that the team be enrolled at the grade level of the oldest students in the group.

Combining grades works best for:

  • Smaller schools who may not have enough students to report the top ten scorers in a single grade,
  • Homeschool groups, or
  • Schools who offer WordMasters as a multi-grade enrichment program.

 

The bottom line is there are multiple ways to implement the program. If you have questions about the best way to offer WordMasters at your school, please contact us.


 

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Bas Bleu: "So many books..."

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Today I decided to share one of my favorite “literary” sources with you – Bas Bleu (www.basbleu.com). The website is great, but I love paging through an actual Bas Bleu catalog.  It features a full-color picture, detailed description and mini-review of each item – sort of like a J. Peterman catalog for books (if you don’t get that reference, you need to brush up on your Seinfeld re-runs).

Chances are if you are reading this blog, you also enjoy reading about words and language.  I never fail to find some intriguing titles in each Bas Bleu catalog that snag my interest; some are about word origins, others center on word usage, and many feature entertaining tidbits about grammar and vocabulary.  Of course, the catalog also offers countless works of fiction that constantly evoke my lament, “So many books, so little time.”

Here are a few of the books I’ve purchased recently:

  • The Art of the Epigraph: How Great Books Begin
  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids
  • 399 Games, Puzzles, and Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young
  • Similes Dictionary: 16,000 Figures of Speech on More than One Thousand Topics
  • Flying by the Seat of your Pants: Surprising Origins of Everyday Expressions
  • Name that Movie: 100 Illustrated Movie Puzzles (not really a “word” book, but great for critical thinking exercise)
  • The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics

Yes, I gravitate toward books with unusually long titles!

And just in case you’re the sort that likes to get a good jump on your holiday shopping, check out Bas Bleu for gifts to present to your literary friends and colleagues.  I volunteer in the library at my children’s school, and always find something perfect for our beloved librarian.  Of course, WordMasters merchandise is also a great gift idea!




 

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