A team representing Weaver Lake Elementary School/ISD 279 achieved Highest Honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge — a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually.
The third grade team scored an impressive 171 points out of a possible 200 in the first of three meets this year, placing eighth in the nation. Third grade teacher Leanne Peterson coached the students in preparation for the event. Additionally, Weaver Lake third grader Grace Bunge achieved individual outstanding results in the difficult Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge. This means she scored a 19 out of a possible 20.
The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of interesting new words (considerably harder than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. Working to solve the analogies helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically. Although most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs are designed for use by high school students, WordMasters Challenge materials have been specifically created for younger students in grades three through eight. The second of three competitions this year was Feb. 19, after this paper went to press.