Osseo students excel in WordMasters Challenge

Two Osseo Area School students earned recognition for their performance in the first WordMasters Challenge meet held in 2013.

Oak View Elementary fifth grader Kaylee Wingness earned a perfect (20 out of 20) score on this national vocabulary test and Weaver Lake Elementary third grader Grace Bunge earned the score of Outstanding (19 out of 20). Overall, Weaver Lake’s team as a whole, placed eighth in the nation.

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. They are particularly well suited for children who are motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoy the logical puzzles posed by analogies.