KSDS Students Compete to Become Wordmasters


What’s in a word? KSDS’s Grade 3 and 4 WordMasters can help you unlock a word’s hidden mystery and meaning! 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. By grade level, the students compete in three meets per school year in a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually.

Twenty-five KSDS students are participating in the Grades 3 and 4 KSDS WordMasters clubs, led by Lower School Reading Specialist Donna Elrick. Once a week during recess, these student meet with Mrs. Elrick to investigate word meanings and to play games to reinforce and extend their learning. In the first meet, one of our Grade 4 students, Yonatan P., was one of only 100 students nationally who achieved a perfect score in Round 1 of the Wordmasters Grade 4 Challenge! Congratulations to Mrs. Elrick and to all of our WordMasters!