A team representing Paris ISD recently earned the Highest Honors in the 2021-2022 WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually. The third-grade team scored an impressive 179 points out of a possible 200 in the last three meets this year, placing eighth in the nation.
The third graders placed eighth nationally in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 528 points out of a possible 600.
Competing in the rugged Blue Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, students at Paris ISD who achieved outstanding results in the last meet of the year include third-graders Grace Biard, Everett Hernandez, Garrett Lane, and Harper Putnam.
The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by Tammy King.
The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that first encourages students to become familiar with a set of fascinating new words that is considerably more complex than grade level. Then they challenge 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 they design most vocabulary enrichment and analogy-solving programs for use by high school students, they create WordMasters Challenge™ materials for younger students in grades three through eight. They are particularly well suited for children motivated by the challenge of learning new words and enjoying the logical puzzles posed by analogies.
A company based in Indianapolis, Indiana, administers the WordMasters Challenge™ program in American schools. Further information is available at the company’s website: http://www.wordmasterschallenge.com.