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Wordmasters Competition: 2012-2013 Activities and Test Schedule
What is Wordmasters? The Wordmasters Challenge is a national analogies-solving contest open to all Eastern Middle School students. Participation in all three competitions builds vocabulary and encourages higher-level verbal reasoning abilities. The Challenge consists of three 20-minute meets. The first contest (December) is based on the initial 25-word list. The second contest (February)adds 25 more words and is based on a cumulative pool of 50 words. The third contest (April) adds 25 more words and is based on a cumulative pool of 75 words.
Students who want to participate in Wordmasters should:
1) Pick up each word list as soon as it becomes available. Wordlist locations: in the revolving unit opposite the counter in the Main Office and in folders on the front table in Room 206.
2) Look up and learn word definitions. Make study cards or sheets.
3) Attend a before-school discussion session. Consult the schedule to choose the date that corresponds with your grade level. Listen to Morning Announcements for possible schedule changes. The most successful WordMasters participants discuss, study, and play with the words with adults at home.
4) Take the 20-minute test. Come to Room 206 at 7:15 AM on one of the three test dates.
ALP English students study WordMasters words and take tests in ALP English class; however, all students are welcome to join the before-school wordlist discussions that correspond to their grade.
The Geography Bee is a competition sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The first rounds are fun and pretty easy because you get to choose between two answers. Later rounds get more difficult because you need to come up with answers on your own.
The Constitution Bowl is an 8th grade contest between teams of students who answer questions about the U.S. Constitution. There are 2 preliminary rounds and a final round. The Constitution Bowl is held in January.