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Puzzlewise Vocabulary Skill Levels
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The PuzzleWise Fun Vocabulary Program
​Has Six Skill Levels:


​There are currently no national standards for vocabulary development, though the International Reading Association recognizes the importance of vocabulary acquisition. Therefore, we built this vocabulary program on language maturity, with each book extending a student’s development incrementally through the series.

​You may determine that your child or group of students is at Level 3 in their growth. Please use the free samples to help you decide the best book for your child or class. Click here for the free sample lessons.
​Whichever book you select, there will be plenty of room for growth. Picking the exactly correct book for your child or students is not necessary.

Here are examples of the crossword puzzle clues that make vocabulary fun while students become adept with the eleven language skill areas and the seven learning skills:

Synonyms: After driving for hours, we were (hungry).

(The student looks up the word “hungry” in the thesaurus at the back of the book, and selects “ravenous” as the answer for the crossword clue because the crossword answer requires an 8-letter word.)

Rhymes: A feeling of fear, rhymes with might.

(The student consults the rhyming resource at the back of the book, and selects “fright” as the answer for the crossword clue.)

Antonyms: antonym: far

(The student consults the antonym resource at the back of the book, and selects “near” as the answer for the crossword clue.)

Analogies: Cinderella's sisters: (ugly, beautiful, kind) :: Cinderella: pretty

Definitions: noun: door or gate from one place to another.
(The student looks up the word “door” in the dictionary at the back of the book, and selects “entry” as the answer for the crossword clue.)

Greek and Latin word root derivations: Latin “port”: carry. A means of getting from place to place.
(The student consults the Greek and Latin derivations resource at the back of the book, and selects “transportation” as the answer for the crossword clue.)

Verb tenses: Present tense for bought: I __________ groceries every week.

Parts of speech: Noun: Don't poke my eye with that!

Syllables: How many syllables? (Categorize)

Homophones (homonyms): I will (knot, not) the shoelaces.
(The student consults the homophones resource at the back of the book, and selects “fright” as the answer for the crossword clue.)

Prefixes/suffixes: sparkle + ing
(The student consults the prefix/suffix resource at the back of the book, and selects “sparkling” as the answer for the crossword clue.)

NOTE: Surprisingly quickly, students become adept at understanding these word elements and the process becomes easier, faster, more fun, and satisfying.

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