Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

March 1, 2010

Lewis Carroll is Climbing Up and Down Words

Today we started out the week with a word ladder that started with the word march.  Word ladders are a type of word puzzle in which each level requires the player to change the word to a different word by adding, subtracting or mixing around letters in the previous level.  The word ladders we do in class require students to think about the similar spelling patterns in each word as they are given hints on how to make little changes to arrive at a new word.

Word ladders actually have a history connected to the author Lewis Carroll who is coincidentally enjoying a bit of popularity in the classroom due to the new Alice in Wonderland movie coming out this weekend.  Lewis Carroll played a game involving moving from a word to its antonym by changing one letter at a time to make a new word in each step.  You can read a bit about them in this article from a collection of articles from a publication called Math Horizons.  Follow these links for some more word ladder puzzles, or better yet, try making one of your own.

Thinks.com Doublet Puzzles

Word Ladder Race

Logicville Doublets

Homework:

  1. Vocabulary: Sort
  2. Mathematics: Study Link 7-7, pg 157
  3. Language Arts: Finish draft of Tiny Bear Response to Lit essay if not completed in class
  4. Language Arts: Book Report due Thursday March 5
  5. Reading: Read for 25 minutes and fill out predictions in reading log.

Mr. Weis

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