Two sixth grade Activities Promoting Thinking students representing Long Beach Middle School recently received perfect scores of 20 in the second of three meets in this year’s WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 students annually.
Competing in the very difficult Gold Division of the WordMasters Challenge™, sixth graders Ronin Morita and Jordan Soriano are among only 24 sixth graders across the nation who achieved perfection. Long Beach Middle School sixth grader Sydney Bergstein also attained outstanding results in the meet.
The students were coached in preparation for the WordMasters Challenge™ by sixth grade APT teacher Walter Kramme. Students are now looking forward to taking the third and final challenge at the end of April.
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.