From the Word Wizard Club...
May 15, 2006

Congratulations, Kids! You've completed learning the next round of vocabulary words, and now it's time to review.

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gallon

Which Means:

The amount of liquid that a big plastic milk jug can hold; four quarts.

As In:

Image We are out of milk; would you run to the store and get a gallon?

Heads Up!

It might sound as if the ending of this word is -en, but it's -on!

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pound

Which Means:

The weight of 4 sticks of butter together; 16 ounces.

As In:

Image One record shows that a girl ate a 5-pound hamburger in one hour!

Heads Up!

This word rhymes with 'sound' and is spelled the same except for the P!

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gram

Which Means:

The weight of one raisin or one sugar packet.

As In:

Image A US nickel weighs 5 grams.

Heads Up!

G always sounds like "guh" in front of consonants, A, O, and U. Before E and I it usually sounds like J.

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mass

Which Means:

A measure of how much stuff or thickness something has in it.

As In:

Image A cannonball has more mass than a balloon even though they are the same size.

Heads Up!

Don't forget this word has two Ss and the ending is -es for more than one: three masses.

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ounce

Which Means:

The weight of about 7 new pencils.

As In:

Image Please give me 6 _ounces_ of turkey.

Heads Up!

The vowels at the beginning of this word sound like 'Ow!' even though they are spelled 'ou.'

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pint

Which Means:

As much milk as is in two little boxes in the cafeteria; 16 ounces.

As In:

Image I only need one pint of milk for this recipe.

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This word has a long I sound, like 'eye'.

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measure

Which Means:

To find out the size of something.

As In:

Image Double measure how long the board should be before you cut the wood.

Heads Up!

The ending -ure sounds like -er but the S sounds like the 'S' in Asia.

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scale

Which Means:

An instrument or machine for weighing things.

As In:

Image At the grocery store, you can use the scale to see how much your vegetables weigh.

Heads Up!

The letter 'A' always sounds like A before a consonant and a silent E, like 'ate', 'came', and this word.

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decade

Which Means:

A time measure of 10 years.

As In:

Image If I was 15 years old two decades ago, how old am I now?

Heads Up!

The prefix dec- or deca- always means ten.

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meter

Which Means:

The length of almost 40 inches, 6 inches longer than a yard stick.

As In:

Image The Tyrannosaurus rex was several meters long and tall, and weighed 5-7 tons.

Heads Up!

The meter is part of the metric system of measuring things, created in Europe in the 1700s. The US is one of the only countries that doesn't use the metric system, but instead uses the old English Imperial System.

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