From the Word Wizard Club...
September 4, 2006

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

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prey

Which Means:

An animal that is hunted and eaten by another one.

As In:

Image Who is the prey in this picture?

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This kind of prey is spelled different from the pray of saying a prayer.

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kelp

Which Means:

A large brownish kind of seaweed.

As In:

Image Kelp has many nutritious minerals, such as iodine.

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Kelp is spelled just like 'help' except for the first letter.

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satellite

Which Means:

Something in space that goes around (orbits) a planet, such as a moon or a man-made object.

As In:

Image Many satellites in orbit around the earth send us information about our planet and universe.

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This word has two Ls, like two rockets ready for takeoff!

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vessel

Which Means:

A container for liquids, such as a bowl or vase, or another name for a boat.

As In:

Image A sailboat is a kind of sea-going vessel.

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Remember that this word has two Ss sandwiched between Es.

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condense

Which Means:

To make smaller and denser or tighter.

As In:

Image When you write a book report, you condense the whole story into just a few pages.

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The 'con-' prefix in this word means 'together'. What other words can you think of with this prefix?

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surge

Which Means:

To grow like a wave and increase or move powerfully.

As In:

Image Energy surged through her as she neared the finish line!

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The 'er' sound in this word is spelled UR.

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eclipse

Which Means:

When one object in the sky falls into the shadow of another object, as when the moon blocks the sun for a moment.

As In:

Image Always wear dark glasses when you watch an eclipse of the sun.

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What is the longest word can you find inside this one to help you remember the spelling?

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debris

Which Means:

Litter, pieces of something that has been destroyed or left behind.

As In:

Image They spent the afternoon picking up debris left by the storm in the park.

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The 'S' in this word is silent and, since you cannot count debris, there is no plural!

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excited

Which Means:

Happy about something good, or happy and a bit nervous. Looking forward to something.

As In:

Image He was excited because he got an A+ on his test.

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Take off the last E of this word when adding endings: 'excited', 'excites', 'exciting'.

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odyssey

Which Means:

A long and adventurous journey, named after a famous Greek sailor Odysseus.

As In:

Image Each of us embarks on a personal odyssey the moment we are born.

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The first Y in this word is a vowel and the last is a (silent) consonant.

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thermal

Which Means:

Related to heat or warmth.

As In:

Image Thermal energy from the sun can be used by solar panels to heat your water or house.

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What other word starts with 'therm-' and is related to heat?

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