From the Word Wizard Club...
October 2, 2006

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

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two

Which Means:

A number between one and three.

As In:

Image The boy's toy car broke in two. Boo hoo!

Heads Up!

Remember the number has a W, with two loops.

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too

Which Means:

Also or besides.

As In:

Image After she went shopping, she decided to go to the movies too.

Heads Up!

When you want to say also, you can use the word "too" too! Remember to double the O. This word can also mean a little more than enough: The boy had too much homework to do in one hour.

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to

Which Means:

Toward, in the direction of, or at the point of.

As In:

Image This turtle is walking to the pond nearby.

Heads Up!

If you say 'to' and mean 'go', then it is spelled the same except for the G.

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principle

Which Means:

A standard or rule of honor to live by.

As In:

Image Our boss' main principle is to never leave work early.

Heads Up!

Principle and rule end in the same last two letters: LE.

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principal

Which Means:

The official person in charge, or the chief and main part of something.

As In:

Image Wheat is the principal crop grown in this region.

Heads Up!

The school principal could be that: your -pal!

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its

Which Means:

A word that shows ownership, but not by a person.

As In:

Image The puppy stood near its mother.

Heads Up!

This possessive pronoun does not use an apostrophe the way "the girl's bike" or "the boy's shoes" do. It is just one word.

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it's

Which Means:

The contraction of "it is."

As In:

Image "It's for you," he said sweetly, handing her the gift.

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The apostrophe in this word takes the place of the I in 'is'. A contraction is made up of two words, so when you want to say "it is", you can use the apostrophe to create one word!

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effect

Which Means:

To effect something is to make it happen, to cause a change.

As In:

Image John effected many changes when he became president of the club.

Heads Up!

Do not confuse this verb with 'affect', which we also had today. To affect is simply to influence something.

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affect

Which Means:

To affect something is to have an influence on it.

As In:

Image What can you do to affect the environment in a positive way?

Heads Up!

This verb means to have an effect but it is not spelled like effect!

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vary

Which Means:

To change or modify somewhat.

As In:

Image The dietician told him that he should vary his diet more.

Heads Up!

If you remember that 'vary' and 'change' both have an A, you will remember which word to use, very or vary!

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very

Which Means:

Really, extremely.

As In:

Image Snowboarding came very easily to him.

Heads Up!

The spelling of 'very' can by very confusing because it is not like cherry, berry, and merry. It only has one R.

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