From the Word Wizard Club...
May 28, 2007

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

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cell

Which Means:

A very small room or part of something.

As In:

Image The robber had to stay in a jail cell before his trial.

Heads Up!

The letter C before E or I is usually pronounced 's' but before A, O, and U, like 'k'.

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puncture

Which Means:

To cut a hole through something with sharp, pointed object.

As In:

Image It was Greta's unlucky day; something punctured her car tire!

Heads Up!

Remember the C between the N and T! Puncture can also be a noun: His tire has a puncture in it.

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calf

Which Means:

A young cow, elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, or whale.

As In:

Image The young calf was fed by Farmer Brown after its mother died.

Heads Up!

The plural of today's word is 'calves'. Now, even if you don't hear the L when you say these words, don't forget to write it!

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mature

Which Means:

Adult, fully developed.

As In:

Image This is a mature butterfly.

Heads Up!

The TURE of this word can be pronounced either 'chur' or 'ture'.

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compass

Which Means:

An instrument that shows direction with a magnetized needle that always points North.

As In:

Image The woman used a compass to find her way out of the woods.

Heads Up!

Another type of compass is the one you use in math class to draw perfect circles.

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barrier

Which Means:

An obstacle or wall of some kind, that prevents going past it.

As In:

Image The barrier prevented cars from going on the unfinished bridge.

Heads Up!

The ending of this word is -IER, not -IAR.

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defect

Which Means:

An imperfection or flaw, meaning something or someone is not perfect.

As In:

Image The boy's wagon had a defect that made the wheel fall off. They had to replace the wagon.

Heads Up!

Defect is the opposite of perfect!

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circulate

Which Means:

To move through and around.

As In:

Image Our heart circulates blood throughout our entire body.

Heads Up!

Air and gossip circulate if they move around; you are circulating when you walk around and talk to everyone at a party!

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coast

Which Means:

The area of land by the ocean or sea.

As In:

Image They couldn't decide which part of the coast was better: north or south.

Heads Up!

The sound 'o' is spelled OA like 'coach' and 'coat'. Coast can also mean to move without effort: Greg likes to coast down the hill on his bike.

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magnet

Which Means:

Something that has the power to pull certain metals to itself and hold them.

As In:

Image Look at how the magnet picks up the nails!

Heads Up!

You can also used this word as an adjective to mean that someone has a powerful or attractive personality: Gretchen has a magnetic personality; she always has lots of people around her.

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