From the Word Wizard Club...
August 20, 2007

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

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mix

Which Means:

To blend or stir together.

As In:

Image Diana mixed flour, sugar, and milk to make cookies.

Heads Up!

The noun for this word with a short 'i' is 'mixture': There was a mixture of sun and clouds today.

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flock

Which Means:

A crowd or bunch of birds or sheep gathered together.

As In:

Image The flock of geese are flying south for the winter.

Heads Up!

The short 'o' sound is also in these words: pocket, mop, and clock.

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lend

Which Means:

To give something to someone just for a little while.

As In:

Image Libraries lend books to the public.

Heads Up!

Don't confuse 'borrow' and 'lend' (which has a short 'e'). 'Borrow' is when someone gives you something for a while: I borrow books from the library, and the library lends them to me.

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cash

Which Means:

Paper money and coins.

As In:

Image Don't you wish you could make cash appear out of a hat?

Heads Up!

The short 'a' sound is also in these words: 'apple', 'pan', and 'grass'.

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trust

Which Means:

What you do when you are certain someone will do what is right.

As In:

Image A friend isn't a friend unless you can trust them.

Heads Up!

Here we have the short 'u' sound that is also in these words: 'cut', 'umpire', 'umbrella'.

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mound

Which Means:

A pile, a rounded heap.

As In:

Image Mounds of laundry still need to be washed.

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This word can also be a verb: She likes to mound the dirt into hills and drive toy trucks over them.

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lodge

Which Means:

A rough cabin, cottage, or an inn to to spend the night in when you are hunting, camping, or skiing

As In:

Image On our vacation, we will be staying in a lodge in the woods.

Heads Up!

Don't forget the D before the G in this word.

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lecture

Which Means:

A speech, that gives information.

As In:

Image The teacher gave an interesting lecture on saving the environment.

Heads Up!

This word can also be a verb meaning to give a long speech that you don't like: My mom likes to lecture me on why I shouldn't watch TV.

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relish

Which Means:

To enjoy something or just the thought of it.

As In:

Image Bart will relish the idea of staying at the beach once his mother tells him of their plans!

Heads Up!

Relish is also spicy dressing made from chopped pickles: Do you like relish on your burgers?

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cleanse

Which Means:

To clean, to wash thoroughly.

As In:

Image Susy likes to cleanse her face every morning.

Heads Up!

The word 'clean' is in 'cleanse'--all you have to do is add SE to the end.

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lollygag

Which Means:

To move slowly, to linger, to loaf.

As In:

Image If you let William lollygag in the bookstore, he comes with a wagonful of books every time!

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This word is slang, which means you say it to be funny.

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stake

Which Means:

A stick pointed at one end so it can easily be driven into the ground.

As In:

Image The gardener put stakes at the end of her rows to mark them.

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Another meaning of stake is something that is valuable to you: What is at stake if you lose this game?

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canvas

Which Means:

A strong cloth made of hemp, flax, or cotton often used by artists to paint on.

As In:

Image The artist bought some canvas to paint a new picture on.

Heads Up!

Although the last syllable sounds like 'vis', it's spelled with an A.

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wharf

Which Means:

A platform built into a body of water used for loading and unloading ships; a pier.

As In:

Image The ships docked along the wharf.

Heads Up!

Don't forget the silent H after the W in this word.

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cellophane

Which Means:

A thin, transparent, type of plastic wrapping material.

As In:

Image Mom wrapped the brownies in cellophane for my dessert during lunch.

Heads Up!

The PH in this word has a F sound and the C sounds like S. Look out!

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