From the Word Wizard Club...
October 22, 2007

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

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cause

Which Means:

To make happen.

As In:

Image Going to bed late caused the boy to be sleepy the next morning.

Heads Up!

When a crow caws it may cause you to wonder what it is cawing about.

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count

Which Means:

To see how many of something there is.

As In:

Image To learn math, you first have to learn how to count.

Heads Up!

C before O, A, U, usually sound like K and before R or L, it always sounds like K.

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isolate

Which Means:

To separate from all others, to place by itself.

As In:

Image They had to isolate the dog because it was sick.

Heads Up!

Remember: this word starts with IS but it isn't pronounced like 'is'.

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discuss

Which Means:

To talk about a lot.

As In:

Image They discussed which idea was the best one.

Heads Up!

There are two 's' sounds in this word but the second one is spelled with two Ss.

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abide

Which Means:

To put up with or obey.

As In:

Image The nurse will not abide the patient's not eating.

Heads Up!

When it means 'obey', you have to use 'by': I will abide by your rules.

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prairie

Which Means:

An open, grassy landscape, found in the Midwestern US along the Mississippi River.

As In:

Image "My heart belongs in the prairie", said the prairie dog.

Heads Up!

There are two 'I's in this word - right before and after the R!

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uproot

Which Means:

When you pull something from where it belongs.

As In:

Image Marcy wants to uproot herself and move to a tropical island.

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Literally, this word means to pull out the roots (what holds plants and trees in the ground and draws food into the tree or plant).

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hullabaloo

Which Means:

Noise and uproar, commotion.

As In:

Image There is always a big hullabaloo in the living room when Jake watches a football game.

Heads Up!

There are are a double L (two Ls in a row) and a double O (two Os in a row) in this word!

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badger

Which Means:

A furry animal with a mean temper that digs a burrow in the ground.

As In:

Image The badger dug a fresh burrow when she had her babies.

Heads Up!

This word also means to bother and pester someone without giving up: If she stays out too long, her father will badger her with questions.

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soothing

Which Means:

Calming and relaxing.

As In:

Image The mother's voice was soothing to the baby.

Heads Up!

Soothing is 'smooth' without the M!

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