From the Word Wizard Club...
July 7, 2008

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

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aglet

Which Means:

The small plastic or metal piece at the end of shoe laces that prevents fraying (coming apart).

As In:

Image It's official! Our cat has eaten my aglet.

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It's not too hard to remember the spelling of this word: ag-let.

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coral

Which Means:

The hard external skeleton of a marine organism, often a pink or red color.

As In:

Image Which piece here is the coral?

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The C here has a K sound because it comes before O. It sounds like K before U and A, too.

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heave

Which Means:

Lift and raise something up using much effort and strength.

As In:

Image The hero loves to heave heavy objects above his head to show off his mighty power.

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This word rhymes with 'leave' and is spelled the same except for the first letter.

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conceal

Which Means:

To hide and keep out of sight.

As In:

Image The elephant tried to conceal itself in the tree, but did not succeed!

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You can also conceal a smile, a secret, or feelings.

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launched

Which Means:

Sent up into the air.

As In:

Image The rocket was launched into space.

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What is the root verb of 'launched'? Launched also means 'to begin': The students launched their project idea into action.

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shoreline

Which Means:

The boundary between land and a body of water.

As In:

Image The canoe was dragged up onto the shoreline.

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Imagine this word running along the shoreline of an ocean or lake.

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miserable

Which Means:

Very unhappy or unpleasant.

As In:

Image The clown felt miserable; because he was sick, he missed his own birthday party!

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How do you think a miser feels? Do you know the story of Scrooge in 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens?

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loft

Which Means:

The upstairs of a barn or building that may be open on one end, looking over the downstairs.

As In:

Image The loft of a barn (barn loft) is where hay is kept.

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'Loft' can also mean to hit or throw a ball high into the air, making an arch.

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resound

Which Means:

To become full of sound, echo with sound (things that can be heard).

As In:

Image It is guaranteed that the ice arena will resound with cheers when their hockey team scores!

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What other places can you think of where sound resounds?

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splendor

Which Means:

Greatness, luxury, brilliance.

As In:

Image The splendor of this French palace is plain to see!

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If you change the ending of this word to -DID (splendid), then you have an adjective meaning 'wonderful' and 'great'.

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soggy

Which Means:

Completely wet, soaked with liquid.

As In:

Image How long does it take for your breakfast cereal to become soggy?

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Soggy has two Gs. If it is more soggy, change the Y to I and say, 'soggier'.

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