From the Word Wizard Club...
December 15, 2008

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

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claws

Which Means:

The sharp nails of an animal used for digging and protection.

As In:

Image Cindy's cat likes to file its claws to a point in its free time just for fun.

Heads Up!

'Claw' can also be a verb meaning to dig, tear, or pull: The cat likes to claw at my sweater.

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sculpture

Which Means:

Artistic work carved or molded from a hard material.

As In:

Image Charlie chisels a sculpture for a contest.

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Take away all the other letters and you're left with this word: sculpture.

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labored

Which Means:

Done or made with difficulty, heavy.

As In:

Image The farmer's breath was labored after carrying the heavy post across the field.

Heads Up!

Keep your writing from becoming labored! Though it sounds like an 'er' sound, it's spelled with an OR.

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complex

Which Means:

Complicated, difficult to understand because of many details.

As In:

Image The teacher wrote the complex math problem on the chalkboard for the students.

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There's nothing complex about spelling this word: COM-PLEX.

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variety

Which Means:

A combination or mixture of different things.

As In:

Image Every Saturday the farmers bring in a variety of vegetables to sell.

Heads Up!

This word does not come with a variety of spellings; only one is correct!

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halfway

Which Means:

The midway point, the middle.

As In:

Image Lucas created a machine that would fill his mug exactly halfway with hot chocolate.

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Remember to put an L before the letter F, which comes halfway in this word!

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foremost

Which Means:

The first in place, time, or position.

As In:

Image The foremost reason Peggy became a camp counselor was to help others.

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The prefix 'fore' means first or at the front of, and appears in many words like forearm, forecast, forehead.

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blooper

Which Means:

A clumsy or silly mistake, especially one made in public (in front of others).

As In:

Image Greg couldn't believe his blooper at the fishing contest! He snagged (caught) his pants with the fishing hook!

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It would be a blooper to spell this word with only one O!

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accurate

Which Means:

Exact, precise, free from mistakes.

As In:

Image A compass is a mathematical tool that draws accurate circles.

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Accurate' is spelled accurately with two Cs.

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reins

Which Means:

The straps (usually leather) which are used to control or guide the movement and direction of a horse or other animal.

As In:

Image Tex held onto the reins and got the horse to smile for the picture!

Heads Up!

Don't let the reins get away from you on this word! It's always spelled EI.

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