From the Word Wizard Club...
May 4, 2009

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

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kingdom

Which Means:

A government that is lead by a queen or king.

As In:

Image The ruler governed the kingdom from his throne in the castle, barely lifting a finger.

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The suffix -dom on a noun means it refers to a place where things are.

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athletic

Which Means:

Strong, muscular, robust, or vigorous.

As In:

Image Susanna has an athletic body from months of training.

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Use your athletic fingers to grip your pencil and spell this word in three syllables: ATH-LET-IC.

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available

Which Means:

Ready to be used or you can get it.

As In:

Image Check at the library to see if the book you want is available.

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Three As are available in 'available'.

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concentrate

Which Means:

To focus attention on one thing.

As In:

Image I can't concentrate on my homework with the TV on, but some people can!

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To help concentrate on the spelling of this word, break it down into three syllables: con-cen-trate.

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cringe

Which Means:

To jerk, bend, or shrink away suddenly in fear or pain.

As In:

Image Bethany can't help but cringe when she has to get a shot at the doctor's.

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Does spelling make you cringe? Not after you learn to do it correctly!

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delivery

Which Means:

The act of bringing something to a person or place.

As In:

Image Max's first job was as a pizza delivery boy!

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The delivery of these letters in the correct order bring you 'delivery'!

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desire

Which Means:

To long for, to strongly wish for a person or thing.

As In:

Image Gray desired good luck, so he threw a coin into the well and made a wish.

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Every other letter in this word is a vowel: E-I-E. What more could you desire?

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gorilla

Which Means:

The largest type of ape (large monkey) found in Africa.

As In:

Image The gorilla laughed and laughed at the funny joke.

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Imagine that the two Ls in 'gorilla' are its two arms!

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disgrace

Which Means:

Shame or dishonor created by bad behavior.

As In:

Image The dishonest judge brought disgrace to the small town by accepting a bribe to let the guilty criminal go free.

Heads Up!

The prefix DIS- means "not" and gives the noun the opposite meaning.

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endless

Which Means:

Continuing or going on forever.

As In:

Image The sky looks endless.

Heads Up!

The suffix -LESS means "without". What other words can end in -LESS?

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