From the Word Wizard Club...
August 17, 2009

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

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sail

Which Means:

A piece of material that is supported and held by posts so the wind catches it and pushes the boat across the water.

As In:

Image Even though the journey was long, not even one sail was ripped or torn.

Heads Up!

Even the letters make the shape of a sail as the wind blows through them: sail. Remember the long A sound, as in 'pail' and 'mail'.

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bean

Which Means:

The edible seeds or pods of legume plants.

As In:

Image My mother likes to plant a different kind of bean every year.

Heads Up!

Beans are long, and so is the EA sound!

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pace

Which Means:

The speed of walking or other movement.

As In:

Image Marty always walks at a fast pace.

Heads Up!

The E at the end of 'pace' makes the A have a long sound.

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theme

Which Means:

A subject or topic on which a person writes, speaks, or centers an activity.

As In:

Image Missy chose a princess theme for her birthday.

Heads Up!

The middle E is long because of the E after the consonant.

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grief

Which Means:

Suffering from the sorrow brought about by a great loss, deep sadness.

As In:

Image Alice felt grief over her parrot's death.

Heads Up!

I before E except after C. Here it takes a long E sound.

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distinguished

Which Means:

Set apart from the rest of people in some way, by achievement, looks, dress, or behavior.

As In:

Image Mr. Nightingale looks very distinguished with his hat, suit, and cane, riding a scooter!

Heads Up!

The spelling of this word makes it distinguished!

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improvement

Which Means:

An object or action that makes something better.

As In:

Image My dad is always involved with some home improvement project!

Heads Up!

To improve the spelling of this word, keep the E at the end of 'improve' and add -MENT.

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meander

Which Means:

To move without a straight path or obvious goal, to wander or twist and turn.

As In:

Image The students meander in the school yard after classes are over.

Heads Up!

Remember this word stars with 'me' and ends in 'ander'.

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plantation

Which Means:

A large farm specializing in one crop.

As In:

Image Our class went to visit a tea plantation.

Heads Up!

Plants are grown on plantations!

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scatter

Which Means:

To sprinkle using a throwing motion over a wide area.

As In:

Image Bill likes to scatter his papers all over and then pick them up.

Heads Up!

The two Ts are not scattered in this word -- keep them together!

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gradual

Which Means:

Happening, changing or moving slowly, bit by bit, or piece by piece.

As In:

Image The colors of the sunset change in a gradual way.

Heads Up!

With practice, you will gradually become a fine speller!

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memorize

Which Means:

To learn something by heart, to have the words, facts, or details in memory to be recalled quickly.

As In:

Image For the spelling bee, we had to practice and memorize several words.

Heads Up!

Can you remember that memorize is made by changing the Y to I on 'memory'?

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dismay

Which Means:

The feeling of disappointment, shock, and alarm when something happens.

As In:

Image Mr. Fry felt dismay when he found out all the computer files were deleted!

Heads Up!

This word comes with two syllables: dis-may.

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successful

Which Means:

Finishing what was attempted, or achieving goals.

As In:

Image John had a successful fishing day.

Heads Up!

Successfully spell 'successful' with two Cs and two Ss!

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ingredient

Which Means:

A component (part) of a dish in cooking.

As In:

Image Melanie helped her grandmother pour each ingredient into the bowl.

Heads Up!

Several letters are the ingredients of this word!

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