From the Word Wizard Club...
September 7, 2009

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

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contrast

Which Means:

To look at two or more things at the same time to see the differences between them.

As In:

Image Rae is writing a contrast paper that contrasts leaves and stones.

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Can you contrast the spelling of this word with 'compare'?

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opponent

Which Means:

Someone on the opposite side or team as you, a competitor.

As In:

Image Even though Neil was friends with his opponents in the spelling bee, he had to compete against him.

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The two Ps are opponents in 'opponent'.

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avoid

Which Means:

To do everything you can NOT to do something.

As In:

Image Brett ducked out of the way to avoid the flying rocket.

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You won't improve your spelling if you avoid practicing!

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spittle

Which Means:

Little pieces of liquid that fly out of a person's mouth when talking, spit.

As In:

Image Don't stand too close to Pete--you might be showered with spittle!

Heads Up!

See the actual word 'spit' in 'spittle'?

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contain

Which Means:

To hold inside of something or someone.

As In:

Image I need something to contain my pencils.

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This word contains three vowels!

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wares

Which Means:

Goods, merchandise, or products.

As In:

Image Stephanie brought back different wares she bought in Africa.

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This word is usually in the plural form (wares) and takes a plural verb.

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approve

Which Means:

To authorize, okay, or respond positively to a request.

As In:

Image Bill gave the "thumbs up" sign because he will approve!

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Miss Spelling would approve of this word being spelled APPROVE.

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weight

Which Means:

How heavy something is.

As In:

Image Nigel is lifting too much weight; he'll hurt his back!

Heads Up!

The EI here is pronounced as a long A, so 'weight' sounds just like 'wait'--but don't mix them up!

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persuade

Which Means:

To urge or advise someone to do something.

As In:

Image Mother tried to persuade Ricky to take the medicine.

Heads Up!

Can you be persuaded to put the U before A in 'persuade'?

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atmosphere

Which Means:

The air around us or the climate.

As In:

Image Earth's atmosphere, held in place by gravity, thins into nothing in outer space.

Heads Up!

This word isn't too high for you to spell. Break it down into syllables: at-mo-sphere.

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