From the Word Wizard Club...
May 2, 2011

Hear It!

twinkle

Which Means:

To shine with short tiny flashes of light.

As In:

Image The lights twinkle around the deer's head.

Heads Up!

When a person is happy or excited, their eyes will appear to twinkle.

Hear It!

vernal

Which Means:

Related to the season of spring.

As In:

Image Vernal blossoms in the morning sun cheer everyone's mood.

Heads Up!

The word 'vernal' comes from Latin vernÄ?lis, from vÄ?r (spring).

Hear It!

musician

Which Means:

A person who makes or performs music as a job.

As In:

Image The musician sat at the keyboard and poured her heart out into the music.

Heads Up!

The 'shun' ending of 'musician' is spelled with a 'CIAN'.

Hear It!

plank

Which Means:

A wide piece of lumber (wood) that is thicker than a board.

As In:

Image Mack held up the plank and his saw for everyone to see.

Heads Up!

The L in 'plank' is the plank!

Hear It!

groan

Which Means:

A low sound a person may make in sadness or pain.

As In:

Image Frank groaned because he ate too many hot dogs.

Heads Up!

This word is onomatopoeic, sounding just like a groan!

Hear It!

custom

Which Means:

A regular practice, a behavior that is repeated over and over.

As In:

Image For bedtime, mother created the custom of bathing, reading, feeding, and rocking the baby to sleep.

Heads Up!

Beware that 'custom' has a different spelling from 'costume', although a costume may be a part of a custom!

Hear It!

plethora

Which Means:

Too much of, an abundance or excess.

As In:

Image Charles had a plethora of tools to chose from for his next project.

Heads Up!

The 'er' sound is spelled with an OR.

Hear It!

barge

Which Means:

A large, flat boat designed to carry cargo (goods).

As In:

Image The barge carried goods from Australia to the US.

Heads Up!

This word can also be used as a verb: The person barged through crowd. You can imagine this person moving clumsily, bumping into things.

Hear It!

ballad

Which Means:

A tender, emotional, or romantic poem or song that tells a story.

As In:

Image The young man wrote a ballad for his girlfriend.

Heads Up!

Imagine that the two Ls in 'ballad' are the two people dancing together slowly.

Hear It!

royalty

Which Means:

A king or queen and the family of the king or queen.

As In:

Image Today, British royalty will marry! A grand wedding will take place between Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Heads Up!

The adjective 'royal' can be used to describe such a family or event.

Now that you have reviewed the words, challenge your memory!

Note about the crossword: Playing the crossword requires Macromedia Flash. If you are unable to download Macromedia Flash, please feel free to download and print the PDF form of the puzzle.

Teachers! We now have Goodword Junior folders containing PDFs of the review emails and crossword puzzles. Click here to view or download these free printable documents.

© 2004-2014 Lexiteria, LLC