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Spencer Trail
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Mrs. Persak
Kindergarten - Spencer Trail

Click on a drawer to see the vocabulary list for each story.

Ruby the Copycat

pleasant - something that is pleasant is enjoyable and makes you happy.
coincidence - a coincidence is when two things happen that seem to fit together but are not connected.
modeled -  if you modeled something, you showed it so that other people could see it.
loyal-  someone who is loyal stands by you in good times and bad.
recited-  if you recited something, you memorized it and then spoke it aloud.
 murmur-  when people murmur, they speak so softly that they can hardly be heard. 
trudged-  if you walked slowly as though your feet were stuck in mud, you trudged.
 frustratedwhen you try and try to do something and cannot, then you might feel frustrated.
imitated-  if you copied what someone did or said, you imitated him or her.
gushedwhen you were excited about something and talked a lot about it, you gushed.

The Day Eddie Met the Author

assembly-  an assembly is a group of people who have gathered for a reason.
plenty-  if you have plenty of something, you have more than enough.
dismiss-  to dismiss is to give permission to leave. 
squirmedif you squirmed in your seat, you kept wriggling around as if you were uncomfortable.
patchwork-  patchwork is cloth made by sewing together small pieces of different fabrics.
autographed- if you autographed something, you signed your name on it.
conquer- when you conquer something, such as a problem or a fear, you win against it and over come it.
resistance- when you feel resistance, you do not want something to happen.
ponderwhen you ponder, you take time to think about an idea.
anticipationwhen you feel anticipation, you feel excited because something is about to happen.

Schools Around the World

chore- chores are small jobs that you need to do but may not enjoy.
certain- a certain thing is one particular thing.
resource- resources are materials, money, and other things that can be used.
culture- a culture is made up of a group’s customs and traditions.
tutor-  a tutor is someone who helps another person with schoolwork.
uniform- uniforms are clothes that all the people in a group wear so they are dressed alike.
proper- something that is proper is the way it is supposed to be, or correct.
boarding- when you are boarding someone, you are giving that person a place to live for a while.
literacy- literacy is the ability to read and write.
diverse- if a group of things is diverse, then the individual things in the group are different from each other.

Ellen Ochoa Astronaut

talented- a talented person has the special ability to do something very well.
apply- when you apply for a job, you are asking for work.
research- research involves getting information about a question or topic.
invention- an invention is something completely new that someone has made.
hinder- when you hinder someone, you make it difficult or impossible for them to do something.
disappointed- you are disappointed if you are unhappy about the way something turned out.
persevere- you persevere when you keep trying to do something without giving up.
confidence- if you are sure that everything will work out, you have confidence.
ambitious- an ambitious person is eager to reach a goal.
attain- when you reach a goal, you attain it.

School News

viewersviewers are people who watch something.
survive- to survive is to remain alive, even after great difficulties.
camouflage- when something has camouflage, it blends into its surroundings.
concealed- something that is concealed is covered up so it can’t be seen.
independent- a person who is independent is someone who does things on his or her own.
donated- something that has been donated has been given away for free.
media- the many ways that people communicate, including newspapers, magazines, and television, are
            all part of the media.
feature- when reporters do a special report on a topic, the report is called a feature.
image- an image is a picture of something or someone.
popular- something that is popular is something that many people like.

The Babe and I

skim- If a boat moves swiftly over the water, it skims the surface.
span- If the bridge spans meet, they come together.
contribution- If you help your family reach its goal, you make a contribution to your family.
initiative- When you take initiative, you make the first step in doing something.
midst- If you are in the midst of something,, you are in the middle of it.
shabby- Shabby things look old and worn out.
dazed- If you are dazed, you are confused and cannot think properly.
elevated- Something that is elevated is lifted up.
embarrass- If you embarrass someone, you make that person feel uncomfortable or ashamed.
collapses- When something collapses, it falls down because it is not well supported.

Aero and Officer Mike

babbleIf you babble, you say words that cannot be understood.
suspiciousIf you think someone cannot be trusted, you are suspicious of him or her.
accompany-   When you accompany someone, you go someplace with him or her.
competentIf you are competent, you’re good at what you are doing.
scentA scent is what something smells like.
wandersA person who wanders travels without planning where he or she is going.
whinedIf someone or something whined, it gave a long, high cry.
obeyWhen you obey, you do what you are told to do.
demonstrate- When you demonstrate something, you show how it works or how it is done.
patrol- People patrol an area when they go through it with the purpose of guarding it.

How Animals Talk

charging- If an animal is charging, it is rushing or moving quickly towards something or someone.
ferociousA ferocious animal looks angry and wild.
dominant- If someone or something is the strongest, it is dominant.
conflict- If two animals are fighting, they are in a conflict.
communicate- When two people or animals communicate, they share information.
flickWhen you flick something, you move it or snap it quickly.
alert- If you alert people to something, you get their attention and let them know to be careful.
signalA signal is a sound or an action that sends a message.
chatterWhen animals chatter, they repeat their sounds quickly.
groom- When an animal grooms itself, it makes itself neat and clean.  

Stone Soup

denseWhen something is made of things that are very close together, it is dense.
reaction- A response to something that happens is a reaction.
ingredients- Ingredients are all the foods and spices that you use to make a certain kind of food.
graciousWhen you try to make a guest comfortable in your home, you are being gracious.
famine- When there is a famine, there is not enough food to feed everyone.
generous- People who are generous are happy to share with others.
curiosity- Something that is called a curiosity is something odd or unusual that interests people.
gaze- A gaze is a long look at something.
agreeable- Something that is agreeable is pleasing to the senses.
banquetIf you are going to a banquet, you are going to a special meal that will have a large amount
           of food.

The Case of the Three Bears Breakfast

investigateWhen you investigate something, you try to find out the truth about it.
expert- An expert is someone who knows a lot about a certain job.
laboratory- A place where experiments are done is a laboratory.
various- When there are various objects, there are objects of different types.
suspect- When you suspect someone of doing something; you think that person has done it.
confess- When you confess, you tell the truth about something you did wrong.
perplexed- When you are perplexed about something, you are confused about it.
inquisitive- If you are inquisitive about something, you are curious about it.
inviting- If something looks inviting, you want to take part in it or have something to do with it.
amusing- If something is fun or funny, it is amusing.

Loved Best

swooned- If you had a terrible shock or surprise that made you faint or fall, you might have swooned. astonished- When you are amazed and surprised by something, you are astonished.
encourgaging-An encouraging word from a friend can make you feel that you can do something well.
brief- If something is brief, it does not take much time.
chuckling- If you are chuckling, you are laughing quietly to yourself.
soothing- Something that is soothing makes you feel calm.
sobbed- Someone who sobbed cried very hard.
praised-If you praised someone, you told that person that he or she did something well.
envious- If you feel envious, you want something that someone else has.
rivalry- People who have a rivalry are competing against each other for something.

A Pen Pal for Max

decipheredIf you have figured out a message that is difficult to understand or that is written in 
     code, then you have deciphered it.
mistaken- If you are wrong about something, you are mistaken.
translateIf you translate something, you say or write it in another language.
repairsWhen something needs repairs, it needs to be fixed.
heavingHeaving is throwing something heavy with great effort.
bothersomeWhen something is bothersome, it bothers you and causes problems
dinIf there is a din, there is so much noise that it is hard to hear anything over it.
dodgingWhen you are dodging something, you avoid something that is coming toward you.
catastrophe- A catastrophe is something really terrible that has happened.
fortunate- If you are fortunate, you are very lucky.

A Tree is Growing

tugged- If you tugged something, you pulled it hard.
pausedIf you paused, you stopped what you were doing for just a moment.
columns- A column is a tall, circular structure that holds up part of a building.
absorb- Something absorbs a liquid if it soaks up the liquid.
protects- When you protect something, you keep it safe.
rustlingWhen objects are rustling, they are moving and making soft sound.
dissolve- When something dissolves, it mixes completely with a liquid.
particlesTiny pieces of something are called particles.
scavengerAn animal is a scavenger if it collects leftover and unwanted objects.
self-sufficient- If something is self-sufficient, it makes everything it needs.

One Small Place in a Tree

sprout-  When something sprouts, it begins to grow.
damp- If something is damp, it is a little bit wet.
suppose- When you suppose something, you think that it is happening or that it is going to happen.
roostA bird will try to roost, or settle, in trees or on branches.
spears- If someone spears something, he or she sticks something sharp through it.
strikes-When something strikes people, it hits them or happens to them.
glimpse- When you get a glimpse of something, you get only a quick peek at it.
maze- If you are in a maze, you are in winding paths that are like a puzzle.
transformation- If someone or something has gone through a transformation, it has been changed.
harmonyIf two things are living in harmony, they are living in agreement, living peacefully.

Ask the Experts

luscious- Something that is luscious appeals to your senses, such as your sense of taste.
expertise- If someone has expertise, he or she knows a lot about a particular topic or skill
issue- An issue is an edition of a newspaper or magazine.
advice- If you give someone advice, you tell what you think the person should do.
consult-  When you consult someone, you ask him or her for information.
recommend- When you recommend something, you tell someone that you think it is good.
sensible- Someone who is sensible makes good decisions and judgments.
devise- To devise is to figure out a way to do something.
correspondence- If you send correspondence, you are communicating in writing.
shudderIf you shudder, you are trembling from fear or from being cold.

Lon Po Po

charmingIf you are charming, you have a way of pleasing people with what you say and how you act.
racket- If you make a lot of noise, you are making a racket.
ingenious- If you do something clever or imaginative, you are ingenious.
outwitIf you trick someone by doing something clever you outsmart, or outwit, them.
tender- Something like food, that is tender is soft and easy to chew or cut.
delighted- When you are very happy about something, you are delighted.
brittle- Things that are brittle are so stiff and hard that they break easily.
embraced- If you hugged someone, you embraced that person.
cunning- Someone who is cunning uses smart and tricky ways to get what he or she wants.
disguised- If you are disguised, you are wearing something that keeps people from knowing who you are.

Two Bear Cubs

aweIf something fills you with awe, you are amazed by it.
concentration- Concentration is focusing your attention on a single thing.
dilemma- A dilemma is a problem or a difficult situation.
commendable- If something is commendable, it is worthy of attention and praise.
glancingWhen you are glancing at something, you are taking a quick look at it.
scoldingIf you are scolding someone, you are angrily pointing out that person’s mistake.
consoleWhen you comfort or cheer someone up, you console him or her.
heroicSomeone who is heroic is brave and acts like a hero.
drowsyWhen you are drowsy, you feel sleepy.
burdenA burden is a heavy load that is difficult to carry.

Me and Uncle Romie

dull- When something is not shiny, it is dull.
towersSomething that is very tall towers over shorter things.
masterpieceA great piece of art can be called a masterpiece.
heritage- Memories and traditions of your family’s past are part of our heritage.
glorious- If something is so wonderful that you can hardly believe, it is glorious.
memory- A memory is something you remember.
ruined- If something is ruined, it is destroyed.
streakTo streak is to move very fast from one place to another.
crept- If you crept, you moved slowly and carefully so that you wouldn’t be seen or heard.
yankedWhen something is yanked, it is given a quick, hard pull.

Half Chicken

deliberately-  If you move slowly and carefully you move deliberately.
composed- If you made up a song,, you composed it.
suggested- If you suggested something, you gave someone an idea.
enormousSomething that is enormous is very big.
exclaimed- If you exclaimed something, you said it excitedly.
swift- Something that is swift moves very quickly.
vain- If you are vain, you think very highly of yourself.
overheard- If you overheard what people said, you heard it without them knowing that you were listening.
gratitude- If you thank someone for something, you are showing gratitude.
compassionIf you are kind to someone, you are showing compassion.

Backstage with Chris and Casey

versions- If there are different versions of a story, the story is told in different ways.
rehearse- To rehearse is to practice for a performance.
mandatory- Something that is mandatory is required.
criticize-When you criticize something, you tell what you think is wrong with it.
immerse- To immerse oneself is to become very involved in something.
dialogue- Conversation between people is called dialogue.
camaraderie- People have camaraderie when they are comfortable with each other and spend a lot of
     time together.
flawless- If a performance is flawless, there are no mistakes in it.
tragic- A tragic event is something that is horrible and hard to forget.
limpWhen something is limp, it is too weak to move or support itself.

Antarctic Ice

conservedIf something is rare or important, you protect  or conserve it.
strict- If you are stern and demand obedience, you are strict.
absence- An absence means that something or someone is not present.
sheltersSomething that shelters you protects you and keeps you safe.
permanently- If something stays one way forever, it stays that way permanently.
drifts- When something drifts, it moves along without direction.
scarce- Something is scarce if there is not much of it to be found.
dim- It is dim when there is not much light.
harsh- If something is hard to stand up to, like a blizzard, it is harsh.
bleak- If something is cold and gloomy, it is bleak.

Bat Loves the Night

blanketedIf an area is blanketed in fog or snow, it is covered.
surroundingsThe area around you is your surroundings.
nocturnal- If an animal is nocturnal, it sleeps during the day and is active at night.
effort- When you work hard, you put out effort.
dozes-  Someone who dozes takes short naps.
swoopsWhen something moves through the air lightly and quickly, it is fluttering.
detailA detail is a small feature.
flutteringWhen something moves through the air lightly and quickly, it is fluttering.
plummetIf you drop suddenly from a great height, you plummet.
invertedSomething that is turned upside down or is inside out is inverted.

Chestnut Cove

eagerly- If you are waiting eagerly for something, you are excited or anxious for it to happen.
transferredIf you transferred something, you moved it from one place to another.
fondnessIf you like something very much, you have a fondness for it.
emotion- An emotion is a feeling such as happiness.
ridiculous- Something that is very silly is ridiculous.
disgraceful- If something is disgraceful, it is shocking and acceptable.
decent- Someone who is decent is good and fair.
inheritWhen you inherit something, you have been given something by someone who used to own it.
contented- If you are contented, you are happy with the way things are.
collaborateIf you are going to work with others on a project, you are planning to collaborate.

Ramona Quimby, Age 8

affordable-  If you have enough money to buy something, that thing is affordable.
individually- If you speak to your friends one at a time, you speak to them individually.
clutter- If a place such as your desk or your room has clutter, it is messy and full of things you do not
     really need.
visibleWhen something is visible, you can see it.
mentioned- If you mentioned something, you talked about it briefly.
beckoned- If you beckoned to someone, you used your hand to signal him or her to come to you.
flustered- If something flustered you,  it made you forget what you were saying or doing.
remark- A remark is something that is said about something.
presentation- If you describe or perform something in front of a group of people, you are putting on a 
effectiveWhen you get the result you want, then your actions have been effective.

Robodogs of Greenville

required- Something that is required is needed.
functional- Something that serves a purpose is functional.
inhabitants- The people or animals that live in a certain place are the inhabitants of that place.
amazement- Amazement is a feeling of great wonder and surprise.
ample- An amount that is ample is enough or more than is needed.
responsibility- A responsibility is something you are excited to do.
futuristic- A futuristic story tells how things might be in the future.
realistic- A book that is realistic describes things as they really are.
confused- A confused person is mixed up.
shiftingIf air is shifting, it is moving or changing.

Charlotte's Web

bristlyIf something is bristly, it is covered with short, stiff hairs.
dreadful- If something is dreadful, it is scary or terrible.
adamant- If someone is adamant, he or she is very determined or stubborn.
inevitableIf something is inevitable, it cannot be avoided or stopped.
nuisance- Something or someone that bothers you can be a nuisance.
boasting- Someone who is boasting is telling other people wonderful things about himself or herself
sway- When things sway, they swing slowly back and forth.
oblige- When you oblige someone, you help the person.
summoning- If you are summoning someone, you are calling for the person to come.
sedentary- If you have a sedentary job or lifestyle, you are sitting down most of the time.

Spiders and Their Webs

justiceIf you treat others fairly, you are showing justice. 
taskWhen you finish your work, you have completed a task.
elaborate- If many details decorate something, it is elaborate. 
inventive- A person who creates or solves something in a new way is inventive. 
preyPrey is an animal that is hunted for food.  
shallowSomething shallow is not very deep. 
reelsA person reels something in by winding up a line attached to it.
strandsLong, thin pieces of something are called strands.
socialA social animal is one that lives in a group with other animals of the same kind. 
spiralA spiral shape curls around and around in a circl

The Science Fair

humor- When you have a sense of humor, it means you enjoy telling and hearing about things that are funny.
abroadIf you go abroad, you go overseas to a different country.
preparationPreparation is everything you do to get ready for something.
gimmick- A gimmick is a trick or a way to grab people’s attention.
sprinkled- If something is sprinkled, it means tiny pieces of something else have been scattered over it.
expand- When things expand, they get bigger.
erupt- Something that erupts breaks out of its bounds.
thoroughIf you do something in a thorough way, you do a careful and complete job.
deliberation- When something takes a  lot of deliberation, it takes a great deal of thought.
grainyIf something is grainy, it is not smooth but has many small, hard pieces.

The Planets

distinctWhen there are several similar but separate objects, they are said to be distinct.
slightly- When something happens slightly, you can barely tell it happened.
infinite- When there is so much of something that it cannot be measured, its size it infinite.
expansiveSomething that is expansive covers a lot of space.
rotate- Something that rotates spins like a top.
steady- A light that is steady always looks the same and does not change or go out.
reflect- When something reflects, light bounces off its surface instead of passing through it.
surface- The surface of something is the top part of it.
evidence- Evidence is proof of what has happened.
appearHow something appears is the way it looks or seems to be.

Voyage Across the Solar System

magnifyWhen you magnify something, you make it look larger than it actually is. 
observed- If you observed something, you watched it carefully to learn more about it.  
generate-To generate something is to produce it. 
confirm- When you can prove something is correct, you can confirm it.
picturesque- Something that is picturesque is pretty enough to be in a picture.
safeguard- To safeguard something is to protect and guard it. 
expedition- An expedition is an adventure or a journey to a new place. 
uncharted- If an area is uncharted, there are no maps of that place.  
aligned- When two things are aligned, they match up perfectly.
occurWhen something occurs, it happens.