Weekly Vocabulary

THIS MONDAY AT 2 PM (PERHAPS A BIT LATER, DEPENDING ON HOW THINGS ARE GOING), YOU WILL BE COMPETING AGAINST YOUR SISTER IN A GAME OF SIBLING RIVARLY.  Each week I will be giving you 12 new words (with a common theme), to help you both build your vocabulary.  Too many times I get stopped in the middle of a sentence because one of you does not understand one of the words that I am using.  What happened to the use of vocabulary in the public classroom?!  Anyways, with these 12 words, sometimes I will be giving you the meanings of the words and sometimes you may have to look them up for yourselves (a good website is dictionary.com).  I may also be providing activities to help with each week's vocabulary, or that activity may be provided at the actual game Sibling Rivarly.  

Sibling Rivarly will be played in several different ways, most commonly as if a game of Jeopardy.  I will also be doing Bingo or worksheet quizzes.  I will also be providing a different tip each week on how to better retain these vocabulary words so that all of these words are better kept in your mental "box".  



(with the theme of The Top 1000):

derived:  verb:  formed or developed from something else; not original:  Example sentences-In our small town, most of the citizens derived their income from manufacturing jobs.;  It is not surprising that I derived my distinct eye color from my parents.


elaborate:  adjective:  marked by complexity and richness of detail:  Example sentences-Stephanie's dress was way too elaborate for a casual dinner.;  When the defendant gave an alibi that was too elaborate in its description, he made the police very suspicious.


substantial:  adjective:  real; having a material or factual existence:  Example sentences-After winning the lottery, the family won a substantial amount of money in which they didn't know how to spend it all.;  Her substantial problem of gambling ultimately led to her bankruptcy and divorce since the family now owed so much money to the casino.


frontier:  noun:  a wilderness at the edge of a settled area of a country:  Example sentences-The science fiction program begins with a description of space as the final frontier.;  Because the scientists were working on genetic cloning, they are at the frontier of reproductive science.  


facile:  adjective:  arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth:  Example sentences-While the adults found the video game complicated, the teenagers thought it was facile and easily played.;  No one was surprised when the senior detective solved the facile case in less than twenty-four hours.


cite:  verb:  make reference to:  Example sentences-The teacher was saddened to learn only half of her students could cite the Pledge of Allegiance.;  In his essay, Randy must cite the opinions of several experts.


warrant:  verb:  show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for:  Example sentences-If your dad is feeling bad enough to warrant medical attention, he needs to see a doctor, not a nurse.;  Until he does something to warrant police action, I'd say he has every right to stay.


sob:  verb:  weep convulsively:  Example sentences-Spoiled toddlers often sob when their parents leave home.;  When my teenager learned he was grounded, he gave a sob and ran to his room. 


rider:  noun:  a traveler who actively sits and travels on an animal:  Example sentences-A child can become a rider of a bicycle at an early age.;  She became a rider of a horse when she was young.  


dense:  adjective:  permitting little if any light to pass through:  Example sentences-The forest was so dense we could barely walk between the trees.;  I felt as though I barely had room to breathe in the dense crowd.  


afflict:  verb: cause physical pain or suffering in:  Example sentences-He attributes all the evils that afflict society to the pressure of competition, whereby the weaker are driven to the wall.;  Those types of diseases afflict an estimated two million people every year.  


flourish:  verb:  grow vigorously:  Example sentences-The fertile ground and ample water supply will allow the crops to flourish.;  With the assistance of a caring mentor, Jill was able to flourish academically and socially at her new school.  


Activity:  Use dictionary.com for this assignment.  Figure out how many syllables are in each word and group them together according to the amount of syllables.  For example, derived and frontier both have two syllables so they would be in the same group.


**TIP OF THE WEEK:  Have you been keeping an organized vocabulary notebook as suggested at the beginning of the year?  This is the last Sibling Rivalry FOR T