A Fine, Fine School
- fine - very nice
- principal - the leader of a school
- proud - pleased with yourself or someone else
- strolled - walked slowly
- announced - made known
- certainly – surely
- soared - flew upward
- worried - uneasy or anxious
The Trial of Cardigan Jones
- trial - a meeting in court to decide if someone has broken the law.
- jury - the group of people who make the decision in a trial.
- stand - the place where a witness in a trial sits while being questioned.
- guilty - having done something wrong.
- honest - truthful.
- convinced - made someone believe or agree to something.
- pointed - used a finger to show where something was.
- murmur - the sound of people speaking very softly.
- block - the section of a street between two other streets.
- spreading - stretching something out.
- raise - to collect.
- figure - to work out by thinking.
- contacted - get in touch with someone.
- customers - people who buy something at a store.
- afford - to be able to pay.
- earn - to get something by working.
- foggy - filled with thick mist or low clouds.
- stretch - to spread out.
- crew - a group of people doing work.
- balancing - keeping steady.
- tide - the rise and fall of the sea.
- cling - to hold tightly to something.
- excitement - the feeling of being stirred up.
- disappears - passes from sight.
- pronounced - said clearly and correctly.
- stands - seats at a stadium or ballpark.
- fans - great admirers.
- league - group of teams that compete against one another.
- score - to make a point or points in a game.
- polish - to make shine; to make something better.
- style - a way of doing something.
- slammed - hit with sudden force.
Bat Loves the Night
- detail - each part of several items of information.
- squeak - a short, high-pitched sound.
- echoes - repeating sounds caused by the rebounding of sound waves from a surface.
- swoops - to descend quickly with a sweeping motion.
- twitch - to move with a slight jerk.
- slithers - to move in a slippery way.
- doze - to sleep lightly.
- snuggles - to curl up closely.
What Do Illustrators Do?
- tools - things people use to help them do a job.
- sketches - quick drawings without much detail.
- scribbles - drawings or doodles, drawn in a quick or careless way.
- research - careful study of a subject or problem.
- textures - the ways that surfaces look and feel.
- imagine - to see a picture in your mind.
- illustrate - to make pictures that show or explain something.
- tracing - used to copy or trace lines.
The Harvest Birds
- serious - not playful or silly; not joking.
- patch - a small piece of land.
- borrow - to use something that someone else owns and return it later.
- advice - ideas or suggestions about what someone should do.
- ashamed - feeling guilty, sorry, or embarrassed.
- borders - the edges of a place.
- separate - divide into groups.
- harvest - the ripe crops that are gathered.
- familiar - well known from being seen often.
- blurry - unclear or smeared.
- vacant - empty or not occupied.
- jerky - moving in sudden, uneven, or awkward ways.
- applause - clapping meant to show appreciation or enjoyment.
- blasted - made a sudden, loud sound.
- rude - impolite or having bad manners.
- rickety - shakey or likely to fall apart.
Young Thomas Edison
- genius - extraordinary intellectual power, especially seen in creative ability.
- signal - a sound, motion, or other sign that sends a message.
- electric - powered by electricity, a form of energy caused by the motion of electrons and protons.
- laboratory - a place where scientists work and do experiments.
- gadget - a small, useful machine or device.
- experiment - a test to find out or prove something.
- invention - an original device, system, or process.
- occasional - happening from time to time.
Technology Wins the Game
- power - strength.
- fraction - a part of a whole unit.
- contribute - to help or add to.
- process - the steps taken to complete a task.
- compete - to try to do something better than others.
- improve - to get better.
- flexible - able to bend.
- athletes - people who do physical exercise or play sports.
Tops and Bottoms
- crops - plants that are grown, especially those grown for food.
- profit - the amount of money left after the cost of doing business is subtracted from the amount of money earned.
- scowled - made an angry facial expression.
- grunted - made a short, low sound in the back of the throat.
- hollered - yelled.
- risky - dangerous.
- tugged - pulled strongly.
- plucked - pulled off or out quickly.
- fondly - in a loving or caring way.
- mist - a fine spray or light fog.
- peak - the top of a mountain or hill.
- rugged - rough and uneven.
- pausing - stopping briefly.
- steep - having a sharp slope.
- examined - looked at closely.
- Pleaded – begged or requested urgently.
Aero and Officer Mike
- ability - skill.
- patrol - to walk through an area to watch or guard it.
- loyal - faithful.
- partners - two people who work together.
- shift - the period of time a worker does his or her job.
- snap - to bite quickly.
- lying - resting in a flat position.
- quiver – to shake or tremble.
The Extra-Good Sunday
- recommended - suggested.
- ingredients - part of a mixture.
- cross - angry.
- degrees - units.
- festive - merry.
- tense - edgy or stressed.
- remarked - said.
- Anxiously – with worry or eagerness.
Judy Moody Saves the World!
- shade - an area where direct sunlight is blocked.
- dripping - coming down in drops.
- carton - a paper or cardboard box.
- hardly - not very much.
- rubbish - trash.
- recycle - to treat or process in order to use again.
- global - worldwide.
- complicated - hard to understand or deal with; difficult.
- pollution - the state of being dirty or not pure.
- project - a special undertaking.
The Albertosaurus Mystery
- buried - cover up.
- location - place where something is.
- remains - what is left.
- clues - things that help solve a mystery or problem.
- skeletons - frameworks of bones inside or outside of bodies.
- evidence - facts that lead to a conclusion or help people find out what is true.
- fossils - very old traces or remains of plants or animals.
- prove - to show by using facts.
- fierce - very wild and dangerous.
- uncovering - opening to view.
A Tree is Growing
- passages - narrow paths or channels.
- spines - sharp, pointy growths.
- tropical - having to do with the warm areas of the Earth near the equator.
- store - to put away for later use.
- throughout - all the way through.
- absorb - take in or soak up.
- dissolve - to seem to disappear when mixed with liquid.
- clumps - groups or bunches of things, especially plants and dirt.
- coverings - the outside of things, usually serving as protection.
- pollen - tiny yellow grains made by flowering plants.
Two Bear Cubs
- ignored - refused to pay attention to someone or something.
- hesitation - doubt or uncertainty.
- greedily - in an excessive manner.
- scolding - using harsh language to correct someone.
- drowsy - almost asleep.
- base - the lowest, bottom, or supporting part of something.
- console - to provide comfort to someone in distress.
- burden - a load being carried.
- heroic - brave.
- glancing - looking at something quickly.
Life on the Ice
- wilderness - a wild, unlived-in area of land.
- gliding - sliding, moving, or flying along with ease.
- region - a certain area or space.
- colony - a group of people or animals that live together.
- shelter - a place that covers or protects.
- unexpected - without warning.
- overheated - heated beyond the safe point.
- constant - always the same.
- climate - usual weather conditions in an area over many years.
- layer - one thickness.
Sarah, Plain and Tall
- slick - having a smooth, glossy, or slippery surface.
- rough - having a bumpy, knobby, or uneven surface.
- fetch - to go after and bring back somebody or something.
- batted - struck at something.
- buzzing - making a low, humming sound.
- rustle - a swishing or soft cracking sound.
- clattered - made a loud rattling noise.
- thumped - hit in a way that made a loud dull sound.
- sniff - breathe in through the nose to see how something smells.
- prairie - a treeless, grass-covered plain in the Midwest.
The Journey: Stories of Migration
- landscape - scenery.
- survival - the act of staying alive.
- dramatic - exciting.
- solid - firm and hard.
- thunderous - very loud.
- chilly - cold.
- migrate - to move to another place.
- accidents - unexpected injuries.
- frightening - scary.
- plenty - more than enough.
The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman
- conversations - talks with someone.
- currently - as of now.
- loaded - piled.
- loveliest - most beautiful, most delightful.
- inspired - caused someone to act, think, or feel a certain way.
- managed - succeed.
- pleasure - enjoyment.
- sincere - honest, truthful.
- terror - great fear.
- reunion - a coming together again.
Dog of the Sea Waves
- guided - lead or steered in the right direction.
- rippled - flowed or covered with small waves.
- arrival - the act of coming to a place.
- twisted - wound together.
- aboard - onto a ship or other mode of transportation.
- bay - sheltered water area.
- lava - melted rock that flows from a volcano.
- anchor - big hook that keeps a ship in place.
- spotted - caught sight of.
- voyage - a long trip.
Mountains: Surviving on Mount Everest
- approached - came near.
- altitude - height above Earth's surface.
- tanks - containers.
- slopes - a slanted surface.
- section - part or area.
- increases - becomes more.
- avalanches - snow or rock slides on a mountain.
- halt - a temporary stop.
- succeed - accomplish something attempted.
- equipment - supplies.