by Andrew Clements Year Published: 1996
Nicholas Allen has plenty of ideas. Who can forget the time he turned his third-grade classroom into a tropical island, or the times he fooled his teacher by chirping like a blackbird? But now Nick's in fifth grade, and it looks like his days as a troublemaker are over.
Everyone knows that Mrs. Granger, the language arts teacher, has X-ray vision, and nobody gets away with anything in her classroom. To make matters worse, she's also a fanatic about the dictionary, which is hopelessly boring to Nick. But when Nick learns an interesting tidbit about words and where they come from, it inspires his greatest plan yet: to invent a new word. From now on, a pen is no longer a pen — it's a frindle.
August 19-23, 2019
Unit 2: Vowel Sounds
August 12-16, 2019
Unit 1: Short Vowel Sounds
Big Idea Words:
Critical Vocabulary Words
- irrigate: To irrigate crops is to supply them with water through a system of pipes, sprinklers, or streams. The farmer installed a new water pump to irrigate his fields.
- inspector: An inspector reviews or examines something carefully. The home inspector will arrive on Friday to be sure the new electrical system is working properly
- photographed: If someone or something was photographed, its photo was recorded on film or as a computer file. The reporter brought along a camera so that the speech could be photographed for the newspaper article.
- prestigious: Something prestigious is impressive and important. There is an impressive list of speakers for this year’s prestigious peace conference.
- auditorium: An auditorium is a large room where an audience gathers for a presentation or performance. The dance recital will be held in the auditorium, located behind the studio.
- impoverished: To be impoverished is to be poor. Many impoverished villages rely on outside donations to meet their medical needs.
- maneuver: To maneuver something is to move it. People who know how to sail successfully must spend many hours learning how to maneuver a boat
- specialized: If a company specialized in something, it provided a special type of product. My uncle became very successful after starting a company that specialized in auto racing parts.
- elite: Elite members of a group are those who are the best or most skilled. Elite athletes need to spend many hours training.
- objective: An objective is a goal. The objective of a football game is to score the most points by getting touchdowns or field goals.
- traditional: Something that is traditional has been made or done in the same way for a long time. Traditional telephones needed to stay plugged into the wall, but modern cell phones are mobile.
High Frequency Words: