•  Frindle


    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.

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    August 19-23, 2019

    Unit 2:  Vowel Sounds

    1. awake
    2. feast
    3. stray
    4. greet
    5. praise
    6. disease
    7. repeat
    8. display
    9. braces
    10. thief
    11. ashamed
    12. sleeve
    13. brain
    14. beneath
    15. sheepish
    16. release
    17. remain
    18. sway
    19. training
    20. niece

    REVIEW Words:

    1. weather
    2. promise
    3. gravity
    4. energy

    CHALLENGE Words:

    1. feature
    2. stationary
    3. exceed
    4. terrain


    August 12-16, 2019

    Unit 1: Short Vowel Sounds

    1. stingy

    2. weather

    3. bundle

    4. direct

    5. crush

    6. blister

    7. wobble

    8. shovel

    9. numb

    10. breath

    11. grasp

    12. promise

    13. feather

    14. solid

    15. swift

    16. gravity

    17. comic

    18. frantic

    19. energy

    20. hymn

    Challenge Words:

    1. shrugged

    2. adjective

    3. suggest

    4. pessimist


  • Big Idea Words:

    • excel
    • illustrious
    • revere
    • transcend

    Critical Vocabulary Words

    1. 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. 
    2. 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
    3. 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.
    4. prestigious:  Something prestigious is impressive and important. There is an impressive list of speakers for this year’s prestigious peace conference. 
    5. 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.
    6. impoverished:  To be impoverished is to be poor. Many impoverished villages rely on outside donations to meet their medical needs.
    7. 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
    8. 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.
    9. elite:  Elite members of a group are those who are the best or most skilled. Elite athletes need to spend many hours training.
    10. objective:  An objective is a goal. The objective of a football game is to score the most points by getting touchdowns or field goals.
    11. 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:

    • electric
    • science
    • wire
    • factories