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January 11 – 15, 2010             Stretching Ourselves

 

Vocabulary Word

Meaning

abdomen

the part of the body containing the stomach, intestines, and other important organs

artificial

made by human skill or labor; not natural

gait

a manner of walking or running

handicapped

having a physical or mental disability

therapist

a person who specializes in treatment of diseases, injuries, or disorders

wheelchair

a chair on wheels, used by people who are sick or who are unable to walk

 

January 19 – 22, 2010             Exploding Ants

 

Vocabulary Word

Meaning

abdomen

the part of the body containing the stomach, intestines, and other important organs

artificial

made by human skill or labor; not natural

gait

a manner of walking or running

handicapped

having a physical or mental disability

therapist

a person who specializes in treatment of diseases, injuries, or disorders

wheelchair

a chair on wheels, used by people who are sick or who are unable to walk

  

January 25 – 29, 2010             The Stormi Giovanni Club

 

Vocabulary Word

Meaning

cavities

hollow places; holes in teeth caused by decay

combination

a series of numbers or letters dialed in opening a certain kind of lock

demonstrates

shows how a thing is done

episode

one part of a story that is published or broadcast in several parts, one at a time

profile

low profile, moderate attitude or position, deliberately chosen in order to avoid notice

strict

very careful in following a rule or making other follow it

  

February 1 – 5, 2010               The Gymnast

 

Vocabulary Word

Meaning

bluish

somewhat blue

cartwheels

sideways handsprings with the legs and arms kept straight

gymnastics

a sport in which very difficult exercises are performed

hesitation

act of failing to act promptly

limelight

center of public attention and interest

skidded

slipped or slid sideways while moving

somersault

to run or jump, turning the heels over the head

throbbing

beating rapidly or strongly

wincing

drawing back suddenly

 February 8 – 12, 2010             The Three-Century Woman

Vocabulary Word

Meaning

eerie

causing fear because of strangeness or weirdness

intersection

point, line, or place where one thing crosses another

pondered

considered carefully; thought over

severe

serious; grave

spectacles

eyeglasses

withered

lost or caused to lose freshness; made or became dry and lifeless

February 16 – 19, 2010           The Unsinkable Wreck of the R.M.S. Titanic

Vocabulary Word

Meaning

cramped

shut into a small space

debris

scattered fragments; ruins; rubbish

interior

inner surface or part; inside

ooze

a soft mud or slime, especially at the bottom of a pond or river or on the ocean bottom

robotic

of or for a machine with moving parts and sensing devices controlled by a computer

sediment

material that settles to the bottom of a liquid

sonar

device for finding the depth of water or for detecting and locating underwater objects

  

February 22 – 26, 2010           Talk with an Astronaut

 

Vocabulary Word

Meaning

accomplished

things that have been done with knowledge, skill, or ability; achievements

focus

the central point of attraction, attention, or activity

gravity

the natural force that causes objects to move or tend to move toward the center of the earth

monitors

screens connected to a computer, which show information and instructions

role

a part played by a person in real life; role model, person whose patterns of behavior influence someone else’s actions and beliefs

specific

definite; precise; particular

  

March 1 – 5, 2010                   Journey to the Center of the Earth

 

Vocabulary Word

Meaning

armor

any kind of protective covering

encases

covers completely; encloses

extinct

no longer existing

hideous

very ugly; frightful; horrible

plunged

fell or moved suddenly downward or forward

serpent

snake, especially a big snake

  

March 8 – 12, 2010                 Ghost Towns of the American West

Vocabulary Word

Meaning
economicof or about the management of the income, supplies, and expenses of a household, government, etc.
independencefreedom from the control, influence, support, or help of others
overrunto spread over
scrawledwritten or drawn poorly or carelessly
vacantnot occupied
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