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  • Week 3 Homer

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 5/2/2016

    Smith's Monday Memos 5/2/16

     

    Notes: It is a wonderful feeling to be finished with testing! Now we can just enjoy learning!

     

    Reading: Homer Chapters 19-27

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Monday- Review 17-18 Tuesday night- chapters 19-23, Wednesday & Thursday night chapters 24-27. It is important to read this book aloud with your child because it has vocabulary and dialect we do not use in today’s society. Discuss each chapter as you enjoy the book together. Comp. & Vocab. Test Friday

     

     

    Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place , Mississippi Government: Students will learn what role local government plays in our lives, what are the jobs of the three branches of government, and what rights and responsibilities we have as U.S. citizens. Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events.

      

    Quizzes and Tests: 

    Friday-   Homer P. Figg Vocabulary & Comprehension Test  

     

    Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.-Abraham Lincoln

      

    This Week’s Vocabulary Words        

      Chapters 19-27 pages 104-154 Test Friday

     

    Doffs-to tip a hat (Ch 19)                                                 

    Proximity-nearness in location, nearness in place (Ch 20)                         

    Abide-put up with, endure (Ch 21)                                        

    Parasols-a lightweight umbrella used for sunshade (Ch 22)        

    Dandified-excessively concerned about appearance (Ch27)  

    Indignity-disgraceful condition or action (Ch24)               

    Emanations-feelings that are sent forth from a person (Ch 24)

    Forbade-to command a person not to do something (Ch 25)  

    Trundles-moves in a wheeled vehicle such as a cart or wagon (Ch26)

    skeptics-people who doubt something or do not believe in it (Ch24)

    Discretion-careful in behavior, in a way that is not showy (Ch 23)

    Fetid –stinky, bad smelling, stinking (Ch24)

    Dexterity-skill (Ch 24)

    Tethered-to fasten or confine (Ch27)

    Suffice-enough (Ch 26)

    Aeronautics-the science of flight (Ch 27)

    Odiferous-strong smelling (Ch 22)

    Exudes-radiates; obviously projects (Ch 20)

    Endeavor-to make an effort; to strive (Ch 20)

    Pungent-unpleasantly strong in smell (Ch 20)

    Grudgingly-unwillingly, reluctantly (Ch 20)

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  • The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Week 1

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 4/11/2016

    Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 4/11/16

     

     MONDAY NIGHT READING HOMEWORK POSTPONED until Tuesday!

     

    Reading: This week we are reading chapters 1-9 of The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick.  This is our last Chapter book of the year!

    Homework:  Read assigned chapters NIGHTLY. Let’s FINISH this year STRONG!  (Even if read aloud in class) Monday night- chapters 1-2, Tuesday night –Ch 3-6, Wednesday & Thursday night chapters 7-9.  It is important to read this book aloud with your child because it has vocabulary and dialect we do not use in today’s society. Discuss each chapter as you enjoy the book together. Comp. & Vocab Test Friday

    Vocabulary Words

    scalawag- (page 1) rascal

    perish-to die or be destroyed

    inflicted- (page 4) to cause suffering

    abide-(page 4)  put up with, endure, stand, tolerate

    magistrate- officer of the state or judge ch2

    prodigious- (page 8) an extraordinary amount, much of something, extremely large or great in size, amount, strength, extent, or the like;  enormous

    conscription-(page 10) enrollment of a person into the military

    superiors- higher in rank

    valise-traveling bag ch3

    spindle-(page 17) a long stick that is tapered at the ends

    oblige-(page 21, 44)  to be accommodating , to do something out of kindness, to do a favor for

    boughs-branches of trees ch5

    trussed-secured tightly ch 6

    amply-(page 27) greatly; a lot; fully; generous in size

    bounty-a reward, ch7

    ails-to be unwell, ch 8

    subtle-difficult to understand; mysterious, ch8

    fugitive-a run away, ch9

    elixir- a magical liquid medicine

     

    Science: Animal Structure and Function

    Students will learn about the characteristics of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

     

    Social Studies: MS History: New Challenges: Students will review the challenges MS faced in the new century. Chapter 7 Soc. studies test (Radiators only) Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events.

     

    Math: Measurement Units and Conversions

    Students will use and convert metric units of length, capacity, and weight. Time, line plots, area and perimeter will be discussed. HOMEWORK: Review customary and metrics study guide daily. Mon-Review sheet, Tues- Metrics review sheet, Thurs-Time and line plot review sheet

    Test Schedule: Wed- Customary math quiz, Thursday- Metrics math quiz

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  • Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Week 4

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 4/4/2016

    Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 4-4-16

    Dates to Remember:

     April 8- Spring Games (5-7 pm)

    April 11- MS Braves game

    April 22- Fourth grade Earth Day activities

    April 26-28 - Fourth grade Questar testing

     

    Reading: This week we are reading chapters 22- 30 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We are excited to complete our literature journey with Charlie & the Chocolate Factory this week! Next week, we will begin The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Monday night- chapters 22-25 pages 102-124, Tuesday night –Ch 26-27 pages 124-141, Wednesday & Thursday night chapters 28-30 pages 142-155. Comprehension and Vocabulary Test Friday

    Vocabulary Words- Please study nightly

    gallantly- brave, spirited, or noble-minded                     rubbish- trash

    intently- showing great determination or attention       staggered- to move unsteadily

    tantrum-an outburst of bad temper                                  violently- showing very strong force

    disturb- to interfere with                                                     hovering- to hang fluttering in the air

    hollow- having space inside                                            petrified- to frighten or scare

     

    Writing: We will be writing descriptive fiction and non-fiction writing pieces. We will be analyzing our writing and look for ways to improve our writing and make it more descriptive.

     

    Language: We will be using adjectives and adverbs to make our writing stand out!

    Science: Animal Structure and Function- Students will review the Plant Structure unit to prepare for evaluation. Students will also explore ways animals are similar and different. They will find out how insects compare to other animals.

     

    Social Studies: MS History: New Challenges: Students will learn about the challenges our state faced after the Civil War - World War I, The Great Depression, and World War II.

    Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events.

     

    Math: Measurement Units and Conversions

    Students will use and convert customary units of length, capacity, and weight.

    PLEASE PRACTICE MULTIPLICATION FACTS DAILY.

    HOMEWORK: Mon- wb P 14-1, Tues-wb P 14-2 and P14-3, Thurs – Math wb P 14-4

     

    Quizzes and Tests: 

    Tuesday- Chapter 13 Math test

    Wednesday- Science Plant Structure test (All)

                         MS History Test (Smith’s Homeroom only)

    Friday-Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension Tests

      

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  • Charlie Week 3 Part 2

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 3/29/2016

    Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 3/29/16 

    Notes: We hope your Easter Break was wonderful! Let’s stay focused! We have a lot to learn this last nine weeks!

    Dates to Remember:

    April 11: Braves Game Field Trip

     

    Reading: This week we are reading chapters 19 through 21 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We will be finishing up this literature unit next week!

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Tuesday night- chapter 19 pages 87-91, Wednesday night –chapter 20 pages 91-94, & Thursday night chapter 21 pages 94-102. Comprehension and Vocabulary Test Friday

    Vocabulary Words-

    Abide p. 63- Endure                                                               

    intense-p.84-having very strong feelings

    Astonish-p.83- to strike with sudden wonder or surprise            

    rumble-p.92-a low, heavy rolling sound 

    Mist-p. 81- particles of water floating in the air as fine rain          

    shriek-p. 108- to utter a sharp shrill cry

    Furious-p.85- very angry                                                           

    journey-p. 81- traveling from one place to another         

    Yacht-p. 81- pleasure ship used for cruising or racing                 

    basin-p.92-a wide shallow round dish or bowl that holds liquid

    Mass- p. 81-a large quantity or number                                                                               

    Writing: We will be revising and editing our personal narratives. We will be using different techniques to enhance our writing by using more descriptive words and analyzing the characters of our stories.

     

    Science: Plant Structure and Function

    Students will learn about the life cycle of a flowering plant from its beginning as a seed through maturity.

     

    Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place  

    New Challenges: Students will learn about the challenges our state faced after the Civil War - World War I, The Great Depression, and World War II.

    Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events.

     

    Math: Extending Fraction Concepts

    Students will compare, order, and use money to understand decimals.

    Tuesday- Math workbook P 13-8

    Thursday- Math worksheet pgs. 358-359

     

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  • Charlie Wk 3 Part 1

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 3/21/2016

    Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 3/21/16

    Important Dates:

    Jag Store- Wednesday

    March 25th- No School Good Friday

    March 28th- No School Easter Monday

    Reading: This week we are reading chapters 15-18 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Monday night- Ch 15-16, Tuesday night -Ch 17, Wednesday night- Ch 18

    Due Wednesday: Create your own candy concoction for a special class project. Recipe and prototype due WEDNESDAY. Bring samples to share if you can!

    Vocabulary (No Spelling until further notice)

    Abide p. 63- Endure

    Intense p.84-having very strong feelings

    Astonish p.83- to strike with sudden wonder or surprise

    Rumble p.92-a low, heavy rolling sound

    Mist p. 81- particles of water floating in the air as fine rain

    Shriek p. 108- to utter a sharp shrill cry

    Furious p.85- very angry

    Journey p. 81- traveling from one place to another

    Yacht p. 81- pleasure ship used for cruising or racing

    Basin p.92-a wide shallow round dish or bowl that holds liquid

    Mass p. 81-a large quantity or number

    Science: Plant Structure and Function

    Students will learn how pollination and fertilization occur in flowering plants and how seeds and fruits form as a result.

    Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place New Challenges

    Students will learn about the challenges our state faced after the Civil War. Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events.

    Math: Extending Fraction Concepts Students will locate fractions and decimals on a number line, understand how to make equivalent fractions to write fractions as decimals, and read/write decimals to hundredths.

    HOMEWORK: Monday- CC Standards Practice Wkbk pgs. CC38, CC39, and CC43 Tuesday- Math workbook P 13-6 Thursday – Math workbook R 13-7 and P 13-7 CC 39 is optional. (“See me” point given if correct) Students know what this means.

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  • Charlie Week 2

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 3/14/2016

    Smith’s Monday Memos

    3-14-16

    Reading: This week we are reading chapters 8-14 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

     

    Reading Homework: Read assigned chapters & discuss using question card prompts on the bookmark (even if read aloud in class)

    Monday -ch 8-10

    Tuesday –Ch 11-12

    Wednesday- 13-14

    Thursday - Review and discuss chapters 8-14 for Friday’s test

     

    Vocabulary Only – 4th graders will not have spelling tests 4th 9 weeks. We will practice spelling in the context of our writing. Vocabulary test Friday.

     

    ferociously p. 31-fierce                                      

    pandemonium p. 53- wild uproar

    criticize p. 31- to find fault with                        

    peculiar p 45-strange/different                  

    despicable p. 32- deserving to be despised             

    procession p. 50- continuous forward movement

    stilettos p. 34- a slender pointed dagger         

    clustered p. 44- grouped closely together

    precious p. 44- very valuable                      

     envious p. 45- feeling jealous, showing envy

    sensation p 45 an indefinite bodily feeling

    corridor p. 60-a passage or hallway into which rooms open

     

    Social Studies: MS History New Challenges: Students will learn about the challenges our state faced after the Civil War. Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events. As always, Scholastic News is due on Friday.

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  • Charlie Week 1

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 2/29/2016

    Smith/Rouser NEWS 2/29/16

    Dates to Remember:

    March 1- Deadline for yearbook orders

    March 2- Read Across America Day (Dress up as your favorite book character!)

    March 2- Bank Day

    March 3- Class Photos

    March 7-11 Spring Break

     

    HOMEWORK:

    Monday- Math worksheet 322-323, Read pgs 1-7 of Charlie & use discussion cards

    Tuesday- Math worksheet – fractions, Read pgs 8-18 & use discussion cards

    Wednesday: Read pgs 19-26 & use discussion cards

    Thursday – Math worksheet – multiplication & division, Review pages 1-26 of Charlie

     

     Quizzes and Tests: 

     

    Tuesday- Chapter 12 math test

    Wednesday- Science Oceans test

    Thursday- (Superkids only) Civil War Test, Spelling Test (All)

    Friday- Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary Test Charlie Week 1

     

     

    Reading: We are beginning our new book; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We are so excited to begin this fun story! Please use discussion cards as reading nightly to increase comprehension.

     

    Writing: We have many ongoing projects in class. Please be diligent in checking your child’s work. We must have high expectations for writing and NOT accept errors. Allowing errors reinforces bad habits that are hard to break.

     

    Science: Exploring the Ocean Students will review the four Ocean lessons prior to the evaluation. Students will learn about aquatic animals by researching online and in books.

     

     

    Social Studies:  Civil War Students will learn about the Civil War and Reconstruction by engaging in various activities outside the text. Current events in the Scholastic News magazine will be read and discussed. 

     

    Math: Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers with Like Denominators

    Students will review fractions prior to Tuesday’s evaluation. Students will practice multiplication, division and word problems the remainder of the week.

     

     

     

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Vocabulary Test March 4th

    1. Draft-a current of air (p. 5)
    2. Absurd-completely unreasonable or untrue (p. 10)
    3. Ridiculous-extremely silly or unreasonable (p. 27)
    4. Greedily-trying to grab more than one needs or more that one’s share (p. 6)
    5. Furnace-an enclosed structure in which heat is produced (p. 16)
    6. Revolting-disgusting, highly offensive(p.27)
    7. Nibble-a very small  amount (p. 6)
    8. Colossal-very large (p. 12)
    9. Inventor-someone who creates products for the first time(p.9)
    10. Glisten-to shine with a soft reflected light (p. 21)

    11 Possession-the condition of having or owning something(p.31)

    1. Stammer-to speak with involuntary stops and much repeating (p. 18)

    13 Murmur-a low sound made when many people are speaking(p.26)

    14 Hooligan-a noisy, violent person who makes trouble (p. 22, 27)

    1. Scrumptious- very appetizing or delicious (p. 26)
    2. Repulsive-disgusting, causing strong distaste (p. 23)

    17 Anxious-afraid or nervous especially about what may happen(p.27)   Latin Roots-Luna-moon   Arbor-tree

     

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  • My Side of the Mountain Final Week

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 2/22/2016

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    My Side of the Mountain Vocabulary & Spelling   

    1. hover -(pg. 150) to float in the air
    2. astonished- (pg. 150) surprised
    3. citizen - (pg. 150) a person who legally belongs to a country
    4. damp- (pg. 151) slightly wet
    5. amateur- (pg. 152) a person who does something (such as a sport or hobby) for pleasure and not as a job
    6. sociable- (pg. 152) liking to be with and talk to other people
    7. dwelling -(pg. 156) a place where a person lives
    8. obtainable- (pg. 157) able to get
    9. concede-(pg. 159) to admit that you have been defeated and stop trying to win
    10. forum- (pg. 159) a meeting at which a subject can be discussed
    11. plunge- (pg 161) to fall or jump suddenly from a high place
    12. festivities- (pg. 162) enjoyable activities at the time of a holiday or other special occasion
    13. drowsy (pg. 163) tired and ready to fall asleep
    14. portable (pg. 163) easy to carry or move around
    15. brief- (pg. 165) lasting only a short amount of time
    16. dependent- (pg. 165) needing someone or something else for support, help, etc.
    17. accomplish- (pg. 166) to succeed in doing something
    18. permanent – (pg. 175) lasting for a very long time or forever : not temporary or changing
    19. decent- (pg. 176) good enough but not the best : adequate or acceptable

    20.neglect- (pg. 176) to fail to take care of or to give attention to (someone or something)

    New Roots:     circum-around                 tri-three


     

    Smith/Rouser Monday Memos 2/22/16

     

    What we are doing this week:

    Reading/Language Arts: Inferencing, Main Idea/details, & Synonyms/antonyms

     

    Writing: Writing a new ending to My Side of the Mountain, learning to paraphrase material from various research sources.

     

    Science: Exploring the Ocean

    Students will learn about various forms of ocean life that live along the shore and in the light and dark zones. Students will also learn how coral reefs and other organisms are endangered by humans.

     

    Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place   

    Students will learn about the Civil War and Reconstruction.

    Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events.

     

    Math: Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers with Like Denominators, Students will add and subtract mixed numbers, decompose and compose fractions, and draw pictures along with writing equations.

     

    Smith/Rouser HOMEWORK:

    Spelling/Vocabulary Homework: Make a game or way to study spelling & vocabulary using your best learning style. Practice each night this week! Be ready to share how you studied each night with the class!

     

    Monday- Scholastic News magazine, Math workbook P 12-8, Read pages 150-160 of My Side of the Mountain & discuss, & ask questions using bookmark as a guide

    Tuesday- Math workbook P 12-9, Read pages 160-171 of My Side of the Mountain, discuss & ask questions using bookmark as a guide

    Wednesday: Read and discuss pages 171-177 of My Side of the Mountain

    Thursday – Math workbook P 12-10, Review & discuss My Side of the Mountain to prepare for the test.

     

    Quizzes and Tests: 

    Wednesday- Math chapter 12 test (Lessons 1-5)

    Thursday- Social Studies chapter 6 test (Radiators)

             Spelling Test, Synonyms/Antonyms test

    Friday- My Side of the Mountain Final Comprehension Test, Vocabulary Test

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  • My Side of the Mountain Week 4

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 2/12/2016

     

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    Smith's Monday Memos

     

    What we are doing this week: We are taking the district CASE 21 test this week. We will have our end of the unit My Side of the Mountain Spelling and Vocabulary test next week. Use this opportunity to get ahead!

     

    What we are doing this week: We are taking the district CASE 21 test this week. Please be on time for school. We will have our end of the unit My Side of the Mountain Spelling and Vocabulary test next week. Use this opportunity to get ahead!

    My Side of the Mountain Vocabulary & Spelling    Week 4 Test NEXT Friday 2/26

    1. hover -(pg. 150) to float in the air
    2. astonished- (pg. 150) surprised
    3. citizen - (pg. 150) a person who legally belongs to a country
    4. damp- (pg. 151) slightly wet
    5. amateur- (pg. 152) a person who does something (such as a sport or hobby) for pleasure and not as a job
    6. sociable- (pg. 152) liking to be with and talk to other people
    7. dwelling -(pg. 156) a place where a person lives
    8. obtainable- (pg. 157) able to get
    9. concede-(pg. 159) to admit that you have been defeated and stop trying to win
    10. forum- (pg. 159) a meeting at which a subject can be discussed
    11. plunge- (pg 161) to fall or jump suddenly from a high place
    12. festivities- (pg. 162) enjoyable activities at the time of a holiday or other special occasion
    13. drowsy (pg. 163) tired and ready to fall asleep
    14. portable (pg. 163) easy to carry or move around
    15. brief- (pg. 165) lasting only a short amount of time
    16. dependent- (pg. 165) needing someone or something else for support, help, etc.
    17. accomplish- (pg. 166) to succeed in doing something
    18. permanent – (pg. 175) lasting for a very long time or forever : not temporary or changing
    19. decent- (pg. 176) good enough but not the best : adequate or acceptable

    20.neglect- (pg. 176) to fail to take care of or to give attention to (someone or something)

    New Roots:     circum-around                 tri-three

     

    Social Studies: MS History: Adventures in Time and Place   

    Students will learn about the Civil War and Reconstruction.

    Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events.

     

     

    Smith HOMEWORK:

    Every night:  Spelling/Vocabulary Homework: Make a game or way to study spelling & vocabulary using your best learning style. Practice each night this week! Be ready to share how you studied each night with the class!

    Tuesday- Read and discuss pages 101-117 of My Side of the Mountain

    Wednesday: Read and discuss pages 117- 133 of My Side of the Mountain

    Thursday –  Read and discuss pages 133-148 of My Side of the Mountain

     Friday- My Side of the Mountain Comprehension Test on pages 101-148

     

     

     

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  • My Side of the Mountain Week 3

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 2/8/2016

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    Smith/Rousers Newsletter 2-8-16

     

    Valentine’s Day is a time to tell people you love and care for them. We love your children and thank you for being such supportive parents this year.

     

    We are pleased to have Ms. Holly Mooney as our student teacher this semester. She is a wonderful asset to our classroom and an extra helpful hand to work with our students. Please see Holly’s attached letter.

    Dates to Remember:

    Feb. 10- Jag Store for 4th grade

    Feb. 12- Valentine’s Day Party 1:00-2:00 p.m.

    Feb. 15- Professional Development Day- No School

    March 2- Read Across America Day  (Dress as your favorite book character.)

    March 9-13 Spring Break

     

    What we are learning this week:

     

    Reading: We are enjoying My Side of the Mountain. Test on pages 102-149 this Friday. Skills: Main Idea and inferencing Homework: Read the following pages each night and ask/answer comprehension questions about them: Mon- p. 101-115, Tues- 116-131, Wed/Thurs- 131-148

    Writing: We are working on our autobiographies, research, & short stories during writing workshop. We are revising, editing, & publishing our stories.

     

    Math: Equivalence and Ordering/Adding and Subtracting Fractions

    Students will add and subtract fractions with like denominators by modeling and using a number line. They will identify and write improper fractions as mixed numbers and mixed numbers as improper fractions.

    HOMEWORK: Mon- wb P 12-2, Tues- wb P 12-4, Thurs- wb P 12-6

     

    Science: Exploring the Ocean

    Students are introduced to famous oceanographers and the methods and technology they have used to explore the ocean.

     

    Social Studies:  MS History: Students will learn about the Civil War and Reconstruction. Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events.

    My Side of the Mountain Vocabulary & Spelling

    Week 3 pgs. 101-149

     

     

    barometer (pg. 133)- an instrument that is used to measure air pressure and predict changes in the weather

     

    Plumage-the entire clothing of feathers on a bird

     

    conspicuous (pg. 111)- very easy to see or notice

     

    cache (pg. 118)- a group of things that have been hidden in a secret place

     

    ingenious (pg 120)- very smart or clever

     

    abandoned (pg. 121)- left by the owner

     

    treacherous (pg. 138)- very dangerous and difficult to deal with

     

    resilient (pg. 140)- able to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens

     

    ventilate- to expose to a current of fresh air

     

    cavort- to leap or dance about in a lively manner

     

    portico- columns supporting the entrance of a building

     

    avalanche- large mass of snow & ice or rock & earth sliding down a mountain

     

    concede- to admit the truth or existence of something

     

    sensationalism- arousing a strong shallow interest or emotional reaction

     

    forum- a means of open discussion or expression of ideas.

    Ferocious-fierce, savage, very great

     

    Devoured- to eat up greedily or hungrily

     

    fatigue (pg. 132)- the state of being very tired

     

    Latin Roots: ego-self      flesh-meat

     

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