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Each week the fourth grade students will recieve a new set of vocabulary words that need to be studied for the Reading Test given after the story has been completed.

Grade 4, Theme 1, The Gardener

Vocabulary Words


 

anxious

nervous; excited

retire

to stop working after reaching a certain age

vacant

empty; unused

sprucing

decorating or making neat

adore

to love very much

recognizing

knowing who someone is or what something is


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 1, Donavan's Word Jar

Vocabulary Words


 

leisure

time free from work

disappointment

the feeling that comes when one's hopes are not met

perseverance

the habit of continuing something in spite of troubles

uneasy

worried

compromise

to reach an agreement after each side gives up part of its demands

chortle

to laugh or chuckle loudly


 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 1, My Name Is María Isabel

Vocabulary Words


 

pageant

a show based on stories or events from previous times

restless

unable to be still

tropical

found in the warm, wet regions of the Earth, near the equator

rehearsals

practices for a play or other performance

attentively

in a way that shows complete concentration

troublesome

trouble-causing; disturbing


 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 1, Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man

Vocabulary Words


 

courageous

brave

immigrants

people who go to a country to live in it

appreciation

showing that one recognizes the value of a person or thing

tremendous

very large or great

modest

humble; not boastful

sportsmanship

playing fair and showing respect for opponents

valuable

important; worth much

salary

money paid at regular times to a worker


 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 1, Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride

Vocabulary Words


 

outspoken

bold or honest in speech

practical

useful or sensible

brisk

cool and stimulating, as weather can be

elegant

tasteful, stylish, and beautiful

elevations

heights above the ground or sea level

marveled

became filled with awe or wonder

miniatures

small-scale models of larger things

starstruck

full of stars


 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 2, The Baker's Neighbor

Vocabulary Words


 

privilege

a special benefit enjoyed under special conditions

luxury

anything of value that gives comfort but is not necessary for life

elated

filled with joy or pride

assent

to agree or approve

ad lib

to make up lines or music on the spot

shiftless

not motivated, lazy

indignantly

being angry about something that does not seem right

shamefacedly

a way that shows shame for having done something bad


 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 2, The Emperor and the Kite

Vocabulary Words


 

plotting

planning in secret to do something, often something evil

loyal

constant and faithful to people or ideals

neglected

failed to care for or attend to

insignificant

lacking in importance, meaning, size, or worth

encircling

forming a circle around; surrounding

unyielding

constant and never ending; not giving way

steely

like steel, as in strength, hardness, or coldness

twined

twisted around


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 2, Nights of the Pufflings

Vocabulary Words


 

uninhabited

having no people living there

burrows

holes in the ground made by animals

venture

go out into a dangerous place

stranded

left behind or in a helpless situation

nestles

moves snugly next to

instinctively

without thinking; in a way that is natural


 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 2, The Garden of Happiness

Vocabulary Words


 

lavender

a light purple color

haze

mist; fog

inhaled

breathed in

mural

a large painting on a wall

skidded

slid or slipped across


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 2, How to Babysit an Orangutan

Vocabulary Words


 

displeasure

the feeling of being displeased; dissatisfaction

jealous

full of envy

endangered

in danger of dying out

smuggled

taken out of a place illegally

facial

having to do with the face

coordination

the ability to make the parts of the body work together smoothly


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 3, Sarah, Plain and Tall

Vocabulary Words


 

windbreak

row of trees used to block the wind

rustle

soft sound made by things rubbing together

alarmed

frightened or worried

paddock

fenced-in piece of land usually used for grazing horses

conch

large spiral shell


 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 3, Stealing Home

Vocabulary Words


 

pastimes

pleasant ways of passing times

tutor

to teach privately

disposition

one's usual way of acting; temperament

glumly

in a gloomy way

irritably

grumpily; crossly

bicker

to disagree in a quarrelsome way

impose

to put an unwanted burden on

grudge

ill will toward someone


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 3, The Cricket in Times Square

Vocabulary Words


 

wistfully

longingly; sadly remembering something nice

scrounging

looking for scraps of food or abandoned materials

acquaintance

knowing someone or something

excitable

very emotional; easily excited

eavesdropping

listening secretly to a conversation

sympathetically

in a way that shows concern for someone's feelings

logical

reasonable; to be expected


 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 3, Two Lands, One Heart

Vocabulary Words


 

equivalent

equal in some way

interpreter

a person who translates

irrigation

furnishing water to land where crops are

occasionally

sometimes; once in a while

appetizing

appearing to be good to eat

overwhelm

to overpower (with feelings)

hysterically

with uncontrolled emotions


 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 3, Look to the North: A Wolf Puppy Diary

Vocabulary Words


 

ceases

stops

tundra

area in the artic regions where there are no trees and where the ground is frozen all year

abundant

in large amounts or numbers; more than enough

bonding

establishing closer ties or friendships

piteously

sorrowfully; in a way that makes others feel sorry for someone

surrender

the act of giving up


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 4, The Kids' Invention Book

Vocabulary Words


 

device

something built for a purpose

prosthetic

replacing a missing body part

disabilities

conditions that make doing some things more difficult

document

paper with important information

circular

shaped like a circle

modify

to change

scholarship

the qualities of a student


 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 4, The Case of Pablo's Nose

Vocabulary Words


 

sculptor

artist who creates sculptures (three-dimensional works of art)

straightaway

right away

alibi

excuse that proves a person couldn't have committed a crime

retorted

answered sharply

muttered

said quietly and often angrily, with lips partly closed

strengthening

having the ability to make someone or something stronger


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 4, In the Days of King Adobe

Vocabulary Words


 

thrifty

careful in spending

generous

large; plentiful

rascally

naughty; dishonest

roguish

treacherous; dishonest

fascinated

amazed and intrigued


 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 4, Red Writing Hood

Vocabulary Words


 

script

the written text of a play

desperately

in a way that is full of anxiety and worry

acceptable

capable of meeting approval or being accepted

injustice

unfairness

circumstances

the events that affect or surround a situation

repentant

regretful or sorry for one's actions

discards

gets rid of something

triumphantly

in a way that is joyful because of a victory


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 4, One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale

Vocabulary Words


 

trickle

a thin stream

plentiful

in great quantity

implored

begged

famine

widespread lack of food, causing many to starve

decreed

ordered formally; commanded


 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 5, Fire!

Vocabulary Words


 

dedication

the will to keep working hard on a task

billowing

rising in big waves

brigade

a group of people organized to do something

ventilate

to create a vent, or an opening, for letting air in and out

flammable

easily set on fire

curfew

law or rule that says something cannot happen after a certain time


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 5, A Very Important Day

Vocabulary Words


 

apologized

said he or she was sorry

enrich

make better by adding something

obligated

cooperated; did a favor

petitioners

people officially requesting something

examiner

person who asks people questions to test their knowledge

certificate

document that states that something is fact

resounded

echoed; filled a place with sound


 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 5, Saguaro Cactus

Vocabulary Words


 

spiny

having thorns

decomposes

decays; rots

topple

fall over or be pushed over

brush

small trees and shrubs

habitat

natural home of a plant or animal

teeming

full; almost overflowing

perch

to sit or settle on a spot

nectar

a sweet liquid found in flowers


 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 5, Blue Willow

Vocabulary Words


 

undoubtedly

without a doubt

loathe

to dislike immensely

certainty

the feeling of belief that something is for sure

protruded

stuck out; pushed out

indifferent

not caring; unconcerned

sulkily

in a way that shows unhappiness

heartliy

with enthusiasm


 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 5, In My Family

Vocabulary Words


 

culture

the customs, beliefs, and arts of a group of people

chile

the fruit of a pepper plant, which is often used to make hot seasonings

mesquite

a shrub or small tree found in the southwestern United States; its wood is used to make charcoal

barbecue

a special kind of grill or pit used for cooking

accordion

a musical instrument with keys and hand-operated bellows

confetti

tiny pieces of paper, often thrown during celebrations


 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 6, The Gold Rush

Vocabulary Words


 

abandoned

deserted or left behind

profitable

bringing advantage or monetary gain

beckons

attracts or lures by tempting with something desirable

fares

money paid for rides in a ship, bus, train, or airplane

rugged

having a rough, uneven, or broken surface

multicultural

showing the varied customs, religions, or beliefs of different people


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 6, I Have Heard of a Land

Vocabulary Words


 

pioneer

one of the first people to settle in a region

harmony

an orderly and pleasing arrangement of sounds

possibilities

things that are possible or that may occur

fertile

able to support much plant growth

arbor

a shelter of branches or vines


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 6, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

Vocabulary Words


 

fateful

bringing disaster

tragedy

a sad or terrible event

gadgets

small machines or other mechanical tools

bellowing

loud, deep roaring

softhearted

gentle and kind

ration

the daily allowance of food for a person or animal


 

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 4, Theme 6, Fly Traps! Plants That Bite Back

Vocabulary Words


 

boggiest

very watery and spongy, like the ground in a bog or swamp

dissolve

change from solid to liquid or to cause this to happen

chemicals

substances with certain properties

carnivorous

meat-eating

accidentally

by mistake; without meaning to

fertilizer

a substance put on or in the soil or water to feed plants

victim

a person or animal that is mistreated or attacked by someone or something else