Yak’s Corner
A print and online children’s news magazine published on 30 Thursdays from September through May for Michigan kids ages 6-13. Each eight-page issue is filled with educational and entertaining stories about places, people and events in Michigan and around the world. The Yak’s Corner online page also includes “Yaktivities” for each issue, a Yak Art Gallery, student writing and more.
Download the current issue.
Download this week's Yaktivies.
Visit the Yak's Corner page.

e-Edition Subscribers Sign in Here:

Lesson Navigation:

Cartoons | Front Page | Geography | Green Room | History | Lessons | Pulse | Quiz | Space Place | Video | Vocab

Words in the News

Common Core State Standard
LS.CCS.4/5/6 Grades 3-12: Students are asked to determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words through multiple choice vocabulary quizzes. Quizzes are designed to help students demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in words, acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words, and gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to it's overall meaning or function in a sentence.
Generate your own quiz
Select a grade level
 Elementary
 Middle School
 High School
Select a quiz type
 By words
 By Definitions
Select how many questions
5   10   15   20  

Words in the News Quiz
5 Elementary Words

Click on the correct answer in the quiz below.
Then see if you can find the word in your newspaper -- the print edition, the website or the digital edition and copy the sentence for context. NOTE: High School words are much harder to find!


1. Dark or dreary in character; joyless, and grim.

evidence

somber

versatile

gusto


2. To follow a winding course

unsightly

kindle

meander

relationship


3. One of the simplest or essential parts or principles of which anything consists, or upon which the constitution or fundamental powers of anything are based.

abolish

eavesdrop

conclude

element


4. The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.

hasten

influence

emerge

frequency


5. A relationship of resemblance or equivalence between two situations, people, or objects,

narrate

analogy

muster

swarm


Get more Quizzes 

 Elementary School    Middle School   High School  

 By Word     By Definition    5  10  15  20 Questions

This Week's Word In The News 

INDIVIDUALIZED

DEFINITION:
To modify to suit the wishes or needs of a particular individual

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
That individualized attention is a far cry from the approach the company has taken with past products, even with the Apple Store's focus on customer service.
The San Jose Mercury News, 04/13/2015