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.
This Week's Word In The News 

PAROCHIAL

DEFINITION:
Of, relating to, or financially supported by one or more church parishes. Of or relating to parochial schools.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
He’s also learned what to do in the event that an armed intruder shows up at the North Center parochial school, which recently spent nearly $90,000 on a security system designed to quickly notify police if an active shooter is on church or school premises.
The Chicago Tribune, 09/17/2018

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5 Middle School 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. Camouflage

A treeless area between the icecap and the tree line of Arctic regions, having a permanently frozen subsoil and supporting low-growing vegetation

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

Not subject to an obligation imposed on others; exempt.


2. Solstice

Either of two times of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.

Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.


3. Tsunami

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

A very large and destructive wave, generally caused by a tremendous disturbance in the ocean, such as an undersea earthquake or volcanic eruption.

The arrangement of events in time


4. Deduction

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.


5. Rainforest

The practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold or possess; falseness.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive


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