Posts Tagged ‘building vocabulary’

Word of the Day Challenge #2 for Week of 12 May: fire idioms

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Select TWO of the expressions below and use each in one or two sentences related to your AFC issue or your learning habits during the research process. Your sentences should make clear the meaning of the expression within the context of your AFC issue or your research skills. 

too many irons in the fire: having too many things to do at once
to add fuel to the fire: to make worse
out of the frying pan into the fire: to get out of one situation only to find yourself in a worse one

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Word of the Day Challenge #1 for Week of 12 May: impact

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

impact  noun


• the striking of one thing against another

• the effect that something has on a person or thing


1. Give an example of something or someone who has had an impact on your life. Explain how your life has been impacted. 

2. Study the image above. 

2.1. What do you see in the painting?

2.2. What do you think the painting is about? Why do you think so?

2.3. Explain the impact of an issue as can be seen in the painting. Use the word “impact” in your answer.

2.4. How does the painting make you feel?




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Word of the Day Challenge #3 for Week of 5 May: prefixes im- and un-

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014


The prefix im- can mean into or not (the opposite of the meaning of the base word).


A. Knowledge: Sort the words according to the meaning of the prefix. 

e.g. imperfect: the prefix means “not” so the meaning of the word is the opposite of perfect – not perfect. Therefore, imperfect will go in the NOT column of the table. 



 into not

B. Application: Use one word from each list in a sentence of your own. 

C. What is the difference in meaning between ” an imbalance” and “unbalanced”?

The word unimaginable has a prefix and a suffix attached to the base word imagine.

The prefix un- means not.
The suffix -able means able to, having the power or ability to.
Unimaginable means impossible to comprehend, beyond understanding (notice that the base word imagine has not been used in the definition; synonyms are used).

D. Understanding: Write definitions for the following words without using the base words in your definitions. 


E. Application: Select ONE of the words from (D) and write an AFC issue opinion sentence for it. Ensure the meaning is clear by providing a context. 

Word of the Day Challenge #2 for Week of 5 May: prefix en-

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

The prefix en- means in, into, or within.



a. What is a prefix?

b. Knowledge: Match these words with the prefix en- to their meanings:

1. entomb                        to make possible
2. enclose                        to bury
3. enforce                       to put inside

4. enable                          to make bigger
enlarge                         to cause an action to take place 

c. Application: Use two en- words from the list above in clear, meaningful sentences.

d. Application: Study the picture above. Which en- word applies to the image? How could you tell?

e. Knowledge: List two new words that start with the prefix en-. State the meanings of the 2 words. 

f. Make an inference: Study the image below. What inference do you draw from this image? 


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Word of the Day Challenge #1for Week of 5 May: to thrive

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

zinniasThe zinnias bloomed quickly this year because they thrive in sunshine.

thrive verb

-to grow or develop; to gain wealth or value; to advance towards a goal due to circumstances


1.1.  State two synonyms for the VERB thrive. Use

1.2. Take a screenshot of the graphic for  “thrive” from and post it in your WODC googledoc.

2. Use one of the synonyms (verb form) in a sentence within the context of your AFC issue.

3. Change one of the verb synonyms from the word web on into a NOUN. Use the noun form in a sentence within a Scientific context (ecology/e-column). 

4. Now explain your understanding of the word, “thrive”. Use your own words. YOU MAY NOT USE A DICTIONARY. YOU MAY NOT COPY FROM A DICTIONARY – this is plagiarism and will result in a zero grade. 

   Sentence starter: The word “thrive” means __________________, for example _____________________. 


Word of the Day Challenge #3 for Week of 21 April: denotation vs connotation

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Law has different meanings depending on who uses it and how it is used.

The denotation of a word is the literal meaning. The denotation of law is the system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties

The connotation of a word is an idea or feeling the word gives. Connotations can be positive, neutral, or negative.

1. Luckily the law arrived and the gang took off.
2. The bully said, “My word is law around here.”
3. The laws are made to keep the peace.


A. Identify the connotation of the word law in each blue sentence as positive, neutral, or negative. Explain your choice (refer to other words as context clues). 

B. Explain the denotation of the word law in the context of each sentence.


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Word of the Day Challenge #2 for Week of 21 April: dedication

Monday, April 21st, 2014

dedicate  verb

1. to give a lot of time and energy to something (verb)

2. the inscription written in a book (dedication = noun)

3. the opening ceremony of a new bridge, hospital, building, etc.


1.Which meaning of dedicate is used in the paragraph below?

Sir James Matthew Barrie, or J.M. Barrie, was both a novelist and playwright. He is most famous for writing the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Barrie donated the rights of the play and the book to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1852. The hospital is dedicated to children’s healthcare.

2. Use the other 2 meanings of dedicate in sentences of your own.

3.1. What part of speech are English words that end in the suffix -tion, such as dedication?

3.2. List 3 other English words that end in -tion that could appear or be used in your AFC project (there is one in this post already). 

3.3. Choose TWO -tion words from your list and write clear, meaningful sentences for each in the context of your AFC issue.

3.4. How dedicated are you to your AFC cause, i.e. what action are you prepared to take to solve the specific problem as expressed in your research question?

4. Making inferences. Explain how the image below illustrates the expression “to dedicate oneself to something or someone.”

Ecology Vocabulary for the Quiz

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Dear Students

Here is the link to the quizlet with many of the academic and technical words you need to understand and use during the Ecology unit this quarter









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Word of the Day Challenge #3 for Week of 31 March: to conserve

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

In 1980, the Channel Islands, off the coast of southern California, became a national park.
The national parks are dedicated to the conservation of native plants and animals.

conserve (kuhn-surv): to save something from loss, decay, or waste; to preserve

conservation (kon-sur-vay-shuhn): the protection of valuable things, especially natural resources







1.1. Grammatically, what is the difference between the 2 words: conserve and conservation

1.2. Use to record 2 antonyms for “conserve” in the context of renewable energy.

1.3. Write a sentence about renewable energy using one of the antonyms of conserve.

2. What conservation efforts are on-going in your home country (refer to specific conservation organizations and your source)? DO NOT COPY AND PASTE FROM A WEBSITE!

e.g. In Namibia, cheetahs are losing their natural habitat to encroaching farmland. The Cheetah Conservation Fund aims to educate local farmers on the benefits of conserving cheetahs through their “predator friendly” farming practices programme.

Source: “What We Do – Education.” Cheetah Conservation Fund. CCF, 2014. Web. 26 Mar. 2014.

3. How does the meaning of conservation differ when used in a scientific context such as the Law of Conservation of Energy (LCE) of the Law of Conservation of Mass?

4. 1. In your opinion, do you think zoos are a viable means of conservation of endangered species of animals?


4.2. What needs to be conserved in the Philippines, in your opinion?

     NOTE: these are analysis questions, which means your response has to be an expository paragraph that has the PEEL structure and is approximately 100 words in length. 


4.3. How do  you or your family contribute to conservation efforts? Use the word conserve or conservation in your answer. Refer to efforts you made last week during Low Impact Week. 

NOTE: this is a synthesis question, which means your response has to be an expository paragraph that has the PEEL structure and is approximately 100 words in length (approximately 8 sentences). 


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Word of the Day Challenge #2 for Week of 24 March: consistent

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

What is your mental image of the tooth fairy? Unlike Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, the image of the tooth fairy is not consistent. To some, she looks like Peter Pan’s fairy, Tinkerbell. Others think of her as a child with wings, a pixie, a dragon, or a flying ballerina.


consistent [kunh-siss-tuhnt] (often followed by the preposition ‘with’)

  •      having the same behavior, or support the same ideas or principles




1. What is the antonym for consistent?

2. What part of speech is consistent in the blue sentence above?

3. State another part of speech form of consistent and use it in a sentence.

4. Look at the image above. Describe what you see. You must use the word consistent or its antonym in your description. 

Word bank: baking tray, chocolate chips, cookie dough, baking process, oven

4. Describe a consistent behavior of a friend, a family member, or a government (think of an AFC issue) in a descriptive paragraph (5 sentences). 


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