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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 


Overgrown or filled with mold; mildewed; musty; fusty; decaying; stale.

He did not specify the problems he saw, but other school officials said moldy classrooms, dirty walls and poorly functioning doors and windows were key concerns on the campus.
The Palm Beach Post, 06/24/2019

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. barricade

A barrier constructed across a road, especially as a military defense.

Deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements

Natural ability to acquire knowledge or skill.

To make something by merging parts.

2. materialize

To cause to take physical form, or to cause an object to appear.

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.

The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

The throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it

3. diminish

The throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it

A small hill or mound.

To make smaller.

Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

4. counter

To recover, especially from an illness; to get better from an illness.

Enthusiasm; enjoyment, vigor

Anticipating something with anxiety or fear.

A long flat-topped fixture in a store or bank across which business is conducted with customers.

5. ember

A glowing piece of coal or wood.

To build or form something by assembling parts.

Brief, concise, to the point.

The ability to foresee or prepare wisely for the future.

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