Vocabulary words and definitions can be found here in alphabetical order. Tests are Friday’s and are always recorded in the student planner.

Student definitions are found in their vocabulary notebooks and are the best definitions to study.  I encourage you to practice these words at home with your student!

absolute location: the address of a location

adjective- a word that describes a noun with more detail

adverb- a word that describes a verb and often ends in -ly

angle- formed when two lines meet at a shared point, measured in degrees

area- the amount of space inside a shape

area model- an empty rectangle with labeled side lengths left

array- a picture that shows groups in rows and columns

attract- a force that pulls objects together (i.e., magnets)

author- the person who wrote a book or paper

canal- a human-made river

capacity- the amount that a container can hold

caption- words that go beside a picture to describe what is in the picture

central message- the lesson in a story

character trait- what a character is like on the inside; their personality

character- someone in a book, story, or movie

climate- weather in an area over a long time

cloud- a big collection of tiny droplets of water or ice crystals

compare- to look at what is the same or different about 2 things

compass rose- a feature on a map that shows directions

conclusion- the end to a writing

culture- the customs of a group nation or group of people

decompose- to break something down into smaller parts

democracy- a type of government where the people hold the power

describe- to tell me more details about something

details- additional information about the main idea

difference- the answer to a subtraction problem

digital clock- a clock that uses just numbers, no hands

divide- to split up the total into equal groups

edit- to fix errors and make it better

equation- a number sentence. ex. 5+5=10

equivalent- another way to say equal

essay- short piece of writing on a specific topic

estimate- make a good guess using a strategy to help

executive branch- enforces the laws

evaporation- the process where liquid water becomes a gas

fable- a type of story that it short, has animals as characters, and teaches a moral.

fact- something that is true and can be proven by doing research

factors- the numbers that you multiply together

fiction- a type of story that is make-believe

force- a push or a pull on an object; something that makes things move

fossil- the remains of a plant or animal that lived long ago

fraction- equal parts of a whole

friction- a rubbing force that slows objects down and creates heat

genre- a category for a type of text

geography- the study of places and what the earth’s surface looks like

glossary- text feature that gives definitions for a particular text

governor- the leader of a territory or state

gram- the smallest unit of weight in the metric system

heading- a mini title at the top of a writing that tells you what that part of the writing will be about

historian- someone who studies the past

history- the study of the past

infer- to figure something out using the clues

judicial branch- interprets the laws

kilogram- a unit of measurement that measures weight and is made from 1,000 grams

lead- the beginning to a writing that hooks the readers attention

legend- a narrative story that is BASED on real things but is exaggerated and is now not real.

legislative branch- makes the laws

liter- a unit of measurement that measures the amount of a liquid and is made from 1,000 milliliters.

location- where something is

magnet- a type of rock or metal that can pull certain types of metal to itself

main idea- the most important point or idea in a writing

Michigan- the name of the state we live in

moral- the important lesson of the story

motion- a change in position.

multiply- add a number to itself a number of times

myth- a type of story that often has characters such as gods and goddesses and are written to explain why something is the way it is

narrative- a type of writing that tells a story

Native American- the first people that lived in North America

nonfiction- text that is true and teaches you information about something

noun- a word that’s a person, place, thing, or idea

number line- a line with numbers that we use in math

Odawa- a Native American tribe of the Three Fires, lived in Michigan

Ojibway- a Native American tribe of the Three Fires, lived in Michigan

opinion- a feeling or belief

opposites- the most different 2 things can possibly be

pan balance- a type of scale that compares weights of objects by trying to make them balance

parallel- 2 lines that will NEVER touch

partition- to divide something into smaller EQUAL pieces

peninsula- a piece of land surrounded on 3 sides by water

perimeter- the amount of space around the outside of a shape

pioneer- the first people to settle an area

plot- the story events or the beginning, middle, and end of a story

poem-artistic writing that artistic that creates a mental image

Potawatomi- a Native American tribe of the Three Fires, lived in Michigan

precise- exactly

prioritize- doing important things first, then fun things (putting first things first)

product- the answer to a multiplication problem

pronoun- a word that takes the place of a noun such as he, she, I, they…

publish- the final copy of a writing that the audience will read

pull- a force that moves things closer

push- a force that moves things away

quadrilateral- a closed shape with 4 sides.

quotient- the answer to a division problem

reason- what you say to explain why

region- an area that has something in common with all the other places in that area

relative location–a place that is related to another object. Use a compass rose to help find relative location.

repel- a force that moves something away (i.e., magnets)

republic- a type of government where the people hold the power

rhyme- words that share the same ending sounds such as thin and grin

round- to change a number to the nearest friendly number like the nearest 10 or the nearest 100

selection- the process of making choices to change the outcome

services- things that people do for you in exchange for money

setting- where a story takes place.

stamina- when you do something for a time and you keep trying to get better

stanza-The lines of words and groups of lines in a poem

symmetry- when an object looks the same on one side as on the other

territory-what an area of land was called that was not a state

theme- the message in a story; the lesson that you learn in a story

topic- the subject of a book or writing

trade- to exchange or switch one item for another item

verb- an action word

voyager- a person who sailed across waterways to explore and trade

water vapor- the gas state of water