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WORMY WISE

EDITION

Kenneth Hodkinson I Sandra Adams

EDUCATORS PUBLISHING SERVICE

Cambridge and Toronto

Original cover design: Hugh Price Interior design: Sarah Cole Acquisitions/Development: Kate Moltz

Editors: Wendy Drexler, Elissa Gershowitz, Stacey Nichols Kim, Theresa Trinder, Laura Woollett Editorial Assistant: Becky Ticotsky Senior Editorial Manager: Sheila Neylon

© 2007 by Educators Publishing Service, a division of School Specialty Publishing, a member of the School Specialty Family. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including photocopying, without permission in writing from the publisher.

Printed in USA

ISBN 978-0-8388-2829-8

678 9 10 CRW 15 14 13 12 11

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Lesson I I

Going, Going, Gone! 7

Lesson 2 10

Looking at Llamas 16

Lesson 3 19

No Excuses 25

Lesson 4 28

Tibet’s God-King? 34

Review for Lessons 1-4 37

Lesson 5 38

The Quiz-Show Scandal 44

Lesson 6 47

The Dorothy and

Herbert Vogel Collection 53

Lesson 7 56

Tsunami: The Big Wave 62

Lesson 8 65

The Gift of Tragedy 71

Review for Lessons 5-8 74

Lesson 9 77

Reaching the Heights 83

Lesson 10 86

The Wall 92

Lesson II 95

Dwarf Mammoths 101

Lesson 12 104

A Child of the Sixties 110

Review for Lessons 9-12 113

Lesson 13 114

Kwanzaa 120

Lesson 14 123

Washington National Cathedral 129

Lesson 15 132

Birds of a Feather. 138

Lesson 16 141

Gateway to the Promised Land 147

Review for Lessons 13-16 150

Lesson 17 153

Machiavelli 159

Lesson 18 162

Prisoners of Conscience 167

Lesson 19 170

Elephant Memories 176

Lesson 20 179

It’s a Right-Handed World! 185

Review for Lessons 17-20 188


Word Lift

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| apocryphal

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IS ; : lit

I arcane

k ar kan'

SSk.

Study the definitions of the words below; then do the exercises for the lesson. adj. Of dubious authenticity or origin; spurious.

Although we hear numerous stories of Daniel Boone’s exploits, many of them are apocryphal. adj. Understood by only a few; mysterious.

To most people, the science of quantum physics is an arcane subject that is beyond their grasp.

v. I. To summon or cause to assemble.

The president has convened a meeting of his economic advisors for this Thursday. 2. To gather or assemble; to meet formally.

Student Council members convene on the first Monday of the month.

expedient

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n

|J exude

eg zood'

adj. I. Useful for some purpose; convenient.

Telephoning was the most expedient method of alerting Sara to our change of plan. 2. Concerned primarily or exclusively with serving one’s own interests.

Given a choice, Ray does what is expedient rather than what is right, a A means employed to bring about a certain result.

A hot bath is a useful expedient for ameliorating sore muscles.

v. I. To flow out slowly; to ooze or emit.

The pine branch exuded golden pitch after it was cut.

2. To give forth; to exhibit in abundance.

A good lawyer exudes confidence no matter how her case is going.

gesticulate v. To motion energetically with the body or limbs,

jes tik' yoo lat The traffic cop gesticulated to the waiting cars to proceed,

gesticulation n.

imperturbable

im par tur' ba bal

We were puzzled by Will’s frantic gesticulations until we noticed the bee buzzing around his head.

adj. Calm and assured.

Picking up the phone to call the plumber, my mother remained imperturbable.

increment n. An increase, addition or gain, often by regular, consecutive amounts.

in' kra mant Even small increments to a savings account add up to a substantial sum over time.

incremental adj. (in kra ment'l)

levity

lev' a te

Incremental changes to the dosage of Sunil’s medication were necessary to maintain its effectiveness.

n. Excessive frivolity; a lack of seriousness; joking.

mortify

mor' ta fi

The atmosphere at the party was one of levity with much joking, laughter, and general silliness.

v. To embarrass or humiliate.

Jason’s fall to the ice just as he was ready to fire the puck past the goalie mortified him for days.

I periphery

pa rif' ar e

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raconteur

ra kan tar'

n. The area around the edges; the outermost part.

Hesitant to enter the walled garden, Joy made her way instead along the periphery, peripheral adj. Relating to, involving, or forming an outer edge or boundary.

Bill Bradley’s extraordinary peripheral vision allowed him to see more of the basketball court than his opponents.

(A French word now part of our vocabulary.) n. One who tells stories with skill and wit.

Aunt Clara knew so many stories and was such a superb raconteur that she could entertain us for hours.

reiterate

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f subterfuge

sub' tar fyooj

sag

*■ vacillate

, vas' a lat

v. To say or do over again; to repeat.

The signs posted at fifty-foot intervals reiterate the warning against hunting. n. A deceptive scheme or strategy.

Friar Laurence’s subterfuge to bring Romeo and Juliet together not only deceived their families, but also came to a terrible end.

v. I. To move back and forth from lack of balance; waver.

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