4th Grade- created by Melissa Roy Unit 3: a changing America



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4th Grade- created by Melissa Roy

Unit 3: A Changing America Vocabulary Mountain Island Elementary




original

first
North Carolina was one of the original 13 colonies.








independence


freedom from the control of another
The United States sought independence from England.







declared

to announce

Senator Obama was declared the winner of the Presidential Election.









settle

to decide

I settled on a just a plain peanut butter sandwich for lunch. There was nothing else to eat in the house.









proper


suitable; correct
We needed to make sure we had the proper equipment before moving.








violate


particularly
If you violate a law you will go to jail.







contribute

when an adult allows one to do something

In December we helped to contribute presents for people at our school.









astronomy


the science of studying the universe outside of Earth’s atmosphere
Jorge loved astronomy. He enjoyed looking at the stars and planets.






position


a place where something is located
What position in line is the little girl standing?






skill



ability to do something
When I was younger, I learned the skill of drawing. Now I am a painter.






colonies

Settlements formed by people who have come to a new land

North Carolina was one of the original 13 colonies of the United States.









site


location; place to build

The construction work was delayed because it was raining on the site.







capital

where the government is located
The capital city of North Carolina is Raleigh.








typical




average; normal for its kind
My typical lunch is a sandwich, a banana and a juice.







distract

to draw attention away from what someone is doing

I can’t have the television on while I complete my homework because it will distract me.










elegant

rich and fine in quality

Cinderella wore an elegant dress to the ball.









abundance

large amount

The men caught an abundance of fish on their trip.











rumors


a story without proof that passes from person to person
Don’t believe rumors if you hear them. They might not be true.













deserted

left alone or abandoned
The man was stuck on the deserted island with very little food.







impressed


very unhappy or disappointed
The piano tutor was impressed with how well her student played.






vast


widespread
There was a vast amount of damage from the tornado. There were no houses standing for miles.






associations



friendships or connections
My mother belongs to the Parent Teacher Association at our school.






tremendous

very large

We hiked up a tremendous mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was 12, 005 feet high!











provisions


food or other necessary items

My mother insisted on me taking out the trash before I played X-Box 360.







engaged

busy with
The men were so engaged with building the house they forgot to eat lunch.






detained

kept back
The man was detained by the police for committing a crime.





permanent

lasting; not temporary
I wrote on my hand with permanent marker and it would not wash off.





politics

the activity of government and running for office
When I grow up I want to be in politics and eventually become president.





intelligence

the ability to think, learn, and understand
By the time you graduate college, you should have a lot of intelligence.






legislator

a member of the part of the government that makes laws
A legislator helps make laws in Washington, D.C.






liberty

the freedom to act, think, or speak as one pleases
People in the military help fight so that we have liberty and freedom in the United States.






debates

Public discussions of issues by people who disagree
We watched the presidential debates on televison.




rebelling

fighting against authority
My sister was rebelling my parent’s authority by getting a mo-hawk.




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