Elementary Academic Words

Words for students from kindergarten to grade 8, each grade has 4 lists: art, math, science, and social. They are essential vocabulary for elementary academic classes.

Grade 4: Word List - Language Art

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analyze  Read Word
break down into components or essential features
antonym  Read Word
word of opposite meaning; counter term
autobiography  Read Word
biography or story written by yourself
brainstorm  Read Word
try to solve a problem by thinking intensely about it; the clear understanding of a complex situation
compound sentence  Read Word
n. two coordinate independent clauses
conclude  Read Word
enclose; reach as an end of reasoning; make final determination ; judge or decide; bring to an end
concrete poem  Read Word
the typographical arrangement of words is as important in conveying the intended effect as the conventional elements of the poem, such as meaning of words, rhythm, rhyme and so on
conjunction  Read Word
state of being conjoined, united, or associated; union; association; league
craft  Read Word
something made by people; vessel
design  Read Word
act of working out the form of something; creation of something in the mind; formulate a plan for
diary  Read Word
a personal journal; a daily written record of experiences and observations
essay  Read Word
composition of any particular subject, usually shorter than formal paper
expression  Read Word
the style of expressing yourself; the communication, in speech or writing, of your beliefs or opinions
figurative language  Read Word
expressing ideas indirectly; language used in a special way to create a special effect made up of words
folklore  Read Word
traditional beliefs, myths, tales, and practices of a people, transmitted orally
haiku  Read Word
an epigrammatic Japanese verse form of three short lines
homonym  Read Word
two words are homonyms if they are pronounced or spelled the same way but have different meanings
homophone  Read Word
two words are homophones if they are pronounced the same way but differ in meaning or spelling or both, e.g. bare and bear
imaginative  Read Word
marked by independence and creativity in thought or action
infer  Read Word
deduce; conclude from evidence or premises; lead to as a consequence or conclusion
interpret  Read Word
explain or tell the meaning of; translate orally; decipher
irregular verb  Read Word
a verb that does not follow the normal rules for its conjugation
key word  Read Word
a significant word used in indexing or cataloging; a word that is used as a pattern to decode an encrypted message
legend  Read Word
explanatory list of symbols on a map; unverified story handed down from earlier times
letter of complaint  Read Word
a letter written by a consumer to a manufacturer or retailer regarding a problem with a product or service
letter of request  Read Word
written request from one government or sovereign to another to aid an injured person in seeking redress, with a promise to reciprocate
mapping  Read Word
a mathematical relation such that each element of a given set is associated with an element of another set
mood  Read Word
verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker
motive  Read Word
emotion, desire, physiological need; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior
preposition  Read Word
the placing of one linguistic element before another; a function word that combines with a noun or pronoun to form a prepositional phrase
pronoun  Read Word
a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase
reference  Read Word
act of referring or consulting; remark that calls attention to something or someone
regular verb  Read Word
a verb which conjugates regularly
relevant  Read Word
pertinent; having connection with matter at hand
report  Read Word
a short account of the news; an essay, especially one written as an assignment
science fiction  Read Word
literary fantasy involving the imagined impact of science on society
simple sentence  Read Word
a sentence having no coordinate clauses or subordinate clauses
theme  Read Word
subject of conversation or discussion; topic; essay
thesaurus  Read Word
book of synonyms, often including related and contrasting words and antonyms
transitional words  Read Word
words or phrases that show the relationship between paragraphs or sections of a text or speech
translate  Read Word
make sense of a language; change from one form or medium into ; restate (words) from one language into another language
verb tense  Read Word
category that locates a situation in time, to indicate when the situation takes place.
webbing  Read Word
strong, closely woven fabric used for straps, belts, etc., and for supporting the seats of upholstered chairs