Mr. McDowell's Vocabulary Review


Stingray Chaser

Free stingrays and remove harmful algae from the ocean. After removing enough debris from the stingrays, you will be asked to select the correct answer to continue.


Vocabulary Pinball Click on the red flipper buttons to keep the ball in play. Try to hit all of the letters with the ball to spell a word. Next, choose the correct definition for the word. A correct answer gives a free ball and an incorrect takes a ball away. Hold down and release the green button to launch the ball! Try all of the lists or register to make your own!

Word Find

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Word Scramble - Words Only

Solve the scrambled words by moving the tiles around. Use the vocabulary definition or math answers to provide you the hint you need!

Word Scramble - Problems and Definitions

Solve the scrambled words by moving the tiles around. Use the vocabulary definition or math answers to provide you the hint you need!


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List Content

Adventures of Sojourner

  • engineers -- people specially trained to design and build machines and systems
  • monitoring -- supervising; keeping watch over
  • sensors -- sensitive devices that respond to changes in the environment
  • analysis -- the separation of substance into its parts in order to study each part
  • maneuvers -- controlled changes in the movement or direction of a vehicle
  • rover -- a vehicle designed to explore the surface of a planet
  • interpreted -- determined or explained the meaning of something
  • navigation -- the practice of planning and controlling the course of a craft
  • stereoscopic -- seeing objects in three dimensions

Amelia Earhart

  • taxied -- moved slowly on the ground where airplanes take off and land
  • accounting -- a detailed narrative; a record of events
  • inspiration -- a positive example that encourages others to attempt to reach their goals
  • runway -- a strip of level ground where airplanes take off and land
  • accomplish -- to succeed in doing something
  • disappearance -- the state of being vanished
  • navigator -- someone who plans, records, and controls the course of a plane
  • transmission -- a message sent by radio
  • aviation -- the operation of aircraft
  • journal -- a personal record of event; a diary

Charlotte Doyle

  • entangled -- twisted together
  • seasoned -- experienced
  • endeavored -- attempted
  • rigging -- the system of ropes, chains, and other gear used to control a ship's sails
  • ascent -- an upward climb
  • ratlines -- the small ropes, fastened horizontally to ropes supporting a ship's mast, which together form a ladder
  • treacherous -- marked by unpredictable dangers

Chuck Close Up Close

  • optically -- in a way that has to do with vision
  • pixels -- tiny elements that make up an image on a TV or computer screen
  • conceptual -- having to do with ideas
  • obstacles -- things that stand in the way of a goal
  • palette -- a board on which on artist mixes colors
  • canvas -- a tough, woven material that an artist paints on
  • hyperrealistic -- extremely real looking
  • painstaking -- requiring great care and effort
  • portrait -- a painting of a person
  • abstract -- does not try to realistically represent a person or object
  • exhibition -- a show of someone's artwork

Climb or Die

  • pitons -- metal spikes, used in mountain climbing, with eyes or rings at one end through which a rope can be passed
  • desperate -- feeling full of despair, hopeless
  • functioned -- filled a particular purpose or role
  • overcome -- to conquer
  • carabiners -- in mountain climbing, oval rings that attach a rope to a piton
  • foothold -- a place that give firm support for a foot while climbing
  • improvising -- making something from available materials
  • belay -- to secure at the end of a rope, in mountain climbing
  • fatigue -- extreme tiredness
  • ice ax -- an ax used by mountain climbers to cut steps in ice

Dinosaur Ghosts

  • geologists -- scientists who study the earth's crust and the rocks it is made of
  • specimens -- samples taken for scientific study
  • evidence -- the data used to draw conclusion
  • fossils -- the hardened skeletons or other remains of creatures of prehistoric times
  • paleontologist -- a scientist who studies prehistoric life
  • erosion -- all the natural processes that wear away earth and rock
  • extinct -- no longer living on the earth; having died out
  • hypotheses -- scientific suggestion based on what is known so far
  • theory -- an idea that is based on evidence but that cannot be stated as fact
  • excavation -- the process of finding something by digging for it

Girl Who Married the Moon

  • hearth -- the floor of a fireplace
  • phases -- the changes in appearance that the moon or planet goes through each month
  • suspicious -- having the feeling that something is unusual or wrong
  • common room -- a large room where people gather to eat or share other activities
  • mainland -- the large land mass of a country or continent that does not include it's islands
  • sparkling -- giving off flashes of light
  • kayak -- a lightweight canoe, propelled by a double bladed paddle, with only a small opening for only one or two people
  • sod -- a chunk of grassy soil held together by matted roots
  • village -- a small settlement

Great Wall

  • steppe -- a vast dry, grassy plain
  • durable -- sturdy and long lasting
  • extravagance -- careless, wasteful spending on luxuries
  • nomadic -- moving from place to place
  • domain -- the territory ruled by a government
  • excluding -- keeping someone or something out
  • massive -- large and solid
  • terrain -- the physical features of an area of land
  • craftsmen -- skilled workers
  • dynasty -- a line of rulers from one family
  • laborers -- workers who do tasks that do not require special skills


  • frustration -- the discouragement and irritation that comes from not being able to achieve one's goal
  • quills -- a collection of sharp, hollow spines on the back of a porcupine
  • survivial -- the preservation of one's life; the continuing of life
  • kindling -- small pieces of wood or other material used for starting fires
  • slithering -- a sliding, slipping movement
  • hatchet -- a small, short-handled ax, to be used with only one hand
  • shelter -- a place that provides protection from the weather

Last Summer With Maizon

  • stoop -- a small porch, staircase, or platform leading to the entrance of a house or building
  • desolate -- having few or no inhabitants
  • relieve -- to aid, to help
  • daydreaming -- thinking in a dreamy way, often about things one wishes would come true
  • previous -- occurring before something else in time or order
  • express -- to put into words; to communicate

Lost Temple of Aztecs

  • causeways -- raised roadways across water or marshlands
  • intricate -- complicated; made up of many details
  • tributes -- gifts given to those in power by people who have been defeated or want protection
  • adorned -- decorated
  • empire -- large area made up of many territories under one government
  • sites -- places where things were, are, or will be located
  • conquered -- defeated in battle
  • metropolis -- a major city; a center of culture

Passage to Freedom

  • decision -- a choice that involves judgment
  • permission -- necessary approval to do something
  • visas -- documents that give people permission to travel through a specific country
  • government -- the body or organization that manages a nation
  • superiors -- those who have higher rank and more authority
  • diplomat -- one who is appointed to represent his or her government in its relations with other governments
  • refugees -- people who flee their homes in order to escape harm

Royal Kingdom of Ghana

  • caravans -- files of vehicles or pack of animals traveling together
  • goods -- items for sale
  • vicinity -- the region within close range of a place
  • bartering -- the trading of goods without the exchange of money
  • flourishing -- growing extremely well
  • primary -- main; basic
  • entourage -- a group of followers
  • oasis -- a green spot in a desert where water can be found

The Challenge

  • bragged -- boasted
  • managed -- succeeded in doing something with difficulty
  • awkward -- uncomfortable
  • encourage -- to give support or confidence
  • attention -- close or careful observing or listening
  • briskly -- quickly, energetically
  • notice -- to become aware of

View From Saturday

  • hover -- to remain close by
  • resettling -- moving to a new place
  • commute -- to travel back and forth regularly
  • permitted -- allowed
  • volunteers -- people who freely offer to do something
  • interfering -- intruding in the business of other people; meddling
  • subtle -- not obvious; hard to detect

Where the Red Fern Grows

  • depot -- a railroad station
  • urgency -- the need to do something quickly
  • cheap -- costing very little
  • provisions -- necessary supplies, especially food
  • determination -- the firm attention to accomplish a goal
  • wares -- items for sale
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