• Third Grade Robust Vocabulary Words:  Theme 3

    Lesson 11

    Loved Best


    swooned – If you had a terrible shock or surprise that made you faint or fall, you might have swooned.


    astonished – When you are amazed and surprised by something, you are astonished.


     envious – If you feel envious, you want something that someone else has.


    rivalry – People who have rivalry are competing against one another for something.


    encouraging – An encouraging word from a friend make you feel that you can do something well.


    brief – If something is brief, it does not take much time.


    chuckling – If you are chuckling, you are laughing quietly to yourself.


    soothing – Something that is soothing makes you feel calm.


    sobbed – Someone who sobbed cried very hard.


    praised – If you praised someone, you told that person that he or she did something well.

    Lesson 12

    A Pen Pal for Max


    deciphered – If you have figured out a message that is difficult to understand or that is written in code, then you have deciphered it.


    mistaken – If you are wrong about something, you are mistaken.


    catastrophe – A catastrophe is something really terrible that has happened.


    fortunate – If you are fortunate, you are very lucky.


    translate – If you translate something, you say or write it in another language.


    repairs – When something needs repairs, it needs to be fixed.


    heaving – Heaving is throwing something heavy with great effort.


    bothersome – When something is bothersome, it bothers you and causes problems.


    din – If there is a din, there is so much noise that it is hard to hear anything over it.


    dodging – When you are dodging something, you avoid something that is coming toward you.

    Lesson 13

    A Tree is Growing


    columns – A column is a tall, circle structure that holds up part of a building.


    absorb – Something absorbs a liquid if it soaks up the liquid.


    protects – When you protect something, you keep it safe.


    rustling – When objects are rustling, they are moving and making soft sounds.


    dissolve - When something dissolves, it mixes completely with a liquid.


    particles- Tiny pieces of something are called particles.


    tugged – If you tugged something, you pulled it hard.


    paused – If you paused, you stopped what you were doing for just a moment.


    scavenger- An animal is a scavenger if it collects leftover and unwanted



    self-sufficient – If something is self-sufficient, it makes everything it needs.

    Lesson 14

    One Small Place in a Tree


    sprout – When something sprouts, it begins to grow.


    damp – If something is damp, it is a little bit wet.


    transformation – If someone or something has gone through a transformation, it has been changed.


    harmony – If two things are living in harmony, they are in agreement, living peacefully.


    suppose – When you suppose something, you think it is true.


    roost – Birds roost, or perch, when they sleep in trees at night.


    spears – If something spears something, he or she sticks something sharp

    through it.


    strikes – If something strikes something else, it hits it.


    glimpse- When you get a glimpse of something, you get only a quick peek at it.


    maze – A maze is a winding set of paths that is like a puzzle.


    Lesson 15

    Ask the Experts


    issue – An issue is an edition of a newspaper or magazine.


    advice – If you give someone advice, you tell what you think the person should do.


    consult – When you consult someone, you ask him or her for information.


    recommend – When you recommend something, you tell someone that you think it is good.


    sensible – Something who is sensible makes good decisions and judgments.


    devise – To devise is to figure out a way to do something.


    luscious – Something that is luscious appeals to your senses, such as your sense of taste.


    shudder – If you shudder, you are trembling from fear or from being cold.


    expertise – If someone has expertise, he or she knows a lot about a particular topic or skill.


    correspondence – If you send correspondence, you are communicating in writing.


Last Modified on October 5, 2011