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.

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apostrophe  Read Word
text character used to mark the possessive or to show the omission of letters or numbers
article  Read Word
essay; editorial; individual thing or element of a class
background  Read Word
the state of the environment in which a situation exists; information that is essential to understanding a situation or problem
biography  Read Word
an account of the series of events making up a person's life; accounts of people's life
cause  Read Word
something produces a result; basis for an action or response; a reason
compose  Read Word
produce a literary work; put together out of existing material
conclusion  Read Word
the last section of a communication; a final; the act of making up your mind about something
conflict  Read Word
fight; struggle; incompatibility of dates or events
create  Read Word
make or cause to be or to become; invest with a new thing
define  Read Word
determine the nature of; give a definition; describe the nature or basic qualities of; explain
determine  Read Word
fix the boundaries of; mark off and separate; set bounds to; decide conclusively and authoritatively
dictionary  Read Word
a reference book containing an alphabetical list of words with information about them
discuss  Read Word
consider or examine in speech or writing; speak with others about
effect  Read Word
something brought about by a cause or agent; a result
fable  Read Word
a deliberately false or improbable account; a short moral story; a story about mythical beings or events
fairy tale  Read Word
a story about fairies; told to amuse children
fantasy  Read Word
dream; daydream; imagination unrestricted by reality
glossary  Read Word
brief explanation of words, often placed at back of book
imagery  Read Word
ability to form mental images of things or events; figurative writing
inference  Read Word
inferring by deduction or induction; truth or proposition drawn from another which is admitted or supposed to be true; conclusion; deduction
investigate  Read Word
explore; observe or inquire into in detail; examine systematically
knowledge  Read Word
the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
lesson  Read Word
a unit of instruction; a task assigned for individual study
limerick  Read Word
humorous short verse; nonsense song or verse
message  Read Word
communication, usually brief
metaphor  Read Word
implied comparison; one thing conceived as representing another; symbol
moral  Read Word
of or concerned with the judgment of the goodness or badness of human action and character
narrative  Read Word
story; art, technique, or process of telling story
novel  Read Word
previously unknown; strikingly new, unusual, or different; young
paraphrase  Read Word
restate text in one's own words, especially to clarify thought of others
point of view  Read Word
a mental position from which things are viewed; the spatial property of the position from which something is observed
proofread  Read Word
read copy or proof for purposes of error detection and correction
proverb  Read Word
a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
represent  Read Word
stand for; describe or present; play a role or part
research  Read Word
inquire into; attempt to find out in scientific manner
resolution  Read Word
determination; resolving to do something; formal statement of a decision
respond  Read Word
show a reaction to something favorably or as hoped
riddle  Read Word
pierce with numerous holes; perforate; permeate or spread throughout
short story  Read Word
a prose narrative shorter than a novel
simile  Read Word
comparison of one thing with another, in English generally using like or as
vocabulary  Read Word
a list of words and often phrases, usually arranged alphabetically and defined or translated