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Our current plan isn't working.  We need to think outside the box.  

What does this mean?

think creatively to find a new idea.


Her math calculations were always accurate, she received 100% on all of her tests. 

Without mistakes. 


I have a sister ___ I don't have a brother. 



Another word that means the same as, "mild."



Nina was easily distracted.  Since it was difficult for her to concentrate, she would often begin a task and become sidetracked.  It once took her two weeks to tidy her room thoroughly.  This would also occur when she studied for upcoming exams.  This frustrated Nina because her school grades suffered.  After receiving a D on a math quiz, Nina was determined to turn things around.  She began situating herself in a quiet room at the library where she could study without distractions.

Nina will try new study strategies to improve her grades in school. 


His plan was out of left field.  I don't know how he came up with that idea. 

Unexpected, odd, or strange. 


They did not know who stole the car.  In order to find out, they will conduct an investigation.

To closely examine something to find facts.


I like cookies ___ I like cake. 



Another word that means the same as, "analyze."


Chris had a passion for skateboarding.  He frequently rode to the skatepark, where he would spend hours practicing new tricks.  Since he was at the park so often, his friends knew exactly where they could find him.  This was fortunate because Chris attempted a complicated trick on this particular day and landed on his elbow.  There he squatted in excruciating pain with no way to call for help.  That's when his friend Daniel came cruising in on his bike.  Luckily, Daniel had a phone and called Chris's mom for help.  She was there in no time, rushing him to the urgent care.  After four months of healing, Chris's friends knew exactly where they could find him. 

Chris loves skateboarding even though it's a dangerous sport. 


I tried to find my lost key at the park.  It was like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

Something difficult to find. 


He bought a new plant and placed it by the window.  It was only logical that it would need sunlight. 



I'm sad ___ my best friend moved away. 



Another word that means the same as, "decline."



During school vacations, thousands of people go to amusement parks. Roller coaster engineers are always looking for ways to make rides bigger, faster, and scarier.

At Six Flags in California, the X2 roller coaster has seats that are attached on the side of the track. While they are on the ride, the seats rotate around the track on their own. 

In Abu Dhabi, a super fast roller coaster goes up to 149 miles per hour! It goes so fast that the passengers have to wear goggles to go on the ride for protection.

Roller coasters are faster and scarier than ever before. 


He was really nervous about going to a new school.  He felt like a fish out of water. 

Feeling awkward or unhappy because of a situation that is not familiar. 


He had to begin his art assignment soon, but he couldn't come up with a concept for his project. 

General idea. 


Water turns into ice ___ it's very cold. 



Another word that means the same as, "amazement."



Are you ready for a nap right now? The average 10 to 17 year old needs at least 8 and a half hours of sleep every night. 

Sleep is vital to our health and helps us focus and can improve our moods. Kids who get a good night's sleep do better in school.

Although humans need about 8 hours of sleep, different animals need different amounts of sleep. Giraffes only need about 2 hours of sleep, but a brown bat needs about 20 hours of sleep each day! 

While humans need at least 8 hours of sleep, other animals may need more or less sleep each day.


When Alex lied to his mom about breaking the window, he opened up a whole can of worms. 

To create a complicated situation in which doing something to correct a problem leads to many more problems. 


They wanted to know where she had been, so she gave them a narrative of her entire day. 

Story or account of events. 


I was lonely, ___ I talked to my friend. 



Another word that means the same as, "transparent."


An object will float when its weight is less than the force of the water pushing on it. Light objects will float because they have low weight.

Objects sink when their weight is greater than the push from the water. Smaller, denser items will sink because they don't touch enough water to push them up.

Sometimes objects can look the same on the outside, but float differently. For example, cans of diet soda will float in water but regular soda cans will sink! 

Objects may float or sink depending on their weight even if they look similar. 

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