"Frindle," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-5

September 12, 2013
What if you made up a word for something and it caught on, and then everyone in the country started using it? That's the premise of "Frindle" by Andrew Clements, a humorous take on what happens when a trend really becomes successful.

Learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-10, Chapters 11-15
Nick deserved a list all his own, and everyone knew it.
One thing’s for sure: Nick Allen had plenty of ideas, and he knew what to do with them.
The day after that Nick turned the classroom thermostat up to about ninety degrees with a little screwdriver he had brought from home.
Lincoln Elementary needed a good jolt once in a while, and Nick was just the guy to deliver it.
Without taking his eyes off his book, and without moving at all, Nick put his heart and soul into the highest and most annoying chirp of all: “Peeeeep!”
Janet, who was sitting four rows away from Nick, promptly turned white, then bright crimson.
Mrs. Avery knew she had made a mistake, and she apologized to Janet.
Mrs. Avery never figured out who was making that sound, and gradually she trained herself to ignore it.
To Nick, the whole thing was just one long—and successful—science experiment.
In language arts, Mrs. Granger had a monopoly—and a reputation.
She had two skirt-and-jacket outfits, her gray uniform and her blue uniform, which she always wore over a white shirt with a little cameo pin at the neck.
All the kids at Lincoln Elementary School knew that at the end of the line—fifth grade—Mrs. Granger would be the one grading their spelling tests and their reading tests, and worst of all, their vocabulary tests—week after week, month after month.
But her pride and joy was one of those huge dictionaries with every word in the universe in it, the kind of book it takes two kids to carry.
Good spelling and good grammar and good word skills are essential for every student.
Clear thinking requires a command of the English language, and fifth grade is the ideal time for every girl and boy to acquire an expanded vocabulary.
He had heard all about her, and he had seen fifth graders in the library last year, noses stuck in their dictionaries, frantically trying to finish their vocabulary sheets before English class.
The first day of school was always a get- acquainted day.
After that there was a review paper about cursive writing, and then there was a sample sheet showing how the heading should look on every assignment.
Nick was an expert at asking the delaying question—also known as the teacher-stopper, or the guaranteed-time-waster.
At three minutes before the bell, in that split second between the end of today’s class work and the announcement of tomorrow’s homework, Nick could launch a question guaranteed to sidetrack the teacher long enough to delay or even wipe out the homework assignment.
Nicholas, will you do some research on that subject and give a little oral report to the class?
This was not the way school was supposed to work.
Without question this modern American dictionary is one of the most surprisingly complex and profound documents ever to be created, for it embodies unparalleled etymological detail, reflecting not only superb lexicographic scholarship, but also the dreams and speech and imaginative talents of millions of people over thousands of years—for every person who has ever spoken or written in English has had a hand in its making.
It was sort of like trying to read the ingredients on a shampoo bottle.
When you’re planning to go to the carnival after school, the clocks in every class practically run backward, and the school day lasts for about three weeks.
The class made a bunch of noise at this big number—“Ooh,” and “Wow! ” and stuff like that—and Nick lost his concentration.
Nick kept his eyes open wide and nodded, adjusted his glasses on his nose, and began to read.
And isn’t it fascinating that English has more different words than any other language used anywhere in the world?
"Sarah, will you read the first sentence, identify the mistake, and then tell us how you corrected it?”
Mrs. Granger jammed the whole day’s work into the last eight minutes, a blur of verbs and nouns and prepositions, and yes, there was another homework assignment.

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