Grade 5: List 2

Vocabulary is key to performing well on Common Core-aligned tests for English Language Arts as well as for building literacy in social studies, science, and technical subjects. This collection features common tier-2 words that are taught and tested at every grade level. These words are used in a variety of contexts, exhibit different shades of meaning based on those contexts, and appear commonly in classroom instruction and on standardized assessments.

Here are links to our lists for the collection: List 1, List 2, List 3, List 4, List 5, List 6, List 7, List 8
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  1. diagram
    a drawing intended to explain how something works
    More diagrams showed how to tear paper and have it reassemble itself, and how to pour water into a shoe and leave the shoe dry.The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  2. table
    a set of data arranged in rows and columns
    The book in which I found that passage was full of tables and graphs showing the results of experiments on frogs, salamanders, rats, apes, and human beings. The Chosen
  3. clear
    accurately stated or described
    “Troublemaker” is written in the plain, clear language of its 12-year-old narrator. New York Times
  4. language
    a means of communicating by the use of sounds or symbols
    “Troublemaker” is written in the plain, clear language of its 12-year-old narrator. New York Times
  5. comma
    a punctuation mark (,) indicating the separation of elements
    Her voice trailed off as if she had ended that sentence with a comma and not a period.Silent To The Bone
  6. compare
    consider or describe as similar, equal, or analogous
    It’s fun to compare Cairo to Lahore and realize how so many things are similar.Amina's Song
  7. contrast
    put in opposition to show or emphasize differences
    The light blue contrasted nicely with my dark brown hair.Keep It Together, Keiko Carter
  8. conclude
    reach a final opinion after a discussion or deliberation
    “I don’t think there really is such a country,” he concluded after studying it carefully.The Phantom Tollbooth
  9. conclusion
    the last section of a communication
    At the conclusion of the previous novel, “The Paris Spy,” Hope is locked in prison because she knows too much.Washington Post (Jul 23, 2018)
  10. statement
    an assertion offered as evidence that something is true
    Add a sentence or two at the end of your concluding statement that sets out your plans for further research. Nature
  11. draw
    make, formulate, or derive in the mind
    He says he prefers to present the raw scientific data because it allows visitors to draw their own conclusions.Washington Post (Dec 28, 2021)
  12. concrete
    capable of being perceived by the senses
    In countless essays you produced an argument, and then you proved it with concrete detail and credible sources. US News
  13. detail
    a single fact considered separately from the whole
    In countless essays you produced an argument, and then you proved it with concrete detail and credible sources. US News
  14. conflict
    a state of opposition between persons or ideas or interests
    “You don’t like conflict. You want everything and everyone to be in perfect harmony.”Keep It Together, Keiko Carter
  15. connect
    make a logical or causal linkage
    Diggs used to write his poems 10 minutes before a show on a notecard scribbled with thoughts and arrows connecting ideas. Washington Post
  16. convince
    make realize the truth or validity of something
    I need to find a way to convince them both that I can do this, that I’m the best person for this job.A Soft Place to Land
  17. create
    make by artistic means
    Once Angel’s done, I have to read the new poems we created from all the words.Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero
  18. definition
    a brief explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase
    Some words take on new, unexpected definitions that you can’t find in the dictionary.The Science of Breakable Things
  19. describe
    give a statement representing something
    She describes how hundreds of people lived together in that single structure.I Can Make This Promise
  20. description
    the act of depicting something
    There are tons of photographs and descriptions of places.Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish
Created on July 5, 2022 (updated August 30, 2022)

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