Common Core Grade 5, List 8

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.

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  1. according
    as reported or stated by
    The church had been built in seventeen-something, according to the National Register of Historic Places.The Secret History
  2. achieve
    cause to happen, occur, or exist
    “Then what do you hope to achieve with this protest, Moss? What do you want to happen?”Anger Is a Gift
  3. approach
    ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem
    But something really awful has been going on, and the best approach is just to be honest.Linked
  4. automatic
    without volition or conscious control
    You need to make a leap beyond the automatic assumption that doctors are always men.Blink
  5. concentrate
    direct one's attention on something
    “I need to concentrate, and all I get are interruptions.”Rickshaw Girl
  6. construct
    create by organizing and linking ideas or concepts
    They taught well-heeled Athenians how to construct speeches and sway audiences.Words Like Loaded Pistols
  7. consult
    seek information from
    I consulted my notebooks and tried to remember everything Pa had ever told me about screechers.Willodeen
  8. declare
    state emphatically and authoritatively
    “The most important thing in my career isn’t as important as my son,” Dad declares.Linked
  9. demonstrate
    show the validity of something, as by example or explanation
    Considerable scientific evidence already demonstrates that exercise remodels brains and affects thinking.New York Times (Jan 16, 2019)
  10. establish
    show the validity of something, as by example or explanation
    She passes it to a man in the front of the crowd, in order to establish that it is solid.The Night Circus
  11. excuse
    defend, explain, or clear away by reasoning
    She saw no reason to explain her act or excuse it.Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
  12. experience
    an event as apprehended
    It’s an inspiring story about America — what America can be and what the immigrant experience gives to this country.Seattle Times (Mar 16, 2022)
  13. faithful
    marked by fidelity to an original
    Dickey, who was himself a Georgian and knew the area well, swore that his book was a faithful description.A Walk in the Woods
  14. figure
    judge to be probable
    I figure at minimum I’m about to get a pat on the back.Linked
  15. fortunate
    having unexpected good luck
    “Those two people in the kitchen right now love you very much. Not every kid in your position is so fortunate. Not even close.”A High Five for Glenn Burke
  16. gradual
    proceeding in small stages
    The rise of farming was a very gradual affair spread over centuries and millennia.Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
  17. ignore
    bar from attention or consideration
    “Leave it to them to focus on the negative and ignore a major scientific find!”Linked
  18. interpret
    make sense of; assign a meaning to
    He sputtered on his end of the phone, which I interpreted to mean that he did not approve, so I said, “See you at four,” and I hung up.Silent To The Bone
  19. measure
    estimate the nature, quality, ability or significance of
    Doc motioned for us to sit while he showed us how to measure the strength of the herbs and roots that would go into the potions and incense he made.Root Magic
  20. necessary
    absolutely essential
    The extra help was necessary to make sure the house was ready in time.Ophie's Ghosts
  21. obtain
    come into possession of
    My message told them exactly where to find the Second Gate and how to obtain the Crystal Key.Ready Player One: A Novel
  22. ordinary
    lacking special distinction, rank, or status
    Tanaburi was a small, ordinary village, and it was the ordinary things that he liked to watch the most: people hanging their wash out to dry, sweeping porches, chatting with their neighbors, cooking breakfast.A Wish in the Dark
  23. period
    an amount of time
    This began a period of time some historians call the Peace of Pocahontas.Blood on the River
  24. select
    pick out or choose from a number of alternatives
    The council votes and selects Master Wingfield as our first president.Blood on the River
  25. stable
    resistant to change of position or condition
    He is calm and unmovable, strong and stable.Seattle Times (Aug 14, 2018)
Created on August 30, 2022 (updated October 18, 2022)

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