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Degree of Familiarity

Degree of Familiarity
Answer Key

Teacher Note Vocabulary Ladders

For detailed instructions Word Definition


on how to implement the
components of this lesson, weird odd; not common
see pages 15–19. mysterious hidden or secret
unusual strange; not usual
plain; happens frequently or is seen
Objective ordinary
often
Students will analyze words common average or normal
related to familiarity, from
strange to normal. something that has been seen often in
familiar
the past

Ordering Words
Materials
Check that students can explain why the words are ordered
• Vocabulary Ladders the way they are.
template (page 142)

• Activity Cards Sentence Clues


(page 113)
1. It is (ordinary/common) to see Maria studying at the library
• Ordering Words each Thursday because she has a test every Friday.
(page 114)

• Sentence Clues 2. Reena knew that the girl looked (familiar) and realized that
(page 115) they went to the same school.

• Sentence Stems 3. I found (unusual/mysterious) footprints in the park and


(page 116) convinced my friend they belonged to Bigfoot.

• Write About It!


4. When Omar got the flu, it started out with (weird/unusual)
(page 117)
stomach pains and a fever.

Sentence Stems
Additional Words
Check that student responses reflect the meaning of the
Introduce students to underlined word in each sentence frame.
additional words such as
traditional and miraculous as
you work through the lesson. Write About It!
Check that responses include the new vocabulary terms used
in the correct way.

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Degree of Familiarity

Name: __________________________________________ Date: _________________

Activity Cards

Directions: Cut apart and match the words and definitions below.
Then, glue them onto the Vocabulary Ladders activity sheet in order, from
strange to normal.

something that has been


common seen often in the past

familiar average or normal

plain; happens frequently


mysterious or is seen often

ordinary strange; not usual

unusual hidden or secret

weird odd; not common

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Degree of Familiarity

Name: __________________________________________ Date: _________________

Ordering Words
Directions: Write the words from the Word Bank in the order you choose,
from strange to normal, on the ladder. Then, explain an important
difference between two of the words.

Word Bank
common familiar mysterious
ordinary unusual weird

Comparing Words

Choose two words.

Word 1: _________________

Word 2: _________________

One difference between these


words is:

________________________

________________________

________________________

________________________

________________________

________________________

________________________

________________________

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Name: __________________________________________ Date: _________________

Sentence Clues
Directions: Choose the best word from the Word Bank to complete
each sentence.

Word Bank
common familiar mysterious
ordinary unusual weird

1. It is _______________________ to see Maria studying at the


library each Thursday because she has a test every Friday.

2. Reena knew that the girl looked _______________________


and realized that they went to the same school.

3. I found _______________________ footprints in the park


and convinced my friend they belonged to Bigfoot.

4. When Omar got the flu, it started out with


_______________________ stomach pains
and a fever.

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Degree of Familiarity

Name: __________________________________________ Date: _________________

Sentence Stems
Directions: Complete each statement.

1. Three things I have in common with my friend are ______

_____________________________________________

_____________________________________________ .

2. Zach said that the old house was mysterious because

_____________________________________________

_____________________________________________ .

3. Some games I am familiar with are _________________

_____________________________________________

_____________________________________________ .

4. My ordinary Saturday schedule is to _________________

_____________________________________________

_____________________________________________ .

5. Something unusual that interests me is ______________

_____________________________________________

_____________________________________________ .

6. One weird talent I have is _________________________

_____________________________________________

_____________________________________________ .

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Write About It!


Directions: Read the prompt. Then, write a response. Underline the new
vocabulary you use in your response.

Word Bank
common familiar mysterious
ordinary unusual weird

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

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