Theme 1 Vocabulary and Spelling

Third Grade Robust Vocabulary Words:  Theme 1


Lesson 1

Ruby the Copycat




pleasant- something that is pleasant is enjoyable and makes you happy.


coincidence- a coincidence is when two things happen that seem to fit together but are not connected.


modeled- if you modeled something, you showed it so that other people could see it.


loyal- someone who is loyal stands by you in good times and bad.


recited- if you recited something, you memorized it and then spoke it aloud.


murmur- when people murmur, they speak so softly that they can hardly be heard.


trudged- if you walked slowly as though your feet were stuck in mud, you trudged.


frustrated- when you try and try to do something and cannot, then you might feel frustrated.


imitated- if you copied what someone did or said, you imitated him or her.


gushed- when you were excited about something and talked a lot about it, you gushed.



Lesson 2

The Day Eddie Met the Author



assembly- an assembly is a group of people who have gathered for a reason.


plenty- if you have plenty of something, you have more than enough.


dismiss- to dismiss is to give permission to leave.


squirmed- if you squirmed in your seat, you kept wriggling around as if you were uncomfortable.


patchwork- patchwork is cloth made by sewing together small pieces of different fabrics.


autographed- if you autographed something, you signed your name on it.


conquer- when you conquer something, such as a problem or a fear, you win against it and over come it.


resistance- when you feel resistance, you do not want something to happen.


ponder- when you ponder, you take time to think about an idea.


anticipation- when you feel anticipation, you feel excited because something is about to happen.





Lesson 3

Schools Around the World



chore- chores are small jobs that you need to do but may not enjoy.


certain- a certain thing is one particular thing.


resource- resources are materials, money, and other things that can be used.


culture- a culture is made up of a group’s customs and traditions.


tutor- a tutor is someone who helps another person with schoolwork.


uniform- uniforms are clothes that all the people in a group wear so they are dressed alike.


proper- something that is proper is the way it is supposed to be, or correct.


boarding- when you are boarding someone, you are giving that person a place to live for a while.


literacy- literacy is the ability to read and write.


diverse- if a group of things is diverse, then the individual things in the group are different from each other.

Lesson 4

Ellen Ochoa, Astronaut



talented- a talented person has the special ability to do something very well.


apply- when you apply for a job, you are asking for work.


research- research involves getting information about a question or topic.


invention- an invention is something completely new that someone has made.


hinder- when you hinder someone, you make it difficult or impossible for them to do something.


disappointed- you are disappointed if you are unhappy about the way something turned out.


persevere- you persevere when you keep trying to do something without giving up.


confidence- if you are sure that everything will work out, you have confidence.


ambitious- an ambitious person is eager to reach a goal.


attain- when you reach a goal, you attain it.

Lesson 5

The School News




viewers- viewers are people who watch something.


survive- to survive is to remain alive, even after great difficulties.


camouflage- when something has camouflage, it blends into its surroundings.


concealed- something that is concealed is covered up so it can’t be seen.


independent- a person who is independent is someone who does things on his or her own.


donated- something that has been donated has been given away for free.


media- the many ways that people communicate, including newspapers, magazines, and television, are all part of the media.


feature- when reporters do a special report on a topic, the report is called a feature.


image- an image is a picture of something or someone.


popular- something that is popular is something that many people like.





Harcourt Storytown Home-Connection

Third Grade Spelling Words: Theme 1: Lessons 1-5

Lesson 1

Ruby the Copycat


Lesson 2

The Day Eddie Met the Author

Lesson 3

Schools Around the World


Lesson 4

Ellen Ochoa, Astronaut


Lesson 5

The School News



  1. this
  2. went
  3. jump
  4. still
  5. last
  6. dust
  7. tell
  8. drop
  9. shut
  10. lamp
  11. stop
  12.  felt
  13. drink
  14. clock
  15. stand

1. saved

2. moved

3. riding

4. visiting

5. pulled

6. talking

7. walked

8. baking

9. picked

10. having

11. smiling


13. drawing

14. folded

15. laughing

1. deep

2. play

3. lean

4. glow

5. team

6. away

7. slow

8. trail

9. dream

10. stain

11. toast

12. speed

13. raise

14. sweet

15. layer

  1. ants
  2. toys
  3. flies
  4. things
  5. boxes
  6. games
  7. lines
  8. rocks
  9. wishes
  10. ladies
  11. dishes
  12. babies
  13. bushes
  14. glasses
  15. puppies

  1. clock
  2. drink
  3. moved
  4. waking
  5. hopped
  6. folded
  7. stain
  8. layer
  9. team
  10. slow
  11. toast
  12. ladies
  13. flies
  14. bushes
  15. games