A Dog's Life Vocabulary Boosters
- Grades: 3–5
Use these 20 vocabulary words from A Dog's Life for your weekly list, daily word study, or spelling exercises.
(Note: these are in the order they appear in the book)
1. predator (pred-uh-tur)
An animal that lives by hunting other animals for food. Lions, sharks, and hawks are predators.
2. investigate (in-vess-tuh-gate)
If you investigate something, such as a crime, you fnd out as much as possible about it.
3. consider (kuhn-sid-ur)
- To think about something carefully before deciding what to do.
- To believe that something is true. Shelley considers school to be a waste of time.
- To take something into account. We must consider Danny's feelings.
4. abandon (uh-ban-duhn)
- To leave forever.
- To give up.
5. wary (wair-ee)
Cautious and careful. Danny is always very wary of dogs.
6. scramble (skram-buhl)
- To climb over rocks or hills.
- To rush or struggle to get somewhere or something. Jessica scrambled to get to the front row.
- To mix up or mix together. Scramble the letters in the game.
- To alter an electronic signal so that it requires a special receiver to decode the message. The cable television company scrambled its signal so that only subscribers could receive it.
7. emerge (i-murj)
If you emerge from somewhere, you come out into the open.
8. haunch (hawnch)
The hip, buttock, and upper thigh of an animal or person.
9. menace (men-iss)
A threat or a danger. Drunk drivers are a menace to everyone else on the road.
10. rabid (rab-id)
- Affected with rabies, an often fatal disease that can affect humans, dogs, bats, and other warm-blooded animals. Rabies is caused by a virus that attacks the brain and spinal cord and is spread by the bite of an infected animal.
- Extremely violent.
- Going to extreme lengths in expressing or pursuing a feeling, interest, or opinion.
11. retreat (ri-treet)
To move back or withdraw from a difficult situation. The enemy retreated into the woods.
12. venture (ven-chur)
To put yourself at risk by doing something daring or dangerous. The explorers ventured cautiously into the dense jungle.
13. desperate (dress-pur-it)
- If you are desperate, you will do anything to change your situation.
- Dangerous or difficult, as in a desperate act.
14. asphalt (ass-fawlt)
A black, tarlike substance that is mixed with sand and gravel and then rolled flat to make roads.
15. independent (in-di-pen-duhnt)
Free from the control of other people or things. The colonists wanted to be independent of England.
16. scrounge (skrounj)
- To get things from people without paying. Can I scrounge a sandwich from you?
- To get or collect things with difficulty. He scrounged up enough money to pay for lunch.
17. stalk (stawk)
To hunt or track a person or an animal in a quiet, secret way. The leopard stalked its prey.
18. vicious (vish-uhss)
- Cruel and mean, as in vicious lies.
- Evil or wicked, as in a vicious crime.
- Fierce or dangerous, as in a vicious dog.
19. contraption (kuhn-trap-shuhn)
A strange or odd device or machine.
20. instinct (in-stingkt)
Behavior that is natural rather than learned. Ducks swim by instinct.