Your Healthy Start Academy Web Words of the Week

Do you know that you hear up to 11 million words a year? What would happen if you learn them all? WOW! Why not? Let’s make this fun. We’ll add a new word each week. Use them as you visit with your family and friends.

We want you to learn three things:

  • how to spell your word,
  • what it means, and
  • how to use it in a sentence.

You may ask a sister, brother as well as any older student or adult to help you learn the word. Practice it in the halls. Use it in conversations with strangers.

We’ll have a contest that lasts all school year. In this contest, you earn reward points every time you learn a new word. Want to play?


Do you want to play Web Words of the Week? Super!

  1. Learn to spell your word, know what it means, and practice using that word in sentences.
  2. Once you know this word, click ENTER below. Follow directions on the form and press send.

You will win a prize every time you play. Plus, if you play with us every week, your family will be in a drawing at the end of the year for a BIG prize. (How about a 50” TV?)

How fun is this?

Are you in Kindergarten?

This week, your word is:

Next means:

  • coming after this one.
  • on the first or soonest occasion after now.
  • following in a specified order.
Other words that mean the same: following, upcoming; after, afterwards, later
Here are some sentences that use the word.
We’ll see you next Monday.
You won’t believe the next thing that happened!
Who’s next? (Who is the next person in line?)
We could hear them talking in the next room.
At the next light, turn left.
Next year’s party will be even better.
Next time, please remember to bring your book to class.
I need the next size up.
Jamal is the next oldest after me.

Are you in First Grade?

This week, your word is:

usual and usually
Usual means done, found, or used most of the time.
Usually means under normal conditions.
Other words and phrases that mean the same:
normally, generally, routinely, as a rule, in general, more often than not
Here are some sentences that use the word.
He usually arrives home about four o’clock.
She paid less than the usual price.
I took my usual route to school.
My room is usually neat, but today it’s a mess.
As usual, they were late.

Are you in Second Grade?

This week, your word is:

Conclusion means

  • the last part of something.
  • a final decision.
Other words and phrases that mean the same:
end, ending, finish, result, settlement, completion, outcome
Here are some sentences that use the word.
What led you to that conclusion?
We waited patiently for the conclusion of the program.
Officials announced the conclusion of the trade agreement.
The evidence does not support her conclusions.

Third Grade

This week, your word is:

Frequently means often, regularly, or habitually.
Words and phrases that mean the same:
regularly, often, routinely, repeatedly, lots of times, again and again
Here are some sentences that use the word.
We visit my grandmother frequently.
I frequently have headaches that make me ill.
My aunt frequently drops in without warning.

Fourth Grade

This week, your word is:

Typical means

  • having the normal qualities of a particular type of person or thing.
  • happening in the usual way.

  • representative, usual, natural, true to form, habitual, predictable
  • normal, ordinary, regular, routine, conventional, commonplace

  • unusual, abnormal, uncharacteristic, atypical
Here are some sentences that use the words.
This mirror is a typical example of art deco design.
Tuesday was a fairly typical day for me, and then everything changed!
It’s typical of him to forget your birthday.
It was a typical Sunday dinner at our house – packed with hungry relatives.
Notes about Synonyms

Regular, normal, typical, and natural all mean being of the sort or kind that is expected as usual, ordinary, or average.
Regular stresses conformity to a rule, standard, or pattern – the club’s regular monthly meeting.
Normal implies lack of deviation from what has been discovered or established as the most usual or expected – normal behavior for a two­year­old.
Typical implies showing all important traits of a type, class, or group and may suggest lack of strong individuality – a typical small town.
Natural applies to what conforms to a thing’s essential nature, function, or mode of being – the natural love of a mother for her child.

Fifth Grade

This week, you will learn two words that are opposites:

Transition (n) means the process of changing from one state or condition to another.
Synonyms: change, passage, move, transformation, shift, switch, segue
Sentences that use the word:
The transition from childhood to adulthood is sometimes difficult.
Summer school can help ease the transition from one grade to the next.
We hope to have a smooth transition when the new president takes over.
Other Specialized Meanings

In music, transition is a momentary modulation from one key to another.
In writing, a transition is a passage that smoothly connects two topics or sections to each other.
In math, a transition curve is a curve of constantly changing radius, used to connect a circular
arc to a straight line or to an arc of different curvature.
In chemistry, a transition point is the set of conditions of temperature and pressure at which
different phases of the same substance can be in equilibrium.
In physics, transition identifies the change of an atom, nucleus, electron, etc., from one quantum state to another, with emission or absorption of radiation.

Sixth Grade

This week, your word is:

justify and justification
elaborate (verb)
Justify (v) means to show or prove to be right or reasonable.
Synonyms: explain, defend, vindicate, warrant, account for, answer for
Justification (n) means the action of showing something to be right or reasonable.
Synonyms: grounds, reason, basis, rationale, premise, defense, vindication
Examples of use:
They must justify their decision to cancel the program.
The complexity of the situation justified further investigation.
Can you justify your conclusions with factual evidence?
She spoke in justification of their decision.
We cannot find any justification for such a large increase in price.
There is simply no justification for your rude behavior.
He has fully justified our confidence in selecting him.

Seventh Grade

This week, your related words are:

contradict and contradictory
Contradict (v) means to deny the truth of a statement, especially by asserting the opposite.
Synonyms: deny, rebut, dispute, challenge, controvert, argue against, challenge
Antonyms: confirm, corroborate, support
Contradictory (adj)means mutually opposed or inconsistent; containing elements that are inconsistent or in conflict.
Synonyms: opposed, in opposition, contrary, contrasting, conflicting, at odds,
Antonyms: agreed, in agreement
Examples of use:
He contradicted himself three times within five minutes.
Nobody dared to contradict her.
This research contradicts earlier findings.
This research is contradictory to earlier findings.
Their attitudes are so contradictory that they cannot work well together.
Our contradictory accounts of what happened only confused the situation.

Eighth Grade

This week, your word is:

valid and validity
Valid (adj) means:

  • having a sound basis in logic or fact.
  • legally or officially acceptable.


  • well founded, reasonable, rational, logical, justifiable, defensible, viable
  • lawful, legally binding, legitimate, official
Validity (n) means:

  • the quality of being logically or factually sound.
  • the state of being legally or officially binding.


  • soundness, cogency
  • legally binding, official
  • Examples of use:
    She made a valid point in objecting to our plan.
    This report contains valid information about the benefits of the product.
    The scientists questioned the validity of our information.
    The travel visas are valid for only thirty days.
    I cannot dispute the validity of her objections.

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