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J3: Lev - to rise, make light in weight
In J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, the spells use many word parts that reveal their meanings. When Ron Weasley says "Wingardium Leviosa!" -- what do you think happens? The "Lev" in "leviosa" is a clue...


1. Write the word

2. Write what it means

3. Draw a picture to go with it

4. Answer the question about it.


meaning and example

what to draw

question to answer

(you may draw your answer, too)


1. a bar used for prying or moving something up (such as a crowbar or a seesaw)*

two examples of levers

What are three *more* examples of levers (this is one of the most common "simple machines" -- and one of the most useful).


a cage or platform for taking things or people up and down in a building
OR an endless belt or chain with cleats, scoops, or buckets on it, for raising things to a higher level

an elevator

What are three reasons someone migh use an elevator instead of stairs?

levee embankment built up (often along a river) to prevent or confine floods
2. a reception held by a person of distinction, upon rising from bed (or a reception, usually in honor of a particular person)*

a levee

Where are three places where you might find levees?


to raise up or go up (you should elevate an injured foot; running can elevate your heart rate)

something being elevated

What are three things that would be hard to elevate, and why?


to rise into the air, especially in seeming defiance of gravity (with no good reason) - magicians like to perform this as a trick.

Something or someone levitating

What are two things you would like to be able to levitate, and why?


1. To free from a burden or problem; to help or aid.
2. To release from a duty or position, or replace someone ("I am here to relieve you on guard duty" or "You are relieved of your job starting today.")

someone being relieved of a burden or problem

What are three times when you have been relieved from something, or felt relieved?


to lighten or make more bearable (aspirin alleviates pain; cutting your homework in half alleviates homework stress; providing good jobs can alleviate poverty)

What are two things you would like to have alleviated?


lightheartedness or silliness

Someone with levity

What are two examples of when levity would not be considered "appropriate behavior?"


1. the action of a lever, pushing something;
2. (the same idea in the abstract) - the power to make things happen ("she has a lot of leverage with him because she is his girlfriend " or "teachers use grades for leverage in getting students to do work")

What are three examples of the *abstract* form of leverage that you have experienced?

* There are other interesting but less common definitions for this word, too, which are less commonly used..

Complete these sentences with the vol or mort word that fits. Be sure to mix these sentences with words learned in previous lessons.

1. By using the "Wingardium Leviosa" spell, Hermione made a feather _____________________ a few inches from the table.

2. We used a _________________________________ to pry up the window when it got stuck

3. A _______________________________________ takes buckets of supplies to the top floor of the factory.

4. During the floods, volunteers built ___________________________ along the ivers.

5. A little bit of rain will give us some _________________________ from this dry spell.

6. Karen started to make a joke, but stopped because she realized John was not in the mood for ______________________.

7. A smile and kind words can be powerful _______________________________ .


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