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In J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, the spells use many word parts that reveal their meanings. It's not hard to figure out how locomotor mortis (or the "leg-locking curse") would keep a person from locomoting very well (especially if you remember what mort means).

Many of these words have both concrete and abstract meanings. This can be confusing. It can also demonstrate the relationship between concrete objects and abstract ideas, which is just a few steps short of understanding the concept of "symbolism" in literature and poetry. A "motor" can be an object that makes things move -- or it can be a word to describe motion ("fine motor skills"). "Remote" was originally an adjective, but now is used to describe the object from which we remotely control something.


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. Of or relating to travel
2. A self-propelled vehicle that runs on rails and is used for moving railroad cars (a steam locomotive)

A locomotive

How do you think the "locomotive" got its name?


to move about (animals locomote; trees don't)

someone locomoting

What are three ways to locomote?


To find, place or indicate where something is (locate a missing person, locate a house in a certain town)

Someone trying to locate something

What are three different ways to locate three different things?


To put out of place; to separate a bone from its usual connection with another bone (dislocated shoulders, knees and fingers).

What is a sport where you might dislocate a bone? How might it happen?


of or relating to a certain place or the area around you (the local schools, a local doctor)

a local map

What are three local businesses?


to locate again; to establish in a new place (relocated refugees from a war; relocate yourself when your family moves)

something being relocated

What are three reasons you might have to relocate something?


to set aside or designate for a special reason (allocate money for books, allocate food to children)

What are three things you would like to be in charge of allocating, besides money?


location, especially connected to a certain event (the locale for the buzzard festival)

something in your locale

What are two interesting things about your locale?

Complete these sentences with the "loc" word that fits. Be sure to mix these sentences with words learned in previous lessons.

locomotives locate dislocated locomote relocate allocated locale local

1. Ron and Hermione had been practicing the Leg-locker Curse, or locomotor mortis, so that anybody who tried to hurt Harry Potter would not be able to _________________________

2. We will have to _________________________________ these desks and books until the basement dries out.

3. Each student was _____________________________________ $5 to buy food on the field trip.

4. It took two steam ___________________________ to haul the train of railroad cars.

5. This ________________________ is famous for its French restaurants.

6. Brenda _______________________________ her finger playing volleyball.

7. I am trying very hard to ____________________________ a bicycle that my sister will like.

8. I went to all of the ______________________ bike shops, but it looks like I will have to check out of town shops, too.


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