absorb [absorb] v.
To absorb a liquid means to take it inside.
-* He used a sponge to absorb the water on the floor.
C bOSS [bo(:)s] n.
A boss is a person in charge of other people at work.
—My boss is a nice person.
r committee [kemfti] n.
A committee is a group of people who meet together to make decisions.
-*■The school’s committee agreed on a new dress code for students.
r contract [kantraekt] n.
A contract is a written agreement between two people.
-» The woman signed a contract when she bought the house.
r crew [kru:] n.
A crew is a group of workers.
-*■My father has a crew. They help him build houses.
r devote [divout] v.
To devote time to something means to spend a lot of time doing it.
-*■She devotes two hours a day to playing the piano.
r dig [dig] *
To dig is to make a hole in the ground.
-*■My dog digs in the yard so he can hide his bones.
r dine [dain] v.
To dine means to eat dinner.
-» The young couple dined at their home.
r donate [douneit] v.
To donate is to give something to a charity or organization.
-* We donate money to Christmas charities every year.
r double [dAbal] adj.
If something is double, it is twice as much, or twice as many.
-♦I paid almost double the amount for that shirt.
elevate [elaveit]v.
To elevate something is to put it at a higher level.
-* The man elevated the picture so he could see it better.
r flavor [fleivar]n.
A flavor is the taste of food or drinks.
-+The flavor of the ice cream was very good.
r foundation[faund eija n] n.
A foundation is a group that provides money for research.
-*■ The foundation raised money to give scholarships to students.
r generation[d3e n a re ija n ] n.
A generation is a group of people who live at the same time.
-»My grandparents are from a different generation than me.
r handle[haendl] n.
A handle is the part of an object people hold while using it.
-> The pot is very hot. So pick it up by the handle.
r layer [leiax]n.
A layer covers over something or is between two things.
-*■There was a layer of snow on the tops of the houses this morning.
r mud[m Ad] n.
Mud is soft, wet dirt.
-»My brother played rugby in the mud. Now he’s dirty.
r smooth [smu:6]a.
If something is smooth, it has no bumps.
-* The baby’s skin felt very smooth.
r soil [soil]n.
Soil is the top layer of land on the Earth.
-►The boy planted flowers in the soil and watered them every day.
r unique ijumk]adj.
If people or things are unique, they are not like the others.
-*■Her dog is unique. I’ve never seen one quite like it.

The Lucky Knife
I’ve devoted my life to studying past generations. Last year, I had a unique
chance to work with my uncle. Our job was to find old treasures for a school’s
history foundation. He also hired a crew of students. They signed a contract to
work with him. He was the boss. The place was strange, though. I dined on many
things that I had never tasted before. They had an unusual flavor.
We had been there about a month and hadn’t found anything. One day, I
began to dig in the soil. The ground’s layers got wetter. Soon I was digging in
the mud. My shovel began to get very heavy. It felt like it had doubled in weight
because the ground had absorbed a lot of water.
Finally, I saw something in the mud. It was an old knife! The handle felt
smooth in my hand. I elevated it so I could see it better. There was writing on it.
“It says it will bring good luck,” my uncle said with a smile. “Why don’t you
keep it?”
I put it in my tent. The next day, we found many more things. There were pots,
jewelry and weapons. My uncle donated all of the things to a special committee.
Many newspapers wrote stories about it. It seemed the knife really did bring
good luck!