This song includes sixth grade vocabulary words that students are likely to encounter on state tests. It teaches the following words: abundant, beacon, clarity, consent, convenient, cultivate, deteriorate, evolve, exclude, idiom, legislation, reluctant, subordinate, trait and verdict. In this song, find out what happens when Joe scores a date with the most popular girl at school. It doesn’t exactly go as planned!
This next one's going out to, uh, Lisa,
The most popular girl in school.
This one's for you. Check it!
I’m JOE, spell the word in all caps,
I’m the biggest nerd in the World of Warcraft.
I’m not popular, I get excluded and left out,
Whenever the popular kids go out. "Yo, Emily!"
I’ve tried to cultivate a sense of fashion,
Make my style grow, but, um, nothing happened.
Here’s an idiom: I’m over the top,
I’ve got a crush on Lisa, she’s totally hot.
Would she go out with me? Totally not.
She’s so popular that she only dates jocks. "Sup, man?"
I was reluctant to pass her a note, hesitating,
What if her friends saw, and made it a joke?
But Lisa’s bright like a guiding light, a beacon,
I approached hardly breathing.
I said, "I know I’m subordinate to you, lower in rank,
But, um, I wanted to know if you wanted to think
About going to Red Lobster to eat up some shrimp,
With me, plus unlimited salad and bread sticks?"
I waited for her decision, her verdict,
She mumbled something, I hardly heard it.
I said, "I didn’t hear you, Lisa, what did you say?"
She said, "Sure...we can go on a date."
Oh man, could it really be?
The most popular girl is dating me!
Lisa, you’re hotter than a piece of pizza,
Please believe, uh, I would never leave ya.
I don’t know, Joe, I don’t really think so,
I’m more popular at school than cell phones. (x2)
So Lisa had consented and agreed, "Yes!"
To get picked up at a quarter to three.
I saw Lisa come out of her house from afar,
And I thought of what to say when she got in the car:
"Lisa, they should have passed a law,
Some legislation against being so hot."
The Red Lobster was convenient, easy to reach,
So five minutes later, we were taking a seat.
We ordered lots of food, it was abundant,
So much of it, we were loving it.
Now for me, my manners have evolved,
Changed over the years, as I’ve gotten tall.
But Lisa had a bad quality, a bad trait,
She kept her mouth wide open when she ate.
I saw shrimp, potato salad, Diet Coke and some coleslaw,
She went for another bite, but hold on.
I don’t want to see food chewed when you chew seafood
So when you chew, keep your mouth shut, dude.
It’s not cool, Miss Popular, it’s so gross, "Ew!"
If you’ve never seen this girl eat, then you don’t know.
Our relationship fell apart
And deteriorated quick after just one date.
But from that date, I got some clarity, "Ding!"
Seeing her food made me see that she wasn’t for me.
Yo Joe, you’re hotter than a hot plate,
You just took me on a hot date.
Well, like a summer doesn’t need a heater, I don’t need ya,
Like Evita told Argentina, don’t cry for me, Lisa. (x2)
You'll learn these words: exclude, cultivate, idiom, reluctant, beacon, subordinate, verdict, consented, legislation, convenient, abundant, evolved, trait, deteriorated and clarity.
to purposefully leave something out or reject
I hate when my best friend hangs out with her boyfriend; I feel so excluded.
Antonyms: to include, welcome
Other forms: Something that keeps most people out is exclusive (adj), like an exclusive party that only celebrities go to.
to grow and care for
Dad cultivated my love of music by playing new CDs for me.
Synonyms: to tend to, develop, nurture
a phrase or saying, usually unique to a particular language
"Don't forget to stop and smell the roses" was my mom's favorite idiom.
not willing to take action
The sisters were reluctant to smile for the camera.
Synonyms: resistant, hesitant
Antonyms: eager, excited, enthusiastic
Other forms: Someone who is reluctant shows their reluctance (noun).
a guiding light or signal
The lighthouse served as a beacon to the sailors at sea.
Synonyms: warning, sign of hope
below something else, usually in rank or in an organization
The soldiers in the military class were subordinate to the captain.
Synonyms: lesser, lower, inferior
Antonyms: above, superior
Other forms: Subordinate can also be a noun meaning "someone who is lower in rank to someone else".
a firm decision
The judge's verdict was firm, and we knew we were in trouble.
agreement or approval
The four men showed their consent by shaking hands and smiling.
Synonyms: permission, endorsement
Other forms: Someone can consent (verb) or agree to something.
a law or set of laws
New legislation in the town kept us from skateboarding at the mall.
Other forms: A lawmaker can be known as a legislator (noun).
easy and suitable to a particular situation
Prepackaged deli meats and cheeses makes packing lunch so convenient.
Antonyms: difficult, inconvenient
Other forms: Something that is easy and suitable is a convenience (noun): Having indoor plumbing sure is a convenience.
plenty, more than enough
The plants were abundant in the forest, not like in the city.
Other forms: Something easily found is found in abundance (noun)
to grow or change over time
Skeletons show how humans evolved from apes.
Synonyms: to change, develop, advance
a quality or characteristic
The fact that he treated animals well was one of his best traits.
to fall apart, usually gradually or over time
Edgar loved sugary soda, but knew it would deteriorate his teeth
Other forms: The falling apart, or deterioration (noun), of the house happened slowly.
the state of being clear and straightforward
Seeing a therapist like Sigmund Freud gave me a lot of clarity about my life.
Other forms: If you clear something up, you clarify (verb) it.
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