"How to Be an Entrepreneur"
This song includes eighth grade vocabulary words that students are likely to encounter on state tests. It teaches the following words: abet, atrocity, caption, deploy, discern, evolve, exemplify, fastidious, feasible, inventive, minimize, perspective, rebuke, sporadic and voracious. In this song, Flocabulary’s founders share advice about entrepreneurship. These young entrepreneurs had to defeat a lot of barriers to make their dreams a reality. Find out how you can do the same thing!
Step one: Learn to discern between
A good idea and a hair-brained scheme.
Be inventive, create new things,
‘Cause new inventions will get you paid real big.
Two: Keep your enemies next to you,
In your perspective and your view.
You better rebuke and criticize those foes
Who want to step. "Where?" All up on your toes.
Three: Don’t get greedy like monopoly,
It could turn evil like an atrocity.
And don’t work from time to time, sporadically,
That plan’s got holes like a cavity.
Four: Be a voracious reader, read more books,
No weirdo stuff, you’ll get zero bucks.
Five: Be a strong leader to exemplify,
And show your people how to live their lives.
Your enemies are the competition, so listen:
Deploy your troops, get ‘em in position.
Six: You can eat Chex Mix, but don’t mix checks, dude,
Get someone to support and abet you.
When you do math, be fastidious,
Pay mad attention to math equations.
Seven: Can’t do it? "Nope." Not feasible?
You can’t fly to the moon in a station wagon.
If you can’t hear the TV you need some captions,
Those words below, take it from your captain.
Step eight: You must evolve and change,
Like a chimpanzee to a human being.
Step nine: I make rhymes, but I minimize the times it takes,
Keep it small like a model’s waist.
Ten: Stack paper, but give some back
To those who have less, they can live on that.
Greed can be stinky like manure,
This is how to be an entrepreneur…
You'll learn these words: abet, atrocity, caption, discern, deploy, evolve, exemplify, fastidious, feasible, inventive, minimize, perspective, rebuke, sporadic, voracious.
to detect or perceive as separate and distinct
The students were able to discern that their teacher was not happy with them after she read the notes left by her substitute.
Synonyms: distinguish, differentiate
Antonyms: disregard, overlook
Valerie was an inventive fashion designer and often won awards for her unique clothing designs.
Synonyms: artistic, innovative
Other forms: As you probably know, an inventor (noun) invents (verb) inventions (noun).
a view, or a mental view or outlook
From my perspective at the back of the classroom, it looked as if Joey was using notes to cheat on the test.
to criticize sharply or disapprove of
Mother rebuked George for beheading his sister's doll.
Synonyms: berate, admonish, reprimand
Other forms: Rebuke is also a noun meaning "a criticism or admonishment" as in: The police officer gave the teenager a sharp rebuke for speeding in a residential area.
an appalling condition; the act of being shockingly cruel or inhumane
The biggest atrocity of the war was the horrible treatment of women and children in the prison camps.
Other forms: Sadly, the kids at the orphanage were sleeping in atrocious (adj) beds of filth, lice and stains.
not happening often; occasional
Mary experiences sporadic moments of happy memories of her late husband.
Synonyms: scattered, spotty, infrequent
Antonyms: steady, continuous, frequent
Other forms: The bride sporadically (adverb) placed rose petals up and down the aisle of the church.
marked by a large appetite for food or an activity
Timothy was such a voracious reader that the librarian let him check out more than the allowable number of books.
Synonyms: avid, unquenchable, insatiable
Antonyms: quenched, satisfied, indifferent
to show by example, or to be an example of
Our student body president tries to exemplify the characteristics of a good leader and friend.
Synonyms: demonstrate, display
to spread out or move into a position of readiness
If the landing gear doesn't deploy on time, the plane will crash on the runway.
Other forms: The large deployment (noun) of troops to Iraq meant that the war was not over yet.
to assist, encourage or support, usually in some wrongdoing
Bonnie Parker helped aid and abet Clyde Barrow in dozens of crimes during the Great Depression.
Other forms: An abettor, or abetter (noun) assists another in some sort of
demanding, painstaking or hard to please
Bruno is a fastidious cleaner because he sweeps, mops and vacuums his entire house daily.
Synonyms: careful, meticulous, discriminating
capable of being accomplished; possible
Although it's not feasible to become a dragon, Jason certainly had a fun time dressing up and pretending to be one.
Antonyms: impossible, unlikely
an explanation or description for a picture
Daphne did not read the caption under the cartoon, so she did not get its meaning.
Other forms: Caption can also be a verb meaning "to entitle something," as in: The yearbook editor asked us to caption each and every photograph.
to develop over time or gradually
Over the next two weeks, the seeds we planted in science class will evolve into different types of plants.
Synonyms: emerge, grow, metamorphose
Other forms: A popular video on the Internet features a man showing the evolution (noun) of dance.
to reduce to the smallest amount
Luke's doctor tried to minimize the amount of pain he felt following his knee surgery.
Synonyms: downplay, diminish, lessen
Antonyms: enhance, exaggerate, maximize
Other forms: The smallest amount is the minimum (noun).
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