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We’ve assembled some of the most surprising words imaginable! Have you ever had a draw-dropping, pulse-quickening, hair-raising, spine-tingling experience? Ever gotten unexpected good news that took your breath away? Have you ever been caught red-handed and lost your power of speech? Prepare to be thrown off-guard by these surprising words.
Look at the five words below. Choose one. Take a close look at the definition in the brief to craft a story that conveys the word’s definition. Then, make a video, of one minute or less in duration, that effectively and creatively teaches the meaning of the word you’ve chosen. Are you up to the challenge?
The five words you can choose from in this challenge are: flabbergasted, gaped, flustered, astonished, pandemonium.
Before you get started, here are the REQUIREMENTS for your video:
Sneak Attack! Some Surprising Words!
Oh. My. Gosh.
Flabbergasted is an adjective that means shocked. This word is pronounced FLAB-ber-gas-ted.
If something unexpected suddenly happened — like a helicopter landing on your front lawn — you might find yourself flabbergasted, or shocked. Someone might be flabbergasted if they suddenly saw a ghost. A pet owner would probably be flabbergasted if their cat did a perfect backflip. If the Statue of Liberty were to wink at a group of tourists, they would probably be flabbergasted.
We’re totally speechless.
Gape is a verbthat means to stare with the mouth open.
Sometimes it’s possible to be so shocked that you literally lose the power of speech! If a horse walked up to you and said, “Hello, friend,” you might gape back at him, or stare with an open mouth. A game show contestant might gape after unexpectedly winning the grand prize. A hiker probably would gape if she looks down to find a snake in her path.
Pro Tip: Gape comes from the Latin word hiare, which means to yawn.
Racing pulse? Check. Clammy hands? Check. Shallow breathing? Check.
Flustered is an adjectivethat means confused and nervous. This word is pronounced FLUS-terd.
If you unexpectedly have to give a speech to an audience of thousands, you might find yourself flustered, or confused and nervous. A politician who unexpectedly has to answer a reporter’s questions might appear flustered. Your little brother might be flustered if he is caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Your classmate might get flustered if she has to take a pop quiz on something she hasn’t studied.
Pro Tip: Flustered comes from the Icelandic word flaustra, which means hurry or bustle.
Wait a minute … WHAT?!
Astonished is an adjective that means surprised. This word is pronounced as-TAUN-ished.
You might be astonished, or surprised, to learn that you have won the lottery. A mouse would be astonished to unexpectedly find a cat staring at him. A farmer might be astonished to have a UFO land in his cornfield. Your parents could be astonished if you suddenly decided to clean your room.
Pro Tip: Astonished comes from the late Middle English word astone, which means stun or stupefy.
A total free-for-all!
Pandemonium is a nounthat means noisy, confusing disorder. This word is pronounced pan-de-MON-ee-um.
A huge group of panicked people might be described as pandemonium, or a noisy, confusing disorder. If a fire alarm suddenly went off in a crowded movie theater, the reaction of the crowd might be pandemonium. Pandemonium might break out if someone throws several hundred-dollar bills into the air in a crowded area. If a lion broke out of its cage at the zoo, it’s a good bet that pandemonium would occur.
Pro Tip: Pandemonium comes from the Greek word pandaimōn which means evil spirit.
In a video, no longer than 1 minute, you must:
Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:
Videos will be evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:
Prizes per contest vary. In most cases, a grand prize will be awarded to one video in the Under 18 category and one in the Over 18 category. Finalist videos will also receive a prize. Rules for each contest explain how and when we will notify you and the date the prizes will be announced. Prizes are awarded at Amplify’s discretion and are subject to the applicable district and school policies. Prizes for teachers may be awarded via DonorChoose.org.