Last week, Connor's robust vocabulary included the word "thickens". These words are words given to all students, intending to stretch their vocabulary. The children do not have to learn to spell the words, but they need to be able to fill-in-the-blank to demonstrate understanding of the word.
After several weeks of perfect scores, Connor finally got stumped. The sentence?
[BLANK] thickens when cooked.
He's both a picky eater and a vegetarian - so doesn't eat either oatmeal or bacon.
He took a stab with bacon (a food he has literally never seen), and was incorrect.
Context. It matters more than you might think. And no, I did not appeal the issue to the teacher.