Who doesn't like a good mystery?
I know that my students love a challenge and especially one that is fun. I love a challenge that peaks their curiosity, engages critical thinking, and reinforces a lesson!
Latin and Greek may be 'dead' languages, but they still live on in everyday words that we use in our reading and writing. Studying the Roots, prefixes, suffixes and even how compound words are used is both helpful and expands their minds! In addition, it also meets some core standards and state standards. Not bad, is it?
This worksheet is designed to reveal a hidden lighthouse once the students follow the directions and color in each box. Each box is identical in size, so no cheating and 'seeing' the image before the work is done.
The directions need to be followed in order for success.They are color coded for some of your students who may need that extra help.
For example, all compound word boxes will be asked to be colored one specific color, while words with only a root will be colored tan; and words categorized by roots with only suffixes will be directed to color blue, and roots with only prefixes will be green. And so forth... until the lighthouse emerges.
* I did develop one set of directions that are a wee bit more challenging, I have color coded the directions word with different colors- so when a box should be colored red (such as when a word contains both a suffix and a prefix), the directions will say "RED", but font on the paper will be in blue colors. So you would need to print your directions in colored ink if you want to further challenge your kiddos.. This may prevent some of your speed skimmers from going too fast!
In conclusion, the students will be asked to use a minimum of three of the words used in the puzzle in a sentence. Challenge them to use more! Who knows where their creativity will land. Might make a great little story if you are able to put them all together in a class display!
So give this activity a try and see if your students enjoy a mystery!