A New MYSTERY PUZZLE!
Don't you love a challenge and a mystery?
My students do too. And I appreciate a challenge that peaks their natural curiosity and engages some critical thinking skills. I have added a new element to this by making nine non-descript pieces which will come together to form a mystery image!
This activity can reinforce your lessons in roots of Latin and Greek!
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?
Taking the challenge up a step, this booklet offers nine (9) pages of colored mystery boxes. Students color according to the key guiding them towards specific root meanings, or prefixes and suffixes.
It goes something like this:
These worksheets are designed to reveal one part of a hidden picture 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 cool part is that they must complete ALL 9 pages and then those pages will be cut out and form the puzzle pieces to combine and make a fall picture (scarecrow in a cornfield with 2 crows!)
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 root word boxes that are related to a number (uni, bi, tri, etc) will be asked to be colored one specific color, while roots with an earth or life (geo, terra, luna, astro, etc.) meaning will be colored another color; and words categorized by roots with only suffixes will be directed to yet another color, and roots with only prefixes will be different. One page even has roots with two suffixes! Some of the roots will be related to human body parts like manu for hand; or cardio for heart! And so forth... until the puzzle piece is done, the on to the next one! When all 9 are complete they will cut them out and fit them together to make a picture.
The KEY is color coded, so printing in color is best. However, I also included the text of each color so that you can also print in black and white!
In conclusion, the students will be asked to use their minds and create a puzzle based on their knowledge and understanding of Latin and Greek roots.
So give this activity a try and see if your students enjoy a puzzle mystery!