Teach the Latin and Greek root words of earth science vocabulary with these task cards and practice worksheets
. 90% of science vocabulary is based on Latin and Greek root words, so if you focus on the science vocabulary root words, the rest of the science vocabulary will take care of itself. The root words used on the cards were chosen to support your units on:
Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils
Task cards are an excellent way to engage your students in vocabulary study. They are so versatile! They can be used individually, in pairs, or in small group work. They can be used by students at their own desks, or be used at stations, or used for a “gallery stroll” where students move around the room to read the task cards and answer the questions from them. You can use them for practice, or as a quick and easy vocabulary assessment. And they make a perfect substitute teacher activity!
These task cards are not just recall of definitions. They require that students learn the meaning of the root word and apply it to unfamiliar vocabulary or to make inferences about the meaning of science vocabulary.
You can use just the task cards for the unit you are currently teaching, or use them all to introduce your students to the roots of earth science vocabulary. Then use the two worksheets to give students practice in applying their knowledge of the roots to make connections between science and vocabulary that they will see in other settings.
36 (Double Sided) Task Cards
Ideas for the using the cards
Student Answer Sheets (two versions) for the task card questions
An answer key for the task card questions
Two different practice worksheets
Answer keys for the practice worksheets.
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Many thanks to Renee Goularte for the beautiful Earth Tones Digital Paper
used on these task cards.
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