Etymology Station using trans- and tele-
History Standard: 8.6c: Improved technology, such as the steam engine and telegraph made transportation and communication faster and easier. Later developments in transportations and communication technology had an effect on communities, the state, and the world.
ELA Standard: R.H.7.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Purpose Setting Statement – Scholars will be able to summarize how communication has evolved by engaging in stations.
Learning Targets – Station 1: SWBAT explain how two words with different prefixes relate and how two words with the same prefix differ.
How to Engage:
1. Have players sit in pairs or triads.
2. Then give players a set of etymology cards.
3. The youngest player represents prefixes/suffixes and is given all of the blue cards.
The next scholar (the second youngest) represents the root word and is given all of the pink cards.
4. The oldest player represents the definitions and is given all of the yellow cards.
5. Begin play with the oldest player, who is in charge of the definitions. This player will read aloud the definition.
6. After the player has read the definition, the players with the green and blue cards work together to make the word that matched the definition. At this point the definition player monitors their creation of the word and makes sure the created word matches the definition.
7. Continue this until all words have been created.
8. Then present players with and read aloud a short passage that uses all of the words they have been working with.
9. Players work together to check and change their words using clues from the passage.
Variation/Extension to the Game:
• Have scholars illustrate or create a symbol that represents each word.
• If scholars work in partnerships, have them take turns reading definitions and each one is responsible for either roots or prefixes/suffixes.
How to assess their understanding:
Choose 2 of your created words and explain how their roots, suffixes or prefixes relate to one another. Then, explain how their definitions differ.