Greek & Latin Roots Activities – 10 Lessons to APPLY Affixes

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Learning piles of roots and their definitions is a great accomplishment, but have you ever wanted more than just rote memorization and listing words?

The CCSS standards regarding Greek and Latin affixes ask us to “USE common, grade- appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word”(L.7.4b, caps mine). So if you’re ready to APPLY these roots and start putting them in context, look no further!

This set of TEN kid-approved activities engages ALL learners and brings students up from just memorizing into critical thinking. They each only take one class period to complete, so they can function as review, challenge, SUB PLANS, or sparking student interest at ANY phase of learning.

All 10 are designed to be FUN for students so they can be assessed without vocabulary practice feeling like work! EACH activity is embedded with a rubric that you can use in a formative or summative manner, based on how you integrate them into your unit of study.

This 26- page download includes the following activities:

1. ACE THE TEST: students apply affixes to 26 common SAT words to discover that they know more than they realize!
2. ROSETTA STONE: students decode Spanish words that also use Greek/Latin affixes, helping them understand Romance languages and the value of learning roots!
3. GREEK IN THE NEWS: students search news websites for affix-laden words in action and analyze them.
4. FACT OR FICTION: students analyze the affixes hidden in Harry Potter names and vocabulary!
5. THE ROOT INDUSTRY: students uncover affixes “at work” in the terminology of careers.
6. ONCE UPON AN AFFIX: students compete to tell a story using as many affix-laden words as possible.
7. INVENT-A-WORD: student teams create “inventions” and name them using affixes in the titles.
8. MIND-EXPLODING VOCAB: students identify and unpack everyday words that have affixes “hiding” inside them.
9. ROOT TREE: students draw a tree to demonstrate a root and the words that derive from it
10. TEACH ME A ROOT: students become teachers by completing graphic organizers to learn and teach a new affix.

NEW: This bundle now also contains:
• PDF copies, in addition to the editable Word docs
• 5 additional activity sheets: log-style handouts to use in a single class or across a quarter/semester, such as noticing affix-laden words used in books, etc.!

These activities directly address CCSS standards for grades 6-8 (L.6.4b, L.7.4b, L.8.4b), BUT these are also relevant for high school vocabulary!

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Last File Update: June 2015

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Greek & Latin Roots Activities – 10 Lessons to APPLY Affixes
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