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Greek & Latin Roots Card Game "Build A Word" Prefixes, Root Words, & Suffixes

Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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30 pages
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Build A Word Card Game: Greek & Latin Prefixes, Root Words, & Suffixes

Are you looking for an educational game to help support learning Greek and Latin affixes and roots? Build A Word is an original, rummy-style card game that reinforces 8 prefixes, 8 roots, and 8 suffixes. Students of morphology will enjoy playing this game.

In Build A Word, 2-4 players attempt to build words and score the most points. Players need to use strategy in order to build longer words, as longer words score more points.

In test play with my children (10 and 14 years old), I noticed that they did not really understand how to build different forms of a word. For example, it wasn't easy for my 10 year old to change instruct to instruction.

In order to enjoy the game, it is really important that students have some background in the roots. A Word Family Card is included for each key word that can be built in this game. (See preview for pictures.) These cards can be used to teach each the word family and then hung for a word wall. Also, a blank vocabulary worksheet is included. Students could either save these in a binder or glue them in a vocabulary notebook.

This file includes:

1. card game

2. word family cards for word wall or instruction.

3. vocabulary worksheet for instruction.

The root words included in this game are:

1. struct

2. form

3. spect

4. do

5. sent

6. ject

7. duct

8. take

The prefixes and suffixes that are included can be used with more than one root word. Wild cards are also included in the game to facilitate word building.

I recommend this game for 4th - 6th grades.


This review game is included in a bundle of 5th grade specific test prep activities. The 5th Grade Test Prep Bundle includes four games and an FSA- style reading practice test. Buying the bundle saves you 20% off the individual purchase prices.

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The bundle includes:

Reading Practice Test Literature, Informational, Grammar 5th Grade

Vocabulary Kerplunk Review Game 5th Grade

Build A Word Affixes Card Game

Grammar & Spelling JENGA Review Game 5th Grade

ELA Game Show & Practice Review Test 5th Grade


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., belligerent, bellicose, rebel).
Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., audience, auditory, audible).
Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., photograph, photosynthesis).


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