I love teaching Greek and Latin roots. English can be a confusing, self-contradictory language. Word meanings sometimes make no sense at all. Greek and Latin roots (also called stems, forms, and morphology) help with vocabulary acquisition because they make sense. They are the building blocks of 70% of English words. Aquatic, polygon, reciprocal, medieval, omniscient, biology - the list goes on and on - all these words contain one or even two Greek or Latin roots. If our students know the meaning of Greek and Latin roots, they can make an educated guess at the meaning of unfamiliar words they come across in books and tests.
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I've been using this unit in my classes for many years. What I like best about is it's easy to implement. There's no memory games that require copying, cutting, distributing, and cleaning up. All the information the students need to complete the unit is on one piece of paper: The 84 Most Common Greek and Latin Roots on 1 Page. All printables, including the crosswords, are one-page. No stapling is required.
The heart of the unit, two 180-slide PowerPoints, work in a way similar to Flash cards: students memorize the meaning of roots by looking at photos, illustrations, and animations and associating them with specific Greek and Latin roots. The PowerPoint-based flash cards are easy to use and reuse again and again, whenever you want. Once students know how the process works, you can work them into the class schedule at the drop of a hat.
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This unit is built with memorization in mind. This unit is not about "covering" a topic. It's about knowing it, mastering it, committing the Greek and Latin roots to memory permanently so your students can draw on the knowledge life-long.
The Greek and Latin roots unit includes:
1. The Greek and Latin Roots Introduction PowerPoint-Mega Version
2. The Greek and Latin Roots Introduction PowerPoint-Mini Version
3. The Greek and Latin Roots Introduction PowerPoints Guided Notes/Quiz and Key
4. The 84 Most Common Greek and Latin Roots on 1 Page
5. The Greek and Latin Roots Art Book Lesson Plan
6. The 42 Most Common Greek Roots Flash Cards (PowerPoint)
7. The 42 Most Common Latin Roots Flash Cards (PowerPoint)
8. Words Made From Greek Roots Flash Cards (PowerPoint)
9. Words Made From Latin Roots Flash Cards (PowerPoint)
10. The 42 Most Common Greek Roots Crossword (5 keys)
11. The 42 Most Common Latin Roots Crossword (5 keys)
12. Words Made from The 42 Most Common Greek Roots - Crossword (5 Keys)
13. Words Made from The 42 Most Common Latin Roots - Crossword (5 Keys)
14. More Words Made from The 42 Most Common Greek Roots - Crossword (5 Keys)
15. More Words Made from The 42 Most Common Latin Roots - Crossword (5 Keys)
16. Words Made from The 42 Most Common Greek Roots – Word Search (20 keys)
17. Words Made from The 42 Most Common Latin Roots – Word Search (20 keys)
18. The 42 Most Common Greek Roots Test and Test Key
19. The 42 Most Common Latin Roots Test and Test Key
20. Unit Instructions and Notes for the Teacher
Many of the Greek and Latin root units out there just introduce students to roots and "go over" a few of them. This unit goes beyond that. After your students have finished with this unit on Greek and Latin roots, they will have memorized the meaning of the eighty four Greek and Latin roots that show up most often in English words. The unit includes everything you need to teach important Greek and Latin roots, and test their knowledge, including tests, quizzes, and answer keys. By the time your students are finished with this unit, they will have memorized the meanings of these eighty-four common Greek and Latin roots. As a result, they will be able to figure out the meaning of thousands of English words.
Another thing that makes this unit on Greek and Latin roots unique is that it is easy to implement. You won't need to spend a lot of time at the copy machine. All the students need is one handout and a notebook. No need to make a trip to the copy machine or pass out printables. Just say "quiz time," tell students to get out paper and a pencil, and show the quiz. After the quiz, I have them trade and grade and turn in. It's ideal for end of the period minutes when students start to get restless. The crosswords are challenging and fun. The interactive notebook component goes beyond just pasting and coloring and asks students to actually draw their own image to relate to a Greek and Latin root. This method gives students a more lasting and meaningful connection to the root.
Roots of Success - Word Wall of Greek and Latin Roots
The Common Core Standards call for students in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades to be able to use knowledge of Greek and Latin roots to determine the meaning of unknown words. This fun, innovative unit will help your students memorize eighty-four of the most common Greek and Latin roots found in academic texts.
There are hundreds of photographs and illustrations in this unit on Greek and Latin roots. All of the illustrations, clip art, and photographs are used according to their creators' terms. No art has been used without permission or without the appropriate credit.
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Greek and Latin Roots Word Wall of Common Academic Roots - Common Core Aligned
Common Core Aligned
Greek and Latin roots, suffixes, and prefixes, sometimes called word stems
or word forms
, are part of the Common Core Standards from third grade to tenth grade.
Why is it important?
Greek roots are word parts that have meaning. They are the building blocks of thousands of English words. Chronology, polygon, bicycle, telescope, astrophysics, hyperventilate — the list goes on an on — all these words contain one or two Greek roots.
Knowledge of word roots and their meaning is important and useful for our students because it gives them the ability to decode the meaning of unfamiliar words in a variety of situations.
What Roots are Covered?
con, co, col, com
quer, quir, ques, quis
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