This printable activity can be used over and over in the classroom. The "game board" shows 40 common roots, such as "belli," "hydra," and "cred." The “game pieces” provide the meanings.
The answer key is provided. (Print multiple copies of the answer key and allow students to check their own work.)
This activity is great at the beginning of the year (students work in groups- and use the dictionary), as the year progresses (students work in pairs), and at the end of the year (students work independently).
Use, coupled with lessons, as a sponge lesson, or for a substitute plan.
Knowing roots can be very helpful while reading- and at test time. Decoding unknown words will be easier. The roots provided are rigorous. Even the teacher may need a few practice rounds before s/he masters these roots!
What takes students 30 minutes at the beginning of the year takes less than 10 minutes for many students- because they learn the meanings.
Throughout the year, I use this as a "sponge activity." Once, my principal unexpectedly visited my classroom while the students were working one of my Match Up Activities- and he asked if I had made it myself. He told me he was impressed!
The first page is the “game board.” Laminate a class set of 25.
The second page contains the “game pieces.” Laminate and then cut. Wrap pieces with a rubber band- or keep in a separate envelope. Use card stock, if available.
The third sheet is the Answer Key. Make enough copies to allow students to check their own work (Ten for a class is plenty; students will not need them at the same time.)
The fourth sheet is an EATS lesson plan.
Make copies without laminating and give to parents at Open House.
Print copies and ask students to write answers on the sheet for homework.
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Learning to identify root words is a valuable lesson that will assist students when they decode unfamiliar words – throughout life! Although the CCSS specifically assigns roots and affixes to grades 6, 7, and 8, every grade
from 1 to 12 is expected to “determine or clarify the meaning of unknown words” Language Standard 2.4, 3.4, 5.4, 6.4, 7.4, 8.4, 9-10.4, and 11-12.4.
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