This Microsoft PowerPoint presentation is designed to serve as a daily Do Now activity to study Greek and Latin roots. In total, this product contains 52 prefixes, 32 bases, and 10 suffixes.
When attempting to teach grade-appropriate roots to my sixth grade class, I realized that a vast majority of my students were struggling because they had no previous formal education on prefixes, bases, or suffixes. I decided to start from the early roots that should have been taught back in lower elementary school, and over time, compiled a comprehensive collection. The difficulty level builds throughout the presentation, beginning with elementary-level roots and leading into more advanced roots appropriate for middle school.
Each prefix and suffix slide contains three labeled photos to serve as example words, the prefix/suffix being studied, and the meaning of the prefix/suffix. Each slide also encourages the students to brainstorm additional example words. The bases slides were added as we studied the prefixes/suffixes, and as a result, were not designed to incorporate labeled photos. There are, however, example words and meanings included with all bases.
Currently, I use this presentation on a daily basis at the start of each class. My students record the daily root in their notebooks, so the first few slides of this PowerPoint also include my notebook setup instructions and directions to the students on how to transfer the information from the slides into their notebooks. Animations built into the presentation allow for my students to independently begin recording the root of the day while I take attendance and handle opening tasks. I then take a few moments to review the root and discuss the meaning and additional example words that they have brainstormed. Animations can be adjusted to suit the presentation preference of the teacher.