This Roots and Affixes lesson comes complete with:
• an EATS lesson plan (including essential question, activating strategy, teaching strategies, etc.)
• a PowerPoint
• a printable worksheet that follows the PowerPoint (this includes an exit ticket)
• five pages of Frayer organizers for students to fill in
• five pages of completed
Frayer organizers to use as samples- and for absent students
• a super-fun activity called “Root Profile” where a student creates a profile for one root!
• five BONUS foldable Root study sheets
A few of the 40 vocabulary root words in this lesson include: terr, holo, carn, and tain. This lesson provides the meanings and several examples for each.
In order to focus on CCSS (Literacy Standards L.6.4, 6.4B, 7.4, 7.4B, 8.4, and 8.4B), the Essential Question asks “How can affixes and roots provide clues to a word’s meaning?” A sample response to this question is included. Students will be able to discuss and critique the response- before they are expected to answer on their own.
The majority of this product is a two-day lesson focusing on eight common roots. The lesson plan, frayers, and Root Profile can be repeated for the next four sets of 8 words- making a total of 10 days worth of lessons. However, you can simply use root definition and examples any time- to supplement the curriculum and give students a boost to their vocabulary.
The sample answer to the essential question provides students with a clear understanding of the student’s objectives. I have found providing a sample answer really helps students understand how to respond to the lesson’s exit ticket.
The Root Profile is my favorite part of this lesson.
This printable worksheet is similar to creating a resume- or a Facebook page- for a single root. This activity challenges students to think creatively to make connections to the root. (For example, who would its family members be? Students may choose words using the root, as well as words that resemble the definition.) This activity can be used by individuals, pairs, or groups. The final product is great to display outside your classroom door- allowing others to learn roots as well! A sample finished product is included.
Optional activities are suggested for differentiation and extra practice.
I hope you enjoy this Roots lesson. These high-frequency word parts will help students decode unfamiliar words well into the future.
If you are interested in a similar lesson- using 40 different roots, check out
ROOTS Lesson, PPT, Worksheet, and Activity
Click on these links for even more root products:
Root Foldable SET #1 (40 Roots and Meanings)
Root Frayers SET #1
Roots to Display SET #1
Match Up Activity #4 ROOTS
Match Up Activity # 5 More ROOTS (Set 2)
Roots to Display SET #2
Root Frayers SET #2
Root Foldables SET # 2 (40 Roots and Meanings)
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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