This Latin-Greek root word to English conversion activity reinforces the etymology of seventeen scientific compound medical terms relating to the respiratory system. The words include: nasopharynx, laryngopharynx, oropharynx, epiglottis, bronchus, alveoli, pleural, intrapleural, intercostal, apnea, cyanosis, dyspnea, tachypnea, pneumonia, pleuritis, hypoxemia, emphysema. A Latin/Greek root word – English meaning word bank is provided for twenty-five root words. Students first are directed to slash each compound word into its roots. Then students are directed to write the meaning of each root in between slashes on the line next to the slashed compound term. Finally, students are directed to write the fluent meaning/definition of the term on the subsequent line. Refer to the provided example below.
Student answer: Hypo/glyc/emia ___deficient/sugar/blood___
Definition: ___Low blood sugar________
A two-page color-coated answer key is provided.
The two-page crossword puzzle on the respiratory system offers twenty-five clues that need to be solved for completion. The crossword puzzle template is on page one, and the clues are on page two (the backside). Vocabulary terms and/or topics covered among the clues include, but are not limited to: pharynx, tonsils, lobes (lung anatomy), fevers effect on the rate of respiration, physiology of hiccupping, nasal cavities, alveoli, physiology behind the loudness and pitch of voice, bronchi, medulla, diaphragm, residual volume, cartilage, visceral pleura, inhalation, larynx, ventilation, chemoreceptors, pulmonary disease, hypothyroidism symptoms, lungs expansion due to intrapulmonic pressure, nasal cavities, septum, intercostal muscle physiology during exhalation, and the number of directions the thoracic cavity moves then the intercostal muscles contract. A one-page answer key of a filled in template is included.