These Greek & Latin roots PowerPoint flash cards work like traditional flash cards except instead of using plain ol' text, these flash cards use interesting, colorful, funny images and animations to teach your students the meaning of Greek and Latin roots.
How does it work?
Write the ten Greek & Latin roots and their English meaning on the board.
Tell students to number their paper from one to ten. Explain to students that you are going to show them an image. They are to choose which Greek root the image represents, and write it down. You will do this ten times.
Show a slide to the class. Students mentally connect that image to a root and write down the root.
For example, you might show a slide with an image of colorful crayons. Students look at the crayons and think, "Crayons, color...chrom!" They associate the colorful crayons with the Greek root chrom
. A meaningful and lasting mental connection is made.
Shuffle the order of the slides and repeat the process again, but this time erase the meaning from the board.
Trade and grade.
I've used this mnemonic tool many times with ELA classes. The students enjoy it and it works. The best thing about it is, once students know how to do it, I can do this activity with them at any time. I find it's especially useful in those minutes when students get restless, like right before lunch or the end of the period/day. I tell them, "Time for a Greek and Latin roots quiz!" They all groan, get out some paper and number it from one to ten, and away we go. (I like to call it a quiz because that always snaps them to attention. I don't always grade it as a quiz. I sometimes use it as an exit task.)
For a bit more rigor and even better memory connections, I sometimes make them write down what the image is AND what root it represents. So for example, if the image is a star, they are to write "star" and "astro." This method makes it easier to grade and assess their progress, and, when using it as an exit task, I can quickly verify that they put some effort into it.
This free Greek and Latin roots product is part of a complete mnemonic unit on Greek and Latin roots: The 84 Most Common Greek and Latin Roots Mnemonic Unit - Common Core Aligned
Common Core Aligned
Greek roots, suffixes, and prefixes (sometimes called word stems
or word forms
) are part of the Common Core Standards from third grade to eighth 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.
Why use these flash cards?
There are three, research-proven components to memorization, and this tool covers all three:
1. Teach to multiple sensory modalities.
2. Information is remembered best if it is interesting or useful.
3. New information is easier to remember if it can be linked to something already stored in the memory bank.
These flash cards have a distinct advantage over traditional flash cards in that they are BIG. You can use them with the whole class at once. You can also set them up at a center or classroom computer and have students rotate through individually.
(PC Requirements: Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 and above; Mac Requirements: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011 and above)
This bundle covers the following Greek roots.
1. anti - against, opposite
2. aristo - best
3. astro - star
4. auto - self
5. bi - two
6. bio - life
7. chrom - color
8. chron - time
9. cine/kine - motion
10. cosm - universe, world, order
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