These 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 roots. How does it work? You show an image or animation to the class, and students associate that image or animation with a Greek stem.
(PC Requirements: Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 and above; Mac Requirements: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011 and above)
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.
This is part two of a two-part series. This download contains six PowerPoints that cover the following Greek roots.
1. cracy - type of government
2. crat - member of a type of government
3. cycl - circle, wheel
4. dem - people
5. derma - skin
6. dyna/dyno - power
7. endo - inside, within
8. epi - on top of, over
9. ethno - race, nationality
10. exo - outside
11. gen/geno - race, kind, descent
12. geo - earth
13. gon - angle
14. graph/gram - drawn, written
15. gyn - woman
16. hemi/semi - half
17. hydro/hydra - water
18. hyper - over, too much, a lot
19. hypo - under, not enough
20. legis - law, legal
21. litho - stone
22. macro - big
23. mania - madness, crazy
24. mech - machine
25. mega - big
26. met/meta - above, over, higher, beyond
27. meter - measure of
28. micro - small
29. mon/mono - one
30. morph - shape, form
31. necro - death
32. neo - new, young
33. octo - eight
34. ologist - one who studies
35. ology - study of
36. pan - all, every
37. path - suffering, disease
38. penta - five
39. phil - love
40. phobia - fear
41. phon/phono - sound
42. photo - light
43. phyll - green, leaf
44. phys - nature
45. phys - nature/body
46. pod/ped - foot
47. polis - city/civilization
48. poly - many
49. proto - first
50. pseudo - fake
51. psych - mind
52. pyro - fire
53. scope - watch, see
54. soph - wisdom
55. spher/sphero - sphere, ball, layer of gas
56. tech/techni - skill, craft
57. tele - distance
58. tetra - four
59. theo - god, religion
60. therm - heat
61. thesis - position
62. tri - three
63. zo/zoo - animal
The other, free part can be found here.
Greek Roots Flash Cards - Part 1 - ANTI-COSM-FREE!
(PC Requirements: Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 and above; Mac Requirements: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011 and above).
It works just like flash cards, but it is far more effective and fun because it uses high-quality images and animations to help your students build meaningful and lasting mental connections.
There are three research-proven components to memorization. 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.
How to use the Flash Cards.
1. Review the roots and their meanings with the students.
2. In Slide Sorter View, mix up the order of slides
3. Start the presentation on Slide 1.
4. Students look at the image, think about the roots, and call out the root that they think is best represented by the image.
5. Advance the slide, and the correct answer will appear.
6. Advance again to move on to the next slide.
Complete instructions and scenarios for using this tool are in the free Preview. Download it and try it for yourself!
In these PowerPoints, you will find three or more images provided for every root, which allows you to use the PowerPoint again and again, practicing the same roots over and over, without boring the kids with the same images they have already seen before. There are enough choices that you will never show the exact same images twice unless you want to. Another reason I provide more than one image per root is that some roots, like cosm or phys, have more than one meaning, so it is important to reinforce all the meanings. Also, having three or more images allows you to tailor the PowerPoint to your students' experience and maturity.
I have used this tool many times in the past with great success. I created it when I was teaching summer school English. Classes were long and the students' grade levels were varied (9-12). I needed something flexible and fun, easy enough for everyone to understand, and worthwhile. I wanted to teach the students something measurable, so I could be sure they had learned something useful in their five weeks of Summer School. Students enjoyed it and it worked.
It's flexible enough to be used for entire periods or small pockets of time. It requires few materials. Forget about spending hours in the copy room duplicating packets or handouts. All the kids need are some roots and meanings written on the board, some notebook paper, and something to write with. It can be used again and again.
There are many things I love about using this mnemonic tool in the classroom. Here are just a few.
Cross-curricular: Greek roots are found in every subject, from Science to Math to English to Art to Phys Ed.
Very little prep time required - just decide what Greek roots you want to cover, mix up the slides, and away you go.
Little to no materials required. A piece of notebook paper and a pencil is all the students need.
Flexible - use it for an entire period or just a few minutes.
Unlike traditional flash cards, these cards will never get lost, torn, or stained.
Unlike traditional flash cards, which are small, you can use these flash cards with the whole class, direct instruction.
There are 2 PowerPoint files in the Zipped file. Each covers a set of ten roots. Both are in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Version 97-2003. Currently, these flash cards work in all versions of PowerPoint for the PC. However, on the Mac, they only work in version 2011 or higher.