Let students combine vocabulary fun
with geography fun
This 5-page printable activity
introduces students to etymologies
and combines vocabulary with geography
Students choose ten words (from a 100-word list)
and use etymology
in a print or online dictionary to determine the country that gave the word to English
Next, students use a print or online map to find that country
On their word-and-map worksheet
, students record their word and the country that contributed it to English, and they draw a line from the name of the country to the country’s location on the map.
For example, the word ”beige”
came to English from France
, so students note France as the country that contributed the word to English and then draw an arrow to France on the map.
An answer key
noting the word and country is provided.
This activity is suitable for upper elementary, middle school, high school, homeschool, and college classes. Created by Susan Thurman.
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