Greek and Latin Roots
"Sounds Like Greek to Me"
An understanding of Greek and Latin roots is becoming more imperative at younger ages due to the academic vocabulary present in today’s standards. The GrammarSong video “Greek and Latin Roots” provides students with many examples of words containing Greek and Latin roots, and how the roots affect the meanings of the words. The GrammarSongs activities linked with the video provide paper/pencil, cooperative, hands-on, and cut and paste learning opportunities.
Review Video & Follow These Instructional Guidelines
- Play “Greek and Latin Roots Matching Game” to practice matching Greek and Latin Roots with their meanings.
- Complete “Greek and Latin Roots Cut and Paste” to practice individually matching Greek and Latin roots with their meanings. Complete graphic organizer by brainstorming and using a dictionary to find words that contain these Greek and Latin roots.
- Complete grammar sheet “Categorizing Greek and Latin Word Parts.”
- Extra Engagement: Use the information presented within the sheet to model sentences on a whiteboard or smartboard to create a whole class lesson. Cut the sheet apart, gluing the related answers from the answer key on the back to use within a cooperative learning structure or as a self-checking center activity.
- Complete grammar sheet “Greek and Latin Roots Cut and Paste". Fill in graphic organizer by brainstorming and researching words that contain the Greek and Latin roots presented in the grammar sheet.
- Complete “Greek and Latin Word Work” or “Greek and Latin Root Dictionary Work” independently.
- Print out and present students with cards from “Greek and Latin Roots Matching Game,” ”Suffix Game Cards,” and “Prefix Game Cards.” Invite them students to “invent” new words by combining the prefixes, suffixes, and roots in new and unusual ways. For example “Undentful” would mean “not full of teeth.”The old lady's mouth was undentful.
- Complete grammar sheet “Affix and Root Word Review”.