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Teaching High Schoolers Greek and Latin Word Roots in Order to Foster Diversified Vocabulary

Greek and Latin roots surround us on a daily basis. Words like "geography," "astronomy," and "biology" all are based in Latin. Giving students the building blocks of language can help them formulate a better and deeper understand of their language. They will have a better grasp of complex vocabulary and will even be better foreign language learners. This collection of eight resources will help your students commit to memory the important Greek and Latin roots.
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Teaching High Schoolers Greek and Latin Word Roots in Order to Foster Diversified Vocabulary
  • Katelyn Ringrose says:
    This set is incredibly cheap and a wonderful way to incorporate a visual reminder of word building into your classroom decor. I absolutely adore these types of classroom tools!
  • Katelyn Ringrose says:
    This tool from Mrs. Lesser's Blog is one of the most helpful things I have ever seen for teaching prefixes, suffixes and roots. I cannot imagine a better way for students to interact with words. Plus, the plate concept is ridiculously easy and cheap!
  • Katelyn Ringrose says:
    This TeacherTube video is a fun way for students to become familiar with the concept of word roots, as well as the history of Greek and Latin. I love short videos like this! It's such a great way to break up a long lesson.
  • Katelyn Ringrose says:
    This website is amazing! Each time your student answers a question correctly, ten grains of rice are donated to a developing nation. Have your students watch a video of the rice being donated before allowing them to play, this will encourage them to answer the questions to the best of their abilities! The levels (1-60) progress only when the students prove their language prowess. Challenge the students to reach the highest level possible for them, and beat their own personal best score.
  • Katelyn Ringrose says:
    This site describes the five steps of teaching word roots: consistency, effective intervention, increased demands, technical vocabulary. Underneath this lesson, you can find seven fun in-class activities.
  • Katelyn Ringrose says:
    A series of free worksheets from Teachers Pay Teachers? No way! This is a great website for classroom content, and these worksheets concentrate on the eighty-four most common Greek and Latin roots. I use these worksheets for my high school students, and they love creating new words or recognizing words from popular culture.
  • Katelyn Ringrose says:
    This free app is extremely helpful for students on the go, who have the occasional minute or two to brush up on their word roots. The Quizlet app can be used on a computer, iPad, Android or iPhone and the app will read the root aloud, quiz the student on its meaning, and allow the student to play interactive games like matching the word with its definition in under a minute. I actually use this app all the time to brush up on my own learning, it's great for building vocabulary in any language!
  • Katelyn Ringrose says:
    This is a fun (and free!) activity to help your students develop a visual and emotional memory when it comes to Greek and Latin word roots. Words like "Anguish" and "Melancholy" are written on a corresponding paint card in a color that reminds the students of the meaning of the word. These help me in my classroom, as they prompt the students to read/write and associate their new words with meanings. Flashcards are great interactive tools for building memory.