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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.