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It's Greek to Me!

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Large Groups


Students will use Greek root words, suffixes and prefixes, to 'create' polysyllable words.

Main Curriculum Tie:
English Language Arts Grade 5
Language Standard 4 b.

Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., photograph, photosynthesis).


  • Blank paper
  • List of Greek Root Words (See attachments)
  • Chart of prefixes and suffixes with meanings (See attachments)
  • Word Context Chart (See attachments)


Background For Teachers:
Understand prefixes, suffixes and roots. Pace the lesson for two days.

Student Prior Knowledge:
Students understand:

  1. How to use a dictionary.
  2. What the words prefix, suffix, and root or base word mean.
  3. What a syllable is.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Provide for each student a dictionary, list of affixes, and list of Greek root words.
  2. Instruct students to combine roots and affixes to 'create' words.
  3. Students then check each word using a dictionary and verify each word's validity, meaning, and spelling.
  4. Enter each valid word on a word context chart.
  5. Students can finally enter each valid word in their journal or personal dictionary.


  • Make flash cards for prefixes, suffixes, and roots.
  • Use Latin root words. (See attachments)


Assessment Plan:
Use words for a spelling test.

brooke rauzon

Created Date :
Aug 02 2005 14:18 PM

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