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It's Greek to Me!

Main Core Tie

English Language Arts Grade 5
Language Standard 4 b.

Group Size

Large Groups

Authors

JOANNE BURTON
PAULA JENKINS
brooke rauzon
MICHELLE RODERICK

Summary

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


Materials

  • 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.


Extensions

Attachments

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


Assessment Plan

Use words for a spelling test.


Created: 08/02/2005
Updated: 02/05/2018
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