Do you need a perfect way to teach Greek and Latin roots to your students? We have a great way to practice these roots within the context of a story or poem while practicing reading comprehension. Here are some steps to teach Greek and Latin roots to upper elementary students.
How to Begin Teaching Greek and Latin Roots
First, start with a simple introduction. Explain to students that many English words come from ancient Greek and Latin roots. Furthermore, identify common root words. Secondly, compile a list of common Greek and Latin roots, such as “bio” (life), “geo” (earth), and “aqua” (water), and write them on the board. Above all, building these lists is equally important and will encourage application.
Next, make connections to vocabulary. Have students work in groups to find English words that contain each root and write them on the board. This will help them see how the roots are used in everyday language. In addition, have students create word maps to show the relationships between words that contain the same root. This can be done on paper or on a computer. Afterward, play word games such as word bingo or word match to reinforce the roots and the vocabulary.
Incorporate Greek and Latin Roots into Reading and Writing
Finally, one of the best ways to help familiarize students with root words is to actually read them within the context of a passage. Practicing these words will help reinforce these skills and apply them to their learning. Secondly, incorporate root words into writing. Equally important, encourage students to use root words in their writing assignments to help reinforce their understanding of the roots and their use in English.
Additionally, offer ongoing reinforcement. In conclusion, regularly review the roots and vocabulary words throughout the school year to ensure that students retain the information.
What is Included in Each Greek and Latin Root Set:
- 2 stories with custom illustrations for practicing Greek or Latin Roots.
- 2 poems with custom illustrations and Greek or Latin Roots practice.
- A/B multiple-choice questioning.
- Open-ended evidence-based question.
- Challenge activity to find evidence in the text.
- Custom Illustrations from Three Birds Art. IG: Threebirds_art
- Google Classroom Digital Version.
Ways to Use These in the Classroom
- As mentor texts during a whole group lesson on learning Greek or Latin Roots.
- In a small guided reading group.
- In a comprehension center.
- As independent practice after a lesson on Greek or Latin Roots.
- As a homework review.
- Use as a practice for taking standardized tests.
You can purchase Greek Roots and Latin Roots separately in different sets, or click on the bundle for even more savings and variety.
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Teaching Greek and Latin Roots to Big Kids