Teaching Activities for Root Words

Root Words

By learning root words, students can better understand language. Learning just a few root words can increase word knowledge ten-fold. This post includes both free materials and ideas to make learning fun. Begin with this idea…

 

Root words are often associated with trees. Make a root word tree by drawing a tree shape. Near the base of the tree, write a root word and its meaning. In the branches of the tree, write as many words as you can think of that are created using the root word.

 

This free sample video lesson goes over the following six root words.

vit/viv/bio

(live, life)

antibiotic

revive

biography

vivid

grad/gress

(to step)

Congress

gradually

ingredient

upgrade

duc/duct

(lead)

aqueduct

duchess

education

product

cur/curs/cours

(run, go)

corral

corridor

currency

recurrence

pon/pose/posit

 (to put)

deposit

opponents

positive

postponed

man/manu

 (hand)

manager

manicure

manipulate

manuscript

Free Root Words Activities

This activity introduces students to six different root words. This mini lesson is a vocabulary building exercise for upper elementary and middle school students.
This activity introduces students to six different root words. This mini lesson is a vocabulary building exercise for upper elementary and middle school students.

 

This lesson introduces students to six different root words. This mini lesson is a vocabulary building exercise for upper elementary and middle school students.

In this mini lesson, students watch the video. The video goes over how to create root word trees. Next students pause the video to complete either the digital or printable organizer. After completing the organizer, students continue watching the video to check their responses. This mini activity is a great introduction to a lesson on root words.

Activities in this free series are set up as individual lessons making them great to assign through Google Classroom. Click here to download the free activities from Google Drive. This is the digital version. Here you will find the printable version.

More Great Root Word Resources

Activity #1 – Teaching Tip using Association

Students will remember root words if they can associate them with words they already know. For instance, most students know that equal means same size, quantity, or value. Knowing this will help students remember the Latin Root equ/equi. It means same, equal, similar, and even. With this association, students can break down additional words to figure out their meanings.

Here’s a list of examples:

equation
equal sides on math problems – when the values of 2 mathematical expressions are equal
equator
equal halves of Earth – an imaginary line drawn around the earth equally distant from both poles – It divides the earth into northern and southern hemispheres (2 equal parts). Its latitude is 0°.
equiangular
equal angles
equilateral
equal lengths – having all its sides of the same length
equinox
equal calendar year – This is the time or date (twice each year) at which the sun crosses the celestial equator. The equinox is when day and night are of equal length (about September 22 and March 20).
equivalent
equal in value, amount, function, meaning
equable
equally stable – a person who is tranquil, steady, or uniform
equilibrium
equally balanced – when 2 opposing forces are balanced
equity
equal justice – equality for everybody

Activity #2 – Free Activities from Gay Miller on TPT

Spoons

Playing “Spoons”” is a great way to practice skills. This game provides practice with the following root words: spec(t), port, vok / voc, and vid / vis

Playing “Spoons”” is a great way to practice skills. This game provides practice with the following root words:

  • spec(t)
  • port
  • vok / voc
  • vid / vis
Playing the Game
The spoons are placed in the center of the table within reach of all players and four cards are dealt to each player. Players take one card from the four dealt and pass it the player on the left. The player then receives a card passed from the player on their right. All players simultaneously pass a single unwanted card face down to their left, and then take the card that the player to their right passed to them. This continues until someone collects a matching set of four. [Four cards containing the same root word.]
Winning the Game
When a player collects a matching set of four cards, nothing is said. Instead the player quietly reaches for a spoon in the center of the table and as slyly as possible moves one to his/her front. Once a player has taken a spoon, all the other players must do the same, even if they themselves do not have four of a kind. The player left empty handed is out. When there are only two players left, they are the joint winners.

Free Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root Words

 

This free mini unit contains practice on 4 prefixes, 4 suffixes, and 3 root words.

Begin your study by having students create foldable graphic organizers for the prefixes and suffixes. The unit focuses on the following:

    • inter-
    • fore-
    • de-
    • -hood
    • -some
    • -ward

After going over the prefixes and suffixes, have students practice by playing games. These games were such a hit that my students asked if they could play them again the next day. Two game activities are included for students to practice with these six affixes. The first is a “Prefix Trail Game” and the second is a “Suffix Card Game.”

Finish your study by having students create foldable graphic organizers for these root words:

    • form
    • auto
    • dict

Get your free resource here.

Greek and Latin Root Words Free Sample Week

This free resource contains materials for students to practice the Greek and Latin root terr with short [10-minute] daily activities.

This free resource contains materials for students to practice the Greek and Latin root terr with short [10-minute] daily activities.

The Routine

Monday – Anchor Chart + Coordinating Student Practice Page
Tuesday – Foldable Organizer
Wednesday – Practice Workbook
Thursday – Card Deck
Friday – Hands-on Game

Each of the four parts contains 8 weeks of practice and one week of review and testing. Purchase all four products to have activities for the entire school year.

This resource is an extra week not covered in the other resources. It covers the following Greek and Latin root: terr

Get your free resource here.

 

 

Activity #3

The video lesson is a free sample from my Vocabulary Digital + Printable Interactive Video Lessons & Organizers on TPT.

 

This packet contains 31 organizers in printable and Google Slides versions with video companions going over definitions and examples of for 19 vocabulary skills:

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