Root Words

Root Words

A Lesson by Tina Marie
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OVERVIEW Middle school students love friendly competition, and word games can be an ideal context to help them study the meaning, structure, and spelling of words. In this lesson, students practice analyzing word meanings by learning root words and affixes. They work in a variety of ways with a list of about 20 common but challenging words to learn the definition and spelling of each. Then they get in small groups to design and play the Make-a-Word card game, during which they must form complete words with three cards: a prefix, a root word, and a suffix.

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I have enclosed a chart to make flash charts for students to learn root words.


COMMON ROOT WORDS AND WORD ORIGINS


Roots

Meaning

Word

alter

other

alternate, alter ego

ami, amic-

love

amiable, amicable

amphi

both ends or all sides

amphibian

ann, enni

year

anniversary, annual, biennial, perennial

anthrop

human, man

anthropology, anthropomorphic, misanthrope

aqua, aque

water

aquatic, aquarium, aqueduct

arch

chief, leader, ruler

archangel, monarch, archaic, archenemy

arthro

joint

arthritis

aud

sound

auditorium, audible, audiologist, audiotape

bell

war

belligerent, bellicose

biblio

book

bibliography, bibliophile

bio-

life

biography, autobiography, biology, antibiotic

brev

short

brief, abbreviate

cap

take, seize

capture, captivate, capacity

carn

meat

carnivorous, chili con carne

ced

yield, go

recede, secede, proceed, intercede, concession

chrom-

color

chromatic, monochrome, polychrome

chron-

time

chronicle, chronology, chronometer, synchronize

cogn

know

recognize, cognitive, incognito




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