Spring break is just around the corner for me....which signals crunch time for The TEST. I have been trying to get the kids to engage in their learning, yet teach them the skills they will need to navigate their way through The TEST.
One of the skills the kids need to know is how to discover the meaning of words based on their Greek or Latin roots. For example, a question may ask them to give the meaning of "telephone". Not one of the four choices will say, "far away sound", but that is the literal translation of the roots we have been studying. I needed to find a way to bridge the literal translations and the actual meanings (which, using telephone, does have something to do with far away sounds, but not in that exact way). It is so tricky, but my fellow bloggers have inspired me!
Laura Candler posted the other day about how she uses Easter eggs to have the students review skills. (check out her post here) Well, my daughter needed eggs for her preschool party, and I just happened to have some laying around...and I decided to use them!
Now is where the fun began. The students were given the task of creating 10 new words. Each of them reached into the basket and pulled out two egg halves. They tried to mix up the colors, but otherwise, weren't allowed to look at the root before they choose. This then left them with some fun new words.
Once they made an "egg-citing" new word out of two roots, the students used the recording sheet to list the two roots, write the new word created, and write the exact translation of those two roots put together. This is when the real thinking happened.
Once the possible definition was decided upon by that student, it was cut off the bottom of the recording sheet, folded up, and put inside of the egg. The student then either reached back into the bag and got two new halves OR they picked up an egg that was already put together and created their own recording sheet and possible definition.
Soon, all 10 eggs were created, and all 10 eggs had the 4 possible definitions inside of them from each of the group members. When this happened, the students then broke open the eggs. They laid all 4 of the possible definitions out on the table and decided, as a group, which one of them would be the most likely definition for that new word.
They wrote the finalized definition on their "Definition" section of the recording sheet.
And that is that! The kids really got into this. They were able to see how the roots helped them to create meaning but didn't actually *become* the meaning (if that makes sense). They also really liked the gamey aspect of it, yet were working together to create these words. This took all of 45 minutes to do, but the kids had a really great, productive, learning time!
How do you incorporate root word studies into your class?
And just in case you were looking for something else to do with roots, here is the TpT link to the game I created with root words that my kids LOVE! (and here is the blog post explaining it)