With Common Core fully in place in my state, one of the big standards that we teach in fifth grade deals with Greek and Latin roots. In the past, I wrote a few posts about how I taught them (you can find the posts here), but it has been so long, that I thought I would share these ideas with you again. I figure if *I* have to teach roots, you probably do as well. :)
I really don't have a Root Word program. Basically, I teach my students 4 root words per week. To introduce the words, I have the students create index cards with the root, the definition, and a picture of the meaning on the front.
The back of the cards has sample words containing the roots, as well as meanings. They keep these flash cards all year long to study, create games, use during writing, etc....
I also added to the Word Wall that I was already doing. Before, it was sort of hit or miss if I actually got around to putting the roots on the wall. I was just lazy or forgetful or busy or....whatever other excuse I can put there. But now I created some cards. They are cut out and laminated and ready to be put on my new word wall each week. I also have them posted up for the week, sort of like spelling words would be.
Finally, I have introduced Root Word Memory to my students (just this past week actually). This is a game that they LOVE LOVE LOVE. In fact, they beg me to play most of the time. It is played just like regular memory however this time they are matching the roots to their meanings. What makes this a highly effective game for learning the roots is that when the students turn over the cards, they say the meaning or root they are looking for. If they turn over a pair that does not match, they say what they would look for on the second root too. The simple act of talking out the roots and meanings during the game makes the kids super successful in learning them!
So there you have it. A few different things that I have done in my classroom to help teach my students about Greek and Latin roots. What do you do?