Root Words: Intervention Style

I teach the after school intervention class at my school.  I have it set up in stations, so that I can maximize my one on one time with the students and I wanted to share what we did I felt SO good afterwards!  (don't you just love when learning comes together???)

We normally start with a warm up of, then head into a mini-lesson of one of our key standards.  This week, we are focusing on Root Words (we have done many things on Roots, as you can see in these posts, and this is our last week...sort of the "put it into practice" week)  So after our short lesson, the kids broke into their three groups.

Root Word Memory Game:  Game play was as normal (you can read about it here), but today the kids were really into it!  I think because their group was missing a student, so they had more chances to gain cards.  They were very diligent about making sure everyone knew the meanings of the roots.  I guess we have played the game so much, they are on autopilot with the rules ;)

Root Word Puzzles:  The kids in this group were working on various word puzzles that took the roots they have been learning about in class and transformed them into fun little puzzles.  I really didn't feel like making copies, so I put the sheets into these sleeve protectors and the kids used wipe off markers on them.  These were a HUGE hit!  Not only did they love the puzzles, but they loved writing on the wipe off surface!  They also were talking about the roots in a different way than we had been using the Memory Game, so it was a win-win for all.  This is a new game that I just created, so if you are interested, you can purchase all of the 12 different puzzles at my TpT store for $3 :)  There is actually a second level, with more roots from the memory game.  Here it is.

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showing evidence on test     5th grade   upper grade blogMrs. Moorman Group:  Today, we looked at released questions from the CST, and how root words are actually tested.  The kids were surprised to see that the question doesn't just ask, "What does the root word -re mean?"  Instead, it uses the roots to form words, show commonalities, and decipher meanings.  What surprised *me* was how WELL the kids actually transferred all the work we have been doing with the roots to answering the questions!  It really blew me away actually.  It was one of those moments when, as you are going through teaching the evidence and all of the kids are answering, you feel like you are a real teacher.  You know that feeling?  I am sure you do!  Well, I had that feeling today.  Yay for learning!

So there you have it.  My hour long intervention rotation for today.  It was really such a productive use of time, that I just wanted to share :)


  1. I'm glad you had such a great day! Isn't that just the best feeling?

    I hate doing standardized test prep, but I think your example illustrates perfectly why we need to do some of that as teachers. A lot of times, students will understand a topic, but they'll not realize the kinds of questions that can be asked about it. It's good to give them some examples so they'll have more confidence when the test day finally comes.

    I'd never heard of PrepDog before. I'll have to check that site out. Thanks!

    Have a great week!

    1. I agree Alison. It is so hard when you KNOW they know the concept, but the testing of it is just different then how you taught it. Pays off in the long run to use the released questions to help you plan your instruction more effectively.

  2. That's awesome Stephanie!! I love the idea for the puzzles--what a fabulous way to learn these roots! I'm off to check them out :)

  3. What a great setup Steph! It's the little things that get the kids excited :)
    You're an amazing teacher! They're lucky to have you!

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