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Root Words & English Derivatives

This activity focuses on student comprehension of Latin root words and English derivatives. The teacher discusses Latin root words and their meaning with the class.  Teacher models how to find English derivatives in an online dictionary. 

Students are then given an Excel spreadsheet to organize information about 10 Latin root words and their English derivatives.  The spreadsheet will include Latin root words and their meaning, English derivatives and their part of speech and the definition for each English derivative.

An optional component is for students to locate or create illustrations for the English derivatives.  This would be an excellent way to differntiate instruction based on students learning styles and needs.

Online Dictionary:
Merriam Webster Online

Student Excel Spreadsheet Template

Sample Grading Rubric

Activity Contributors
Ann Denny

Grade Levels
Technology Tools
Microsoft Excel

Content Area(s)
Language Arts

root word



Activity ID: 108
This activity has been used 19899 times.

This activity is linked to these components:

Classroom Literacy Guide Components:
2A The teacher used cues, higher order questions, and higher order a...
2D By generating a discussion about the topic, the teacher stimulate...
2E Teacher scaffolded understanding of new vocabulary words that wer...
4E Students were prompted to use new vocabulary in written responses...
6B The reading materials represented authentic types (literary, info...
7L The students produced non-linguistic representations to elaborate...

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