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Word Roots

Learning the Building Blocks of Better Spelling and Vocabulary

Grades: 3-12+

Language Arts

Word Roots

Grades: 3-12+

Language Arts

  •  Multiple Award Winner

These award-winning books teach the meaning and spelling of roots, prefixes, and suffixes that are the elements used to form words in English. Learning these word elements dramatically improves spelling and the ability to decode unfamiliar words.

The activities focus on using these words in context to help students incorporate each word into their vocabulary and retain the correct spelling. There are periodic reviews to make sure students retain what is taught in the lessons. Word Roots will add hundreds of words to your students' vocabulary and greater depth to their thinking and writing.

Each lesson has the meanings of prefixes, roots, and suffixes used to form the vocabulary words. The activities following the lessons include:

     A. Spelling and Defining Words
          Match each given word to its correct definition.
     B. Completing the Sentence
          Complete the sentence by choosing the correct word.
     C. Defining the Word Parts
          Define the word parts.
     D. Writing Sentences
          Write sentences using the words in the lesson.
     E. (optional) Creative Writing

Each level contains the following word parts and vocabulary:
Beginning Level
     •  26 Prefixes
     •  59 Roots
     •  41 Suffixes
     •  137 Vocabulary Words

Level 2
     •  28 Prefixes
     •  109 Roots
     •  86 Suffixes
     •  312 Vocabulary Words

Level 4
     •  45 Prefixes
     •  220 Roots
     •  117 Suffixes
     •  363 Vocabulary Words
Level 1
     •  41 Prefixes
     •  86 Roots
     •  57 Suffixes
     •  295 Vocabulary Words

Level 3
     •  22 Prefixes
     •  119 Roots
     •  26 Suffixes
     •  308 Vocabulary Words

Teaching Support
The books include a pretest/posttest, lesson reviews, answers, and a dictionary of the prefixes, roots, suffixes, and vocabulary words derived from Latin and/or Greek word elements. The software includes help and hints, automatic grading, scores, and a dictionary of words derived from Latin roots.

Flashcards Apps
The Word Roots Flashcards Apps can be used to supplement or enrich our Word Roots book/software products or as an independent teaching tool. Students who learn the meanings of word parts can decode the meaning and spelling of new vocabulary by breaking a word into its word parts. Each level includes all of the prefixes, roots, suffixes, and vocabulary words contained in the corresponding book or software as well as their meanings. The apps give students the opportunity to hear how each word part and vocabulary word is pronounced.

The Word Roots Flashcards™ Apps are organized into what the author considers the optimal learning order, but can be played in any order. Games 1-6 are Study Games to learn the word parts and their definitions. Games 7-10 are Practice Games using the word parts to form words to show that students know the definitions of the word parts.

All of our Word Roots Flashcard™ Apps can be played independently and provide students the correct spelling and pronunciation of all word parts and vocabulary taught in the software.

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