Greek & Latin Roots Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Introduce Greek and Latin roots to students with a reading interspersed with interactive activities. Students will read a text lesson, differentiate between root and base words, and use Greek and Latin roots to understand complex words.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define the terms 'root word' and 'base word'.
  • use Greek and Latin roots to define complex words.

Length

30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.4.B

Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., photograph, photosynthesis).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.5.4.C

Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.

Materials

  • Paper copies of the text lesson Greek & Latin Roots Lesson for Kids and lesson quiz, one for each student.
  • Photocopies of a list of common Greek and Latin roots, one for each student
  • Photocopies of a list of highly complex words (related to topics you're covering in class, if possible), one for each pair of students
  • Dictionaries

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