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.


30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


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


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.


  • 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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