Greek and Latin Roots all school year long! Well, that’s the plan anyway. I took Latin in high school almost twenty-five years ago, and to this day, I find myself using my etymology skills for determining vocabulary definitions. Not impressed? What if I told you that there are studies that support if students have a strong vocabulary background, their standardized test scores will improve. This is particularly true for the SAT ‘s. Greek and Latin roots are the foundation of building vocabulary. Why not make it fun!
Are you an English teacher who sees their bored students zoning out because your vocabulary activities are monotonous and stale. Copying definitions from the internet are out-of-style and quite honestly, not doing anyone any good. I found a way to reinforce Greek and Latin Roots vocabulary lessons. If you are into visual notebooks, you’ll love using sketch notes. If you are looking for a hands-on component, for your kinesthetic learners then your students will love compiling the interactive fan. And, for paperless classrooms everywhere, it’s easy to share the digital notebook version.
Teachers will love the instructional options. For every Greek and Latin root, your students will be able to build their interactive vocabulary fan, as well as add to their vocabulary interactive notebook. There are over 80 roots to choose from and a blank template for teachers and students to add your own.
Teaching Vocabulary and the Common Core Standards
Here are the recommended CCSS for your lessons: RI.4.4, ri.5.4, ri.6.4, ri.7.4, ri.8.4, l.4.4a, L.4.4b, L.5.4b, L.6.4b, L.7.4b, L.8.4b, CCRA.R.4, ccra.L.4
What are Greek and Latin Roots Sketch Notes?
Do your students struggle with note-taking? There are many students that find note-taking dull, uninteresting and just plain hard. Some do not know what’s important enough to write down and some just are slow at writing that they fall behind. There are many students that struggle with spelling and deciphering their handwriting. So what’s the alternative? How can we fix this issue to help our students become more engaged especially in their vocabulary activities? My solution? Sketchnotes.
What exactly are sketch notes and how do I even begin to incorporate them in my classroom? It’s a form of visual notetaking. It consists of both words and images that communicate a message, story or notes on whichever topic your class may be working on. Students make the sketches personal, or their own, so there is no need to worry if you are an artist or not. This type of note-taking requires higher-order thinking because students have to use a combination of listening, thinking and visualizing all at the same time.
The use of these visuals will help students recall their vocabulary definitions and knowledge better than just plain words on a piece of paper. Since it’s loaded with artwork, that will make the notes more personal and more useful during studying and remembering.
Did the Interactive Fan Catch Your Eye? Interactive fans are dynamic! How so? The possibilities are endless.
- an alternative to interactive notebooks
- uses much less paper! (absolutely a huge plus!)
- keeps everyone organized! An organized student is a prepared learner!
- easy to collect and assess
- looks modern and relevant
- independent student direct learning
- can be combined with any textbook, chapter, or text
- promotes comprehension, a process, creative self-expression
- informative and the perfect reference tool
Your Greek and Latin Roots Vocabulary Lessons Just got a Face Lift! How so? Let me tell you. The bundle comes with over 80 Greek roots and Latin roots. You won’t have any guessing games! It comes with the complete answer keys for both Greek and Latin Roots, which is customized for this resource.
The sketch notes pages that are aligned with the resource and sized perfectly to fit in a composition notebook or a spiral notebook. Don’t deal with shrinking or messing up! I did it for you.
The interactive fans can be assembled as one or be assembled separately. Pick the Greek and Latin Roots you would like to cover. There are enough for an entire school year.
Digital versions included via Google Drive. Upload to your favorite learning management system (Google Classroom, Canvas, Blackboard, Microsoft Classroom). I have a great blog post to walk you through how to move your Google Drive lessons to your favorite LMS.
The Greek and Latin Roots bundle is full of dynamic activities for you to get started right away. You’ll enjoy this short preview video to show how the vocabulary tools look and in action. You do not need a specific vocabulary program. This one works with any of your existing units or if you are looking to create a new one! I love to reshare photos from teachers that want to show their students’ work. Just post and tag me! @studyallknight on Instagram. Let me know if you use any of the versions!