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Latin and Greek Root Words Videos

Most words in English can trace their origins to Latin and Greek root words. A root is a word or word part from which words are made, usually through the addition of prefixes and suffixes. For example, “bio” is a root meaning “life” and “graph” is a root meaning “writing” which when put together make “biography” meaning writing about a life. When you understand the meaning of the root words, it can help you determine the meanings of new words that you encounter. You will need to be careful because some root words are similar and not every word that looks similar shares a root word meaning.

In the videos, the students will see the meaning of dozens of Latin and Greek root words. After breaking down example words, a sentence and image are presented for each word. How the videos are used is up to the teacher, but I would suggest using Kahoot! or Edpuzzle as two examples. Both allow the students to watch the video and then answer questions as a way of determining if the students understand the meanings of the words.

Latin and Greek Root Words PDFs

A Latin and Greek root word PDF file has been included which can be printed for the students to use as a resource. Also included is a blank copy which the students can complete. More worksheets will be added at a later date which will be able to be used with the videos. Additional worksheets will be created for prefixes and suffixes. Please check back later to check for these and other updates.


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