Thursday, July 4, 2013

Root Words!

When I was in high school, I took a class to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.  I had to take a medical terminology course as well as learn many different words and abbreviations in my main class.  Ever since then, I have always been fascinated with learning about the meanings of different root words.  I really think that it is important to know as many as possible because then you can understand a general meaning of different words that you may not have encountered in the past based on their breakdown of roots.

As I teach new vocabulary words to my students in science, I try to go over the different root words so that they can understand a deeper meaning instead of just regurgitating a textbook definition back to me.

Three years ago, I worked in a very small school (there were only ~35 kids K-12!!).  Throughout the day, my largest class size was 6 and my smallest was 2.  I had about 15 students overall.  I had decided that I would make a book for them that incorporated many of the things that we learned and several that we did not cover, but that they could use as a reference.  One of the key portions of the book was a section on root words.

I have worked hard to make a list of over 400 root words, their meanings, examples, and sentences.   It is over 30 pages of information!  I have posted it on Teachers Pay Teachers and I hope that other people can find it useful.  It is really geared toward science, so I think that it would be helpful in any science classroom, as a student in high school or even college, or just any individual that would like to increase their vocabulary.

So, please go take a look and let me know what you think!  It is titled Comprehensive Root Word List!

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