Independent student discovery of the building blocks of words
Working in a carefully designed booklet and with a good class dictionary as a companion, students explore how words are built from base words with the addition of the most common prefixes and suffixes. Each page encourages them to think for themselves as they create words, and then use their words to show they know the new meanings after affixes are added.
On standardized tests, breaking out base words is often challenging for students. Practice in breaking words down into parts is included in a number of the work pages, with specific rules illustrated and then practiced.
Included in the booklet are:
- 24 unique work pages, including Prefix Explorations, Prefix Discovery, Suffix Explorations, Suffix Discovery, Affix Hunt, Base Word Discovery, Review: Base Words and Affixes, and Prefix and Suffix Challenge
- 3 lists of base words designed for student success with the work pages
- 2 challenge pages where students apply their knowledge in stories
- a check-list for the student to monitor progress
- a glossary of terms
- a letter to the student with an overview of how words are built with affixes
Discovering Words is appropriate for students who have learned the basics of how to navigate a dictionary, have some basic grammar knowledge (functions of verbs, adjectives, adverbs) and who can work relatively independently: approximately ages 8-10.
An independent way for students to increase their vocabulary
One of the many skills necessary for independence in reading involves figuring out new words and increasing reading vocabulary. Words are made up of a number of meaningful, structural units, among which are Latin and Greek roots. A student instructed in the process of structural analysis can look for familiar, meaningful parts in unfamiliar words and derive meaning for those words. In this word study set, students discover the meaning of a root by first grouping words that contain the root, talking about the meaning of the words, and then by using some of the words in sentences.
The 20 root cards, word cards, and definition cards are printed on heavy cardstock, color-coded for each level. Lines are printed for easy cutting.
The complete program includes:
- 20 cards with common Latin and Greek roots in two levels of difficulty (10 roots in each level)
- Definition cards for the roots
- 5-10 derived word cards for each root
- Fill-in-the-blank sentences (3 for each root)
- Answer key
- Blank cards for added words
Using context clues to uncover the meanings of cliches
Students independently discover the meaning of 28 common expressions found in many classic books, such as "mum's the word" or "on the up and up". First the students try to match meanings with expressions, then check their work by placing the expressions into sentences in which the meanings are clear. This work is most appropriate for 3rd grade students with a good reading vocabulary.
Included in the set are:
- 28 expression cards in 4 distinct sets
- 4 sentence expressions cards with 7 sentences each
- an answer key for teacher use or self-checking
A series of worksheets for extended dictionary practice
The dictionary is the first step in learning how to research. These 15 worksheets offer dictionary practice in a variety of levels and areas. Dictionary skill practice can be continued throughout the three years of lower elementary without redundancy because of the changing focus in these worksheets.
Included in the set are:
- Dictionary Research
- Dictionary Puzzlers
- Guide Words 1
- Guide Words 2
- Using Pictures
- Correct Spelling
- Which Comes First?
- Parts of Speech
- Changing Words into Entry Words
- Multiple Entry Words
- Multiple Definitions