The following resources and strategies were shared by Oklahoma educators through the #ELAOK community Facebook group. Thank you to all the participants for collaborating and connecting!
How do you teach “word origins”? What resources do you use for teaching “word origins”?
PICKERING: Make a picture of a tree, put root at bottom, put English words made of that root on branches. Can be put in an interactive notebook and added to later. Or put up as a poster. Could also just use a web with root in the middle. 5th grade looks up word origins of foods in dictionary. Another week we do music word origins. We relate the Latin to Spanish (our school has high Hispanic population). Spelling bee materials have some good resources to use too.
HALE: I use flash cards, make root word posters, and created a couple of worksheets that have students practice with pictures. I also have students “compete” for candy with a lightening round board quiz. My 9th graders saw my 6th graders doing it and insisted that they get to try it too with their root words. It was really entertaining and motivated the students to learn the roots when studying the flash cards with a partner knowing that they would be competing.