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This morphology unit will help build students' vocabulary with Greek and Latin root words. Students who have an expansive vocabulary will be able to read quickly and with more accuracy, as well as determine the meaning of unknown words. One way to build students' vocabulary and reading skills is through explicit instruction of Greek and Latin root words, prefixes and suffixes. These weekly morphology activities focus on five Greek and Latin root words to help students increase their vocabulary and transfer learning to decode unknown words.


Why Morphology?

Morphology is the study of words and their parts. Morphemes - Greek and Latin root words, prefixes and suffixes, and base words - are the smallest units of meaning. A strong understanding of morphology helps students with phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension. Morphology and vocabulary instruction unlocks the structures and meanings within words.


These weekly morphology activities teach vocabulary through Greek and Latin root words. Each weekly unit will introduce, teach, review, and practice using Greek and Latin root words!


This Greek and Latin root words unit includes:

  • 5 Greek or Latin root words with definitions

  • 10 vocabulary words based on these Greek or Latin root words

  • a student booklet cover page

  • vocabulary word cards (for root words)

  • Vocabulary words cards for all 10 words (color + black and white)

  • 10 worksheets for students

  • a concentration game

  • capturing words game

  • assessment

  • answer keys

  • suggestions for use

  • suggested week of lesson plans



These morphology activities are perfect to use in your word work center or in any type of literacy center for upper elementary students. They can also be used for vocabulary instruction, writing activities, and more!



The 5 Greek and Latin root words included in this unit are:

  • aqua

  • bio

  • gen

  • mater

  • spec




⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ashley L. says, “These are AWESOME! Please make more ...and with affixes! :)”


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Emily A. says, “Great resource! My students enjoyed the activity and were engaged! Thank you so much!”


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Andrea A. says, "My kiddos learned so much from this packet about dissecting words and seeing the roots to help them understand their meanings."



These morphology activities are perfect for:

  • whole group instruction

  • small group instruction

  • partner work

  • independent work

  • word study

  • vocabulary instruction

  • ELA / reading centers

  • test prep

  • assessments

  • homework



Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):

RF.3.3, RF.3.3.A, RF.3.3.B

RF.4.3, RF.4.3.A

RF.5.3, RF.5.3.A



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Root Words Morphology Activities Greek and Latin Roots Weekly Unit 1

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