(updated) FREE RESOURCES: Greek and Latin root words.

Resources FREE to download here:

Greek root word posters

Latin root word posters

If you’d like to hear more about why I’m doing it, and a mini-explanation of these particular resources, read on.

As a wise sage once said, ‘Celebrate good times, come on’. Yes, it is the summer holidays (in the U.K., anyway), and it’s time for teachers and students alike to rest and recharge. And whilst I’m resting and recharging, bear in mind that I’ve been off for six weeks already to recover from a major operation, I’m going to be making some (hopefully!) useful teaching resources based around words.

I love words. I love language. It’s my hobby. Making this resource was, first and foremost, a lot of fun. It didn’t feel like ‘work’. This resource is primarily for me and my word study sessions that I plan to teach daily next year (more information coming up in future blogs). I’ve taken a lot (and I mean a lot) from Twitter throughout my first year on there, and I’m very much an advocate of the generous sharing culture.


What you have here is a PowerPoint presentation crammed with information about words with certain Greek and Latin root words in them. There are many more Greek and Latin root words, but I’ve chosen the most popular ones (just the fifty-seven of them combined).

On each slide, you will find a root word, and three examples of words containing it. Above each of these words is a picture which aims to give visual context to each word, thus adding to the schema being created of that word. As all the images used are copyright and royalty free, some of them are … interesting. If you want to change any images, please do so. All I ask is that you do not then reproduce this resource and pass it off as your own.

There is a ‘Notes’ section for each root word. In this you will find child-friendly definitions from the Collins COBUILD dictionary, which is now integrated for free on the Collins website. This is truly a fantastic website for teachers and students, and should be a classroom staple. You will also find an example of a sentence with each word in. I have tried to use sentences where the context is clear, and simple for children to understand. If you believe there is a better sentence, let me know, or just change it on your own copy – I won’t be offended!

A little bit of honesty here. I was originally going to include some basic etymological knowledge about each word. But after discussions and further research, I realised that my knowledge on this is not ‘there’ yet. This is all part of my journey to a better understanding of the English language system. I have included links for those who would like to find out more.

Please feel free to comment on the resource, either through Twitter, or the comments section of this blog. Any feedback you have will help to a) edit and improve these resources, and b) help to make future resources that much better.

NB: please do let me know if/when you use this resource. I’d love to hear about how it’s been used, and how effective (or ineffective) it’s been.

11 thoughts on “(updated) FREE RESOURCES: Greek and Latin root words.

  1. Thank you for sharing those – they are really useful. Am doing a little mini project on using vocab in the classroom – exploding words into roots/prefix etc to try to get the children thinking that way. Happy to share my draft plans so far if you might find it useful in any way. @29orry Twitter

  2. Many thanks for this great, child-friendly resource. I think I neglect the etymology aspect of the National Curriculum and this makes work on these root words much more accessible. Great for display and for keeping in a presentation folder for the children to dip into for reference. The visuals and child-friendly definitions really helpful too. A time-saver for teachers but a way-in for the children to boost word power and hopefully for some to develop an interest in words for their own sake. The heads-up re. online links esp the Collins one really useful too. Best wishes for a speedy return to health and have a good Summer. Regards, Tony Sands

    1. Thank you very much, Tony. Kind words, and I think you’re spot on. This will hopefully provide teachers with more knowledge, and give kids another way in to word learning. Love the idea of a presentation folder. Keep an eye out as I’m in the process of converting these to flashcards (original resource will still be available!).

      My scarring has healed really well, and I’m up and about, doing more than just walking. Have a brilliant summer. Jack.

  3. Thank you for kindly sharing these highly accessible resources. Will be using them with my Key Stage 3 science groups and will also help me to recap the roots of many scientific words. I hope that you are recovering well from your operation and enjoying your summer break.

  4. thank you, really useful for display and discussion
    great for being a word detective!
    hope you are recovering well
    kind regards

  5. Thank you for preparing these and making them available. It’s a great idea that I think the children will enjoy. A word of caution though – they aren’t all entirely accurate. For example, “tele” does not mean sound, it means “far”, and “scope” comes from “look” or “see” not from “viewing instrument”.

    1. You are most welcome, John. Thanks for the advice. I shall change in due course. I made them free of charge partly due to the fact that my sources could’ve been slightly inaccurate. The resources are all editable too, allowing teachers to chop/change whenever necessary.

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