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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.