More free stuff: Greek/Latin roots development.

Resources freely downloadable just underneath this sentence, short blog post beneath with ideas on how to use.

Greek root word flashcards (instructions below on how to print)

Greek root words matching activity

Latin root word flashcards

Latin roots matching activity

Firstly, thank you to everyone who’s given positive and constructive feedback on the Greek/Latin root word posters. They took a long time, but the process was highly enjoyable. The most encouraging thing is the thought of how many children could benefit (see what I did there?) from it. They, after all, are who it’s all for.

This next release covers flashcards and a simple matching activity that you’ll all’ve seen before in various formats. I’ll give a brief overview of what you get in each resource, ideas on how to use them, and then a couple of bullet points on further teaching ideas.


Is that one word? I’ve always written it as one. Hmm. This idea came about when I saw that the wonderful @_MissieBee had printed the Latin/Greek posters ready for a display:

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This got me thinking about how else to use them. What if I had smaller versions, but had the sentence examples and child-friendly definitions (available in the ‘Notes’ sections of each slide) on the reverse? I started tinkering around. Each reverse slide looks like this:

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The pictures, filling the root in red/blue, sentences, and definitions all contribute to building a schema of the word for our children. The slides are organised in a specific way. If you don’t like it, or think of a different way – change it! :). The slides are organised as follows:

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This means that when the slides are printed two-to-a-page, and double-sided, they will come out as flashcards with the poster on the front, and definitions/sentences on the back.

Matching activity

This is a simple idea developed after a conversation with @spinningzoo. Each slide looks like this:

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There is the picture, the word, and the definition for each of the three words chosen to represent the root word. To use as a matching activity, print each slide off, and cut into rectangles for children to match. Now, I have to say, I’m not a massive fan of matching activities. However, if these were laminated, they could be used over and over again. Though I suppose that would work for any matching activity. Hmm. Should probably stop talking myself out of the idea after spending a couple of hours making it. I digress.

There’s even a level of differentiation available here. Children could match picture – word – definition, or, as a challenge, are just given words and definitions to match.

Other teaching ideas

  • What’s the missing word? Read out sentence (given in the ‘Notes’ section of the posters resource) and ‘blank’ the word with the Greek/Latin root. Children could do this with each other too.
  • Matching pairs memory game. Using either the pictures/words, words/definitions, pictures/definitions, lay all cards out face down. Take turns to pick two cards to try and find a match.

I would love to hear about you using any of the resources with your children. Share how they’ve worked (or haven’t!), how your children found them. Also, please do share if you think that something’s missing, or needs further development. I won’t take offence, I just want to help children learn words. I’d love to share great examples of children’s work on the blog in future. Finally, if you have any suggestions for activities/resources, please let me know!

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