Lesson Plan

Greek and Latin Affixes and Roots Olympic Games

Students learn root words and design games to check and extend their understanding
Susan M.
Blended Learning Coach
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to...

  • Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., photograph, photosynthesis).
  • Work collaboratively and creatively to plan an Olympics-style event to both reinforce and extend learning of affixes and roots. 
  • Design a creative piece highlighting new vocabulary learning.
English Language Arts
Grades 3 – 5
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1 Self-Directed and Guided Instruction

Lexia is personalized learning platform for literacy instruction. It covers the six areas of reading instruction, including structural analysis beginning on the third grade level. Lexia is designed for students to work independently, as well as teacher-led instruction for students who are struggling or need additional help. 

For this app flow, students complete the structural analysis skills/lessons for their grade level through the personalized lessons and small group instruction. Once that instruction is complete and students have completed assessments, let the games begin!

2 Collaborative Practice

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In small groups, students plan an Olympic type event focusing on roots, prefix, suffixes, etc. The teacher can determine which roots are part of the events, or students can choose. In any case, a comprehensive list is created on a collaborative Google Doc and are divided within the small groups. 

Students can choose technology as part of their event platform, but it is not required. The goal is for new words to be created with the roots/prefix/suffixes and unknown words to be identified and solved by use of the root/affixes.  

Students compete in the different events and try to acquire points for their team. 

3 Independent and Extending Practice

With newly acquired language (students may want to document for everyone all the wonderful words created and learned through the games), students create stories/comics/visuals (student choice), highlighting and using new vocabulary.