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Exercise
Root Words
Students will understand just where their vocabulary words come from with this root words exercise.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Suffixes
Suffixes
Lesson Plan
Suffixes
This introductory lesson on suffixes is sure to get your young scholars excited about root word modification. Students will work both independently and in pairs as they work on a bunch of fun worksheets.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Word Structure 1
Word Structure 1
Guided Lesson
Word Structure 1
Learning common constructions for words is one way that third graders can get traction on their spelling and reading comprehension skills. This guided lesson in word structure introduces kids to the idea that most words are made up of smaller words, and provides opportunities to apply this learning with practical examples. For more printable practice with word structure, check out our recommended worksheets.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Find the Root Words
Find the Root Words
Worksheet
Find the Root Words
Challenge your grammar sleuth to find all the root words hidden in this word search.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Root Word Study: Spect
Root Word Study: Spect
Worksheet
Root Word Study: Spect
Use this resource to study the root word SPECT.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Root Word Study: Sign
Root Word Study: Sign
Worksheet
Root Word Study: Sign
Use this resource to study the root word SIGN.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Root It Out: Word Sort
Root It Out: Word Sort
Worksheet
Root It Out: Word Sort
This cut-and-paste, categorizing activity helps students review root words!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Root Word Ladder: Tele
Root Word Ladder: Tele
Worksheet
Root Word Ladder: Tele
Practice the root word TELE with this word play worksheet, perfect for strengthening vocabulary skills.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Latin Root Words
Latin Root Words
Worksheet
Latin Root Words
Connect the meaning of roots with words in this matching activity.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Finding Root Words
Finding Root Words
Worksheet
Finding Root Words
Help your students review root words so they can analyze unfamiliar words and figure out the meaning without using a dictionary. In this worksheet, students will identify the root of each word containing suffixes and prefixes.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Root Word Study: Rupt
Root Word Study: Rupt
Worksheet
Root Word Study: Rupt
Understanding root words is crucial for learning the meaning of unfamiliar words and building vocabulary. Use this resource to study the root word RUPT.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Common Root Words and their Meanings
Common Root Words and their Meanings
Worksheet
Common Root Words and their Meanings
This worksheet encourages students to work together to think of as many examples of common root words as they can.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Root Words: "Tele" and "Sign"
Root Words: "Tele" and "Sign"
Lesson Plan
Root Words: "Tele" and "Sign"
Teaching your students about root words is a great way to strengthen their vocabulary and comprehension. Use this lesson to introduce the root words *tele* and *sign.*
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Root Word Wheel: Sign
Root Word Wheel: Sign
Worksheet
Root Word Wheel: Sign
Spin the wheel! Kids practice the root word SIGN and build out their vocabulary with this worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Root Words

Get to the root of the problem with root words. Getting familiar with root words can help kids learn more about the English language. Once your kid knows a root word’s meaning, it can help them figure out what the rest of the word, and even the words around it, might mean. Help your child familiarize themselves with root words with our worksheets, workbooks, activities, games, and lots more.
Like most concepts and lessons we learn, the words we use everyday evolved from something else. The English language is extended from both the Greek and Latin languages. Many of our words are even based on Greek or Latin root words.

A root word is a Latin or Greek root that has its own meaning. It is the foundation of a new word, built upon using either a meaningful prefix or suffix. Regardless of what prefix or suffix is applied to the word, students with an understanding of root words and their meanings can approach words they have never seen before with a contextual theory as to what the word might mean. Understanding this gives students a foundation that reading comprehension can be built upon.
Common Latin Roots
RootMeaningExamples
facTo makeFactory, facilitate
formTo shapeConform, reform, formation
mortdeathMortal, mortality, mortician
spectTo lookInspect, spectate
multimanyMultimedia, multiply
Common Latin Roots
RootMeaningExamples
autoSelfAutomobile, automate
hydrowaterhydraulic, hydroponic
microsmallmicroscope, microbe
logystudy ofbiology, physiology
photolightphotosynthesis, photographer
One of the most common ways to learn root words is with flash cards. Showing students a root word, then asking for them to define the root and provide examples will help them retain the meaning. Using a variety of words can show the students that the root can either occur at the beginning of the end of the word. Resources like those provided above by Education.com may provide enough variety to keep students engaged when learning root words.