Mastering Vocabulary: Grades 5 & Up
Mastering Vocabulary helps teachers show middle school students that words are made up of different parts. Students learn the meaning of new words to improve test scores, increase existing vocabulary, and enhance reading comprehension.
This book allows students to apply learned techniques on activities that include:
- Building word trees
- Matching roots and affixes to their definitions
- Defining real and fabricated words
Where other books teach roots one or two at a time and emphasize memorization of related vocabulary words, this book has units that average ten parts per unit, and focuses on learning root meanings and applying them to unknown words. To me this is the best strategy for teaching students to decode words with the roots.
Why Teach Greek and Latin Roots?
Teaching Greek and Latin roots has been proven to build vocabulary, improve spelling, and build confident readers and writers. Having a solid understanding of roots will help students be able to predict the meaning of and confirm unknown words they encounter. Greek and Latin roots help students connect new and unfamiliar words to words that they know and understand. Additionally, Greek and Latin roots usually have predictable spelling patterns. The more roots students know, the more their spelling will improve.
I love this vocabulary method and book!
I have used this book for years in my classroom. It works!
The word parts are used repeatedly throughout the book, but not in a boring way. The students are learning the meaning of the most common roots, prefixes, and suffixes without realizing it! They are exposed to numerous words they may never have seen before, see how words are related, and they get to play with words.
The strategies and techniques implemented in this book create impowered, confident readers!
Help students understand that many words are made up of different parts. Larger vocabularies can lead to improved test scores and enhanced reading comprehension.
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