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Divide, Conquer, Combine and Create:
A Vocabulary Learning Routine
Teacher Created Materials
#10643 (i1816) Building Vocabulary from Word Roots
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Unit 1 Compounds and Prefi xes
Building Vocabulary from Word Roots is a systematic approach to word awareness and vocabulary building
for students in grades three through eight. Based on the premise that over 90 percent of English words
of two or more syllables are of Greek or Latin origin, Building Vocabulary from Word Roots teaches essential
word strategies that enable students to unlock the meaning of vocabulary words they encounter inside
and outside of school. Building Vocabulary from Word Roots teaches Greek and Latin prefi xes, bases, and
suffi xes—the semantic units from which the vast majority of English words are derived.
The series consists of six Teacher’s Guides with accompanying Guided Practice Books for students. Every
student should have a Guided Practice Book, which will be used throughout the entire year. Each part of a
lesson can be completed in 10–15 minutes per day, with the entire lesson completed in one week. Since
the series is designed to support students with a range of reading and vocabulary levels, teachers can
select the activities that will best meet their students’ needs. Each lesson offers a variety of activities to
In Part A (“Meet the Root”), students “divide and conquer” a list of English words as they
identify the prefi x, base, and/or suffi x.
In Part B (“Combine and Create”), students compose English words built from the root.
In Part C (“Read and Reason”), students read short paragraphs and poems as they encounter
the word parts in context.
In Part D (“Extend and Explore”), students work individually and in groups to create
applications for the new vocabulary.