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Love of Wisdom

Yesterday we continued with looking at base words, prefixes and suffixes.  We try to infer their meaning based on a list of words that share the same base and then we look it up to test our theory.  Then, we look for the etymology of the word, from which language did it originate?  Often it’s Greek or Latin but we will see more languages emerging as we progress.

Here is the list of words we started with:

Here is some of the work the class did:

We discovered that we could put some of our root words together.

phil means love of and soph means wisdom so

phil + soph + y is philosophy and means love of wisdom.

We’re making a chart of the base words we know.

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Posted by on March 10, 2015 in Word Work

 

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Wordy Nerdery – Morphology & Etymology

I borrowed the titles of this post from a blog of the same title about word study using inquiry.

We are in the beginning stages of our inquiry, looking at prefixes, suffixes and base words.  I assign some words and the students try to figure out the base word and then find its etymology (history – which language it originates from).  The groups then find other words that share the same base and create a word matrix which clearly demarcates the different parts of the work.  My hope it to get to the level of word knowledge that we can do inquiry like the Wordy Nerdys do!

 

Here is some of our work so far.

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Another way to increase our vocabulary is to read daily.

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and here we are reading!

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2015 in Read to Self, Reading, Word Work

 

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