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Introducing the Latin and Greek Roots Challenge to Immac Students!
The Latin and Greek Roots Challenge is designed to introduce students in Grades 3 to 8 to many of the Latin and Greek roots that are the “building blocks” for the English Language. It is estimated that over 60% of English words are derived from Latin and Greek. The percentage is much higher in the sciences, medicine, law, and theology.
By introducing students to these roots and their meanings and instilling in them the discipline to deconstruct” words into their component roots, we give them the foundation for future academic success. By structuring the program in a creative, fun manner and including the entire school in a community-building activity, we hope to engage students’ interest and enthusiasm for learning.
Roots are the building blocks of the English Language. Understanding the meaning of roots helps unlock the meaning of the words that contain those roots – even if a student is not familiar with those particular words.
For instance, if a student understands that peri- means ‘around” or “near” (e.g.periscope –an instrument to view around ; or perimeter –the measurement of the boundary around an area) and that ge – (or geo) means “earth” (e.g. geography – writing about or describing all of the earth’s surface features and related life; or geology – the study of the origin, history, composition and structure of the earth) – then he or she would be able to understand that the word perigee has something to do with “around the earth”. In fact, perigee means ‘the point at which an object orbiting the earth is nearest to the earth”.
Understanding root meanings gives students a tool to identify the definitions of new words they encounter. Remember, “the secret of the Latin and Greek Roots Challenge is as simple as looking within a word to find its meantime.
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