|Publisher: The Critical Thinking Co.
Author: Cherie A. Plant
Review last updated: February 2012
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The Word Roots series teaches vocabulary based on Latin and Greek roots in a manner somewhat similar to Vocabulary from Classical Roots from EPS/School Specialty. Available in either print or software versions, it allows students to work independently through the relatively brief lessons. Five levels are available in print workbooks and three in software versions.
The Beginning level for grades 3 and 4 teaches both Latin and Greek roots. Each lesson has four-parts. In the first activity students identify roots, prefixes, and suffixes, and practice writing the words. In the next two activities students select the correct word to complete a sentence. The fourth activity requires students to write their own sentences using each of the new words. The layout is more casual and spread out (one activity per page) than in the rest of the workbooks.
The next four books all share the same layout. There are three activities to a lesson: learning word parts by either dividing or assembling words from roots, prefixes, and suffixes; matching words to their definitions by recognizing the meaning of the word elements; and using words in context. All three parts are on a single page. Each of the books includes a pre-test, post-test, and answer key along with the lessons.
Levels A1 and A2 are for grades 5 through 12. A1 features Latin roots while A2 adds some Greek roots.
Levels B1 and B2 are for grades 7 through 12 and both teach both Latin and Greek roots.
Levels A1, A2, and B1 are also available in software versions.
The software program is installed on your computer and tracks students work. Parents or students can print out scores for your record keeping. Students win points that help them “rebuild” an ancient town at an archaeological dig. For all activities students click and move words or word parts with a mouse, so completing the exercises feels very much like a game. The look and feel are definitely more appealing than the workbooks.
Two grading options are available within the software. The “non-auto-grading mode” requires students to check their answers to score points. They can check each answer once for free then it costs points for each answer checked again. Hints are available but they lose points each time they use one. “Auto-grading mode” checks answers automatically with no second tries available. Incorrect answers deduct points from the score and use of hints also deducts points. Students cannot go back once they have completed a section.
Both print and software versions contain a dictionary of words derived from Latin or Latin/Greek roots. Optional sets of flashcards are available for all except level B2.
You can view sample pages on the publisher’s website or view a demo of the software.
Word Roots Beginning
Word Roots Book A1, Grades 4-6
Word Roots Book A2
Word Roots, Book B1
- Suitable for: group, one-on-one, or independent work, depening upon age and version selected
Audience: grades 3-12
Need for parent/teacher instruction: varies
Prep time needed: none
Teacher's manual: N/A
Religious perspective: Secular
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