I am a busy mother of 3 wonderful children, a wife to an outstanding husband, and a hard-working, fun-loving, mindboggling teacher.I have taught a variety of grade levels (Pre-K -5th, as well as, Gifted and EIP.) I hold a BS in Education from Georgia State University and a Master's Degree with a focus on Reading and Literacy from Walden University. I have training and hold an endorsement as a Teacher Support Specialist. I have training as an Academic Coach from the state of Georgia. I also hold a Gifted Education Endorsement. I was named Teacher of the Year 2006-2007 at Barksdale Elementary School. Each year, I strive to continue learning and growing as a teacher.
Part of the Georgia Third Grade curriculum is building vocabulary through learning Greek and Latin Roots.
Our county is using some of Tim Raskinki's Building Vocabulary books as a part of Word Study. I have been implementing lessons in a bi-weekly manner. One week a Greek or Latin Root ,and one week a spelling pattern.
Basically, I have been doing these rotations for for about 7 weeks. My class readily caught on to the routine/ format and WOW! It is amazing how the transfer has carried over and stuck. Students are even finding words in their chapter books (making connections, expanding vocabulary, seeing transfer). This is exciting. I have only the Building Vocabulary From Word Roots book. Of course, it does not cover all the roots we use. Therefore, I used it as a guide to adapt and create my own lessons.
Here is a short run-down of what I do each week.
Monday-Introduce--Meet the Root OR Determine the spelling pattern usually through a game (sometimes a discovery lesson which is more student-centered, but sometimes teacher-directed with posters and direct instruction)
Tuesday-Review/Add New Words and Draw/Sculpt the Root-Students choose a word/partners guess the word based on the drawing/sculpture (made of playdoh or clay) With spelling patterns-We sort the "list". New words are introduced. This is also an opportunity to discuss defintions (vocabulary) and students make/play concentration.
Wednesday-Review through teacher created riddles (Extend to students creating riddles/guessing.) Introduce new words through context. Students work with a partner to learn the meaning of two or three words used in context based on background knowledge.Other activities might include making words, playing scattegories type game, or playing a charades type game.