root-words

 

This week we are going to concentrate on root words and roots.  The following two weeks, Miss Sainsbury will cover prefixes and suffixes.  I think this is one of the best ways to teach spellings in an upper school.  . 

 

 

A root word is the main body of a word either in its own right or before affixes (prefixes and suffixes) are added.

 

This can often help with spelling.  How many students spell ‘always’ with two Ls?  If they knew the root word was ‘way’, the prefix ‘al’ (which doesn’t have two Ls) and the suffix ‘s’, a student would be less likely to make this spelling error.  A similar idea with hope/ful.

 

There is also a root which isn’t its own word.  Reject for instance is the prefix ‘re’ and Latin root ‘ject’ (from Reading Rockets).

 

Here are some links:

 

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/root-words-roots-and-affixes (there are two excellent word documents to download  with Greek root words and Latin roots.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/factsheet/en18root-e3-f-what-are-root-words

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/topic/root-words  (this one has a 1 minute video)

 

 

 

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