We’re starting up our unit on The Origins of Words and this week, we worked on the idea of breaking down and rebuilding words based on their prefix, suffix and roots. The aim here is as much about where words come from as giving my students some strategies for deciphering unknown words. “Find the root,” is the mantra I have been giving them.
And then we had some fun, pulling together prefix, root and suffix parts to create words that sound sort of real but are not, and then using the definition of the “parts” to come up with a definition of the word. We called this activity “Jigsaw Words” because I want them to envision the pieces like a puzzle of meaning.
I then went around with my little voice recorder and all students shared out a word they had created.
Peace (in the parts),