A Game of Roots and Prefixes
This game tests students' knowledge of the meanings of Latin and Greek roots and prefixes. The lesson is first taught with lots of explanation and examples of vocabulary. This game can be a real fun one with the class divided into four teams.
Team A is given a list of prefixes, while Team B is given a list of meanings of all those prefixes. From memory, students from Team B must take turns at going to the board and writing the meaning of the given prefix. Students from Team C must now each in turn go to the board and write a word built from the prefix and meaning. Last of all, students from Team D will, in turn, go to the board and write a sentence, or simply stand and say aloud a sentence using the written word.
This game continues until each team gets a chance at being Team A, B, C and D, so that all students will have a chance at each aspect of the game, as well as the opportunity to receive points. The team with the highest total points wins. Here is an example for this game.
Team A student writes the prefix “pre"
Team B student may write the root word “fix" or “pare," producing “prefix" or “prepare."
Team C student writes “prefix"
Team D completes the first part of the game with “We are learning prefixes and roots of words."
Team C student may have written “prepare"; Team D student can write, “Our teacher prepared us well for this lesson."