Reading Olympics *Seriously amp up your vocab*





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Join The 3AM Teacher, the Reading Olympians, and over 80 SUPREME education bloggers as we take you through a tour of the Reading Olympians Root Study Program!!

So this week, we really focused on vocabulary. I've tried lots and lots of ways to teach vocab, but I really like the way this program addresses vocabulary. It really focuses on base words and how knowing what the meaning of those roots can give you tons of info about a word's definition. And don't forget about those prefixes and suffixes! Woah, buddy. . . can they ever change the meaning of a word!

That is SO true! Let me tell you a little story. When my son was in the first grade, he came home from school one day not feeling well and having pain in his shoulder. A trip to the doctor later, we were told that he had a very rare condition: Pericarditis.
Hmm. Big word. But if you know a little bit about root words, you can figure it out. . .


Peri = prefix that means around
Card = heart
Itis = inflammation

See? Easy. Pericarditis is an inflammation of the lining that goes around the heart. A little bit of knowledge can go a long way! It's POWER!

 I love that this program gives even primary kiddos that same kind of power. Isn't it exciting that even primary kids can learn etymology?! 

So, here's what we did this week: We started with learning more about prefixes and suffixes. They really enjoyed choosing a base

word and cutting out the puzzle pieces and putting the pieces together to make new words. Having the then use the new word in a sentence really tells you a lot about if they're getting the meaning of the word.

We also started the Jr. Reading Olympians program. This one I LOVE! This is etymology, folks! Yes-- primary kiddos can be etymologyists! The program leads the kids through levels. After mastering the root words in one level, they move on to the next. We started on the Jr. Nike level. The roots in this level are:
  • aqua (water)
  • bio (life)
  • cent (hundred)
  • thermal (heat)
  • uni (one)
Each level has anchor charts, a student journal, chants for each base word, word ring cards, Take a look at a page fro the Jr. Nike level:  This is for the base word aqua. I like how there's a place for kiddos to 'collect' words with that base word.

I'm passing the torch on to the next terrific blogger...... Click the torch to learn more about the program and how she used it in her classroom!



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