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Learning for all ages made easy through a study of Greek & Latin root words

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Claire recently retired after 33 years in the public schools as a classroom teacher. Highlights of her career include National Board Certification, creating and implementing innovative curriculum design, working in multi-age classrooms, and incorporating overnight field trips into her instructional program.
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    Learning Explosion Publications is an educational web-site to promote teacher-created curricula. Vocabulary Explosion: Greek/ Latin Etymologies is a series of grade-level instructional manuals (Kindergarten through high school) which present a comprehensive plan to teach vocabulary originating from Greek/Latin roots. Over 50% of the English language is derived from the Latin or Greek language.
   Although it is offered as a 10 minute-a-day supplementary program, this rigorous acquisition plan will yield both an academic and a robust vocabulary1.  Using one root each week, a vocabulary list is formed from the derivatives  Most of the words in  the list develop an academic vocabulary.  A few words in each list, however, develop a robust vocabulary.  For example, Grade 3 Week 1,  the Latin root actus means to do or drive.  It yields many derivatives, such as action; react; inactive, activity.  These derivatives would classify as an academic vocabulary.  In addition, the derivatives transaction; and proactive enhance the third grade vocabulary to develop a robust vocabulary.
    Moreover, since the root yields several derivatives, the vocabulary list for the week is a family of words related by common origin from the root. Thus presented as a cluster, the student is facilitated in the task of vocabulary acquisition.
   This curricula not only satisfies state standards for Language Arts Vocabulary Acquisition, but is easily adapted to individual needs of diverse learners. It is readily adaptable for differentiation.  
    Many modes for active learning are presented including the Interactive Whiteboard; Powerpoint; conversational interaction; peer pairs;games (www.dictionary.com) and writing activities.  Reading comprehension and test scores will be positively affected as students use this approach to language acquisition based on finding meaningful chunks of words: morphology. 

1. Isabel Beck: Creating Robust Vocabulary and Robert Marzano: Building Academic Vocabulary.

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