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Why Word Roots Matter to a Fifth Grader!

By: Rick NewtonPosted 04/22/22
Why Word Roots Matter to a Fifth Grader!

I was in the fifth grade when I first met the word quadruped while reading a homework assignment about mammals (“live-bearing quadrupeds”). Miss Patterson showed us how to unlock the meaning of a long or difficult word - even if we had never heard the word before – by finding its roots. My big “aha moment” occurred in the fifth grade, but it can happen to any student at any age. It’s never too late to learn a few roots, and the sooner the better!

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Building Vocabulary in Summer School

By: Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D., Nancy Padak, Ed.D., Rick M. Newton, Ph.D., and Evangeline Newton, Ph.D.Posted 03/10/22
Building Vocabulary in Summer School

Summer is on its way, and so is summer school. What to teach? Time is always limited for instruction and learning in the summer. The teaching of word roots (morphemes) in the summer offers great opportunities to help students in a number of areas.

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Six Effective Speaking Strategies for English Learners in Virtual Instruction

Instruction has not looked the same since schools closed their physical classrooms in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Educators across the United States have worked tirelessly since that time to reach and teach all students. English learners have particular educational needs.

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Building Vocabulary with Word Roots Builds Reading Comprehension – Part 2

Moving from classroom Language Arts teacher to K-5 District ELA Specialist my first order of business was to gauge where we were with reading scores when compared to the rest of the state. We fell well below the state average in Reading Informational Text, Reading Literature, and Language subtests.

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Building Vocabulary with Word Roots Builds Reading Comprehension – Part 1

Discover a 5th grade teacher’s journey using Greek and Latin roots switch to a morphological approach helped his students improve their reading level.

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Playing With Words

By: Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D.Posted 06/08/20
Playing With Words

Many scholars argue that we learn best when are given chances to be playful and creative with what it is we are learning. This is true of whether learning science, learning to play baseball, or learning words. Let’s make word study joyful and engaging for all students with word play.

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