Vocabulary From Classical Roots 5

Vocabulary From Classical Roots 5

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Item #: 006739
ISBN: 9780838822661
Grades: 5

This great series follows the same basic format as the original upper levels, but it is simpler and contains exercises and words geared toward younger students. Each Student Book includes 16 lessons teaching many English words with roots, prefixes, and suffixes originating from 40 different Greek and Latin words. Each lesson presents 8-10 words derived from classical roots, with the root forms defined in bold type at the beginning of the lesson.

Like the original series, the roots are grouped thematically, and each resulting English word is shown in dictionary format with a pronunciation key, definition, and sentence showing correct word usage in context. Each lesson then provides a variety of exercises combining matching, fill in the blank, multiple choice, antonyms and synonyms, using vocabulary in context, and sentence completion activities. These exercises ensure students comprehend the Greek and Latin roots. After each set of three lessons, there is a review lesson that cumulatively reviews the words in the previous three lessons with additional fill-in-the-blank, matching, and short writing exercises to cement the roots and words in students' minds.

Answers to the exercises are not included in the Student Books, but there are individual Answer Keys for each book. The Teacher Guides also include all the answers to the student books, along with lesson plans that help assess knowledge, provide oral activities and additional written activities, and present additional strategies to help teachers construct a sensible and effective way to teach vocabulary from a roots-based perspective, even if they have no background in classical languages.

Test Books are also available, which provide multiple choice tests for each lesson, formatted like standardized tests. Eight test questions are asked for each lesson, with twenty questions for the review lessons. We offer both the non-reproducible tests, where students answer directly in the book, and reproducible ones, which are the same tests but are legally reproducible so you can make as many copies as you need. This series is just as useful and effective as the upper Vocabulary from Classical Roots series and is a great, inexpensive resource for teaching younger students important Greek and Latin roots. ~ Rachel

Category Description for Vocabulary from Classical Roots:

In the case of this series, the sum is definitely more than the total of its parts. As the most important Latin and Greek roots are studied, students increase their vocabularies far more than the 240 words actually presented, since these roots form the basis for many additional words. Roots are grouped thematically in worktexts, with each of the sixteen lessons in every book introducing up to 15 words derived from two or more classical roots. Each lesson begins with a "root dictionary". The root and root forms are shown and defined in bold type, followed by English word(s) derived from that root. Each English word is shown in dictionary format with pronunciation key, definition(s) and word forms each followed by a sentence showing correct word usage in context. Small side boxes list additional words that are formed from the same root. A variety of exercises based on synonyms, antonyms, analogies, vocabularies in context, and sentence completion are provided at the end of lessons to insure mastery. The many literary, historical and geographical references are designed to increase the student's cultural literacy. After every two lessons, a creative or expository writing assignment is suggested, using words from the lessons , allowing the student to put into practice the words he's learned.

Answers are available in the Answer Key, but if you want a little more help, opt for the Teacher Key. The Teacher Key is a valuable resource, as it complements, extends, and enriches the series. It provides tips for individual learning needs and shows how to ensure that students are building upon earlier skills. It gives support for every lesson, provides blackline masters to reinforce key words, gives additional review activities and vocabulary games, and includes a glossary and answer key for the student books.

Test Booklets (with answers) are available as well. The single test is non-reproducible while the more expensive version (only available for Grades 4, 5, 6) can be copied for classroom or home use.

You get a lot of educational value for your money here. This series would be beneficial to parents too - especially those that didn't attend parochial school or study the classical languages!

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Series Title
Vocabulary from Classical Roots Ser.
Elementary/High School
Lee Mountain
Softcover Book
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I've used it before and like how it teaches students to recognize roots and their meaning.
Roxanne C on Jan 17, 2023
Vocabulary and spelling studies
Bonnie H on May 10, 2022
I've used it before and like how it teaches students to recognize roots and their meaning.
Roxanne C on Jan 17, 2023
I've used it previously. It is "user friendly".
Roxanne C on Aug 22, 2022
Vocabulary and spelling studies
Bonnie H on May 10, 2022
2 short of a class set
Julie C on Dec 18, 2020
These books are fun for kids and an enjoyable way to bolster their vocabulary knowledge.
EMILY K on Nov 16, 2020
From Well-trained mind book
Yuliya M on Oct 30, 2020
We chose this to complement a Latin language curriculum we're currently using.
Lucas P on Sep 10, 2020
Assigned by teacher
Ashley P on Aug 4, 2020
Required book for our co-op
Suzanne S on Jul 25, 2020
For my 2nd grader / hybrid school
Julie M on Jul 23, 2020
Teacher recommendation
Anna F on May 4, 2020
I liked the emphasis on word roots and the level of difficulty for my daughter's grade level.
Arlene S on Aug 14, 2019
Needed this to complete my set for next school year.
ELIZABETH on Jul 18, 2019
I enjoy this even more than my students. I love learning more about where words come from and what they mean. It's a great resource for leaning how many words are connected.
Candice W on Mar 11, 2019
We are just finishing 4. My children, all middle school age, are progressing and learning quickly. We are all enjoying their understanding of prefixes, suffixes, and roots.
Kelly G on Feb 22, 2019
Have a new 5th grader
Sheila S on Jan 25, 2019
will use for tutoring a fifth grader
Terri L on Nov 4, 2018
Recommended by The Well Trained Mind, many positive reviews, straight forward layout
Holli P on Aug 11, 2018
liked book 4
Alexandra G on Dec 13, 2017
It is wonderful book with right set of words for a 3rd grader. List of words with Greek and Latin toots do not overwhelm young minds.
sathyabodha B on Dec 8, 2017
need it for vocabulary
Theresa C on Nov 28, 2017
For my 11 year old grandson
CATHERINE W on Nov 16, 2017
had all but the book
julie s on Aug 18, 2017
Gina M on Jun 28, 2017
Private school curriculum requirement.
Devon B on Jun 27, 2017
This was fun. I used it for a 5th Grader and a 9th Grader together.<br />It did have challenges for both. Learning all the root words and words associated with it was fun.<br />If you are looking into finding a subject to do together with other and older siblings, this works.
Judith E on Mar 9, 2017
To be intentional about building spelling/language skills.
Sarah C on Aug 23, 2016
Knowing the roots enables one to extrapolate word meanings.
SYLVIA B. on Aug 21, 2016
We used level 4 and liked it
Tracy E on Feb 10, 2016
I've used it previously. It is "user friendly".
Roxanne C on Aug 22, 2022
2 short of a class set
Julie C on Dec 18, 2020
Is this for 5th grade?
A shopper on Nov 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It can be. The publisher recommends beginning with earlier versions and working up to book 5. This particular series continues into letters as vocabulary becomes more advanced.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Love this vocabulary curriculum
I started using this curriculum based on the recommendation of The Well-Trained Mind guide. I like how it demonstrates to my children that defining words is so much easier when one knows the roots of the words.
It is relatively inexpensive, even though the 4, 5, & 6 level workbooks are consumable. Since each book only has 16 lessons, we complete 4, 5, & 6 in two years, then begin level A in 7th grade. Lessons become lengthier, so we move more slowly in A-E. My children could be completely independent in this program, but we grade their work together for more discussion & usage practice. Here's how we do it:
Day 1--make flashcards
Day 2--complete exercises (upper levels take 2 days to complete most of the time), study cards
Day 3--study cards and check exercises
Day 4--take test and check
I do not find it necessary to use the Teacher Guide
October 14, 2021
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great intro to Latin
We love this series for beginning Latin. My kids find it very easy to follow along. I’m using it with a 7th grader and the first book with a 4th grader. Recommend these as a great vocabulary builder in general as the parts of words can help kids with vocab overall.
October 15, 2017
over 5 years ago

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