Word Roots Beginning

Word Roots Beginning

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Item #: 042181
ISBN: 9781601441348
Grades: 3-4

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When one starts studying vocabulary they realize how words relate to one another and how learning a prefix or suffix can help them decode the meaning of a totally new word. Word Roots is based on this premise: to efficiently and effectively learn vocabulary (and aid spelling as well as reading comprehension) learn the different elements - roots, prefixes, suffixes. Word Roots covers both Greek and Latin roots; these being the foundation of much of our English language.

Each Word Roots lesson covers one or more root words plus several prefixes and suffixes; giving definitions of each. The student then works through a list of derivatives (words derived from the root word) matching definitions with the words. Then the new words are used in sentences; the student deciding what is the best word choice for each sentence. Previous editions of this program stopped at this point but the newest edition provides a number of extra reinforcement exercises: defining word parts, writing sentences and an optional creative writing suggestion. Reviews after every two lessons provide several different activities that match words from both lessons to their definitions as well as a sentence completion activity. A pre-test and a post-test help to evaluate how much the student knows going into the course and how much progress they made as they finish. Each book also includes a complete answer key plus a dictionary of Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes. The workbooks are reproducible for one classroom or homeschool.

Flashcards (3.25" x 5.25") have a prefix, root, or suffix on the front and definitions on the back. The set includes instructions for quick, fun activities. A helpful supplement to the Word Roots workbooks or other roots-based programs or they can also be used as an independent teaching tool. Card sets correspond to the word list for each level.

Compared to the previous edition, the roots, prefixes, and suffixes are largely the same in corresponding books; A1 to Book 1, A2 to Book 2. However, there are more derivatives (vocabulary words) and activities for each list in the new edition. There is no indication that Critical Thinking Co. will be updating the software, but the impression I got is that the increased activities in the books now correlates better with the software, which used to have more activities than the book. 225 - 250 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

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I have been looking at it for awhile and decided to give it a try.
Angelique M on Sep 22, 2019
Seemed like a good book for learning word parts
Kerilee B on Aug 15, 2019
I have been looking at it for awhile and decided to give it a try.
Angelique M on Sep 22, 2019
i like this curriculum. i used the old version years ago, and ready for it again.
seth b on Aug 27, 2019
Seemed like a good book for learning word parts
Kerilee B on Aug 15, 2019
I want to enhance my child's understanding of words and language.
Sarah S on Aug 7, 2019
Wanted to have a good foundation in vocabulary and this provides that basic word breakdown for vocabulary.
Shawntae T on Aug 2, 2019
Trying this as supplemental ...something new this year
Erin M on Jul 29, 2019
good foundations are important
Desiray C on Jul 21, 2019
I like this curriculum
Tracy B on Dec 5, 2018
part of our homeschool co-op curriculum
Lorie B on Aug 16, 2018
As a follow-up to Spell to Write and Read. We wanted to give more than just a spelling class, but wanted to teach with an understanding of the languages English comes from.
John D on Aug 1, 2018
User on Jun 21, 2018
Wanted an introductory vocab program.
Susan C on Dec 14, 2017
I am familiar with the Critical Thinking Co., and have liked their products. Although I have not seen this book in person, it appears to be a classical approach. The price point is very reasonable, and so I thought I would give it a try.
Beverly S on Nov 27, 2017
I like the Critical Thinking Books and I hope that I will like this one by them.
William J on Oct 20, 2017
friend recommendation
Maggie D on Sep 12, 2017
easy to teach less planning
Mytrang L on Sep 10, 2017
I bought this in order to improve my kids' spelliing and vocabulary
Alicia H on Aug 19, 2017
I think studying the latin/greek word pieces is helpful for spelling an vocabulary.
Sandra M on Aug 11, 2017
vocabulary building for my 6th grader
Lynae B on Jul 21, 2017
Hoping to help expand vocabulary
Krista B on Jun 25, 2017
Used with my oldest 2 daughters and they enjoyed it. Excited to use it with my son.
Dana S on Jan 10, 2017
I have a higher level of this for two of my older children and like it very much. I am using it instead of Vocabulary from Classical Roots. It is largely independent, whereas the Classical Roots required more hands on from me and that is not where I choose to spend my teaching time. Plus, they are learning more with Word Roots (in my opinion). I figured I would get my younger son started sooner rather than later.
Jennifer M on Jan 5, 2017
looked good
Bryan H on Dec 18, 2016
Emerging late 4th grade reader needs exposure to more prefix/root/suffix combinations to improve reading and vocabulary. I like this because it appears to be a reasonable amount of new material in each lesson, and it doesn't require an excessive amount of writing like other vocabulary resources I found.
Tamara A on Dec 5, 2016
Charlotte J on Nov 3, 2016
Great way to continue teaching latin and greek roots (initially started with English from the Roots Up
User on Sep 12, 2016
I wanted to try something that built on Latin roots, and boy, this one worked! It is great for spelling and building vocabulary. We paired this up with the Rummy Roots game, and used reading rods pieces to help make the words even more tangible and set in the mind.
Dominique F on Sep 7, 2016
Looking for a resource for teaching third grade vocabulary based on greek and latin word roots.
Dena P on Aug 22, 2016
Love all things Critical Thinking Co, they have fabulous books.
Nicholas P on Jun 6, 2016
To increase my dd's vocabulary and provide tools that allow one to decode many words.
Gloria C on Feb 6, 2016
Was working with another curriculum which you had to separately purchase the answers and the tests. It wasn't set up for younger children well either so this one looks exactly like what I envisioned
Delia A on Oct 6, 2015
Recommended from Timberdoodle
Julie S on Sep 24, 2015
i like this curriculum. i used the old version years ago, and ready for it again.
seth b on Aug 27, 2019
I want to enhance my child's understanding of words and language.
Sarah S on Aug 7, 2019
Is this set up for kids to do independently?
User on Jun 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, each lesson is divided up into sections (A-D) and can be used as a way to separate their daily assignments. Each lesson has specific directions and they are very easy to comprehend. My children used it M-W (or M-Th if there were four sections). If you have an advanced child, Level 1 may be more challenging. Either way, I would recommend following this Beginning level with Level I. Both books are excellent!
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This is great for my daughter. It is helping her excel
March 29, 2019
1 year ago
We love this book!
This is exactly what I wanted in terms of starting our DD out with a good vocabulary foundation, not just word memorization. During a chat with Janice, she helped me figure out what direction I wanted to go in with our 8 year old and she recommended Word Roots which was perfect. There are no vocabulary 'lists' per se, and we are able to take the basics from each lesson and easily expand out into everyday words and language. Thumbs up! We love it!
August 12, 2018
1 year ago
This is not my child's favorite subject, but it worked for him. We also bought the flash cards, we kept them in the car and made a game out of it as we drove during errands.
June 23, 2018
over 2 years ago
Great for older kids, too!
In spite of the fact that this is aimed at grade levels 3-4, I went ahead and purchased Word Roots Beginning for my sons, ages 12 and 13. Initially I was concerned that it might be too simple. However, both boys are very much enjoying the book and they both feel as though they are learning a great deal from it. In fact, they are likely benefitting more from the book now than they might have when they were younger. They are able to work independently and check their answers for themselves at the back of the book, which is very helpful for me! We look forward to moving quickly through this book and on to the next book in the Word Roots series.
September 13, 2016
over 3 years ago
I love these workbooks! I have one for each of my children and we do it together The pages may be a bit "cartoonish" for older kids but the information is still pertinent even to my husband and me! We like having times when we can learn together They often ask "Are we doing Word Roots today?"
August 12, 2012

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