Etymology Teacher Resources

English words can typically be traced back to their culture of origin—which, given the variety of words in the English language, can be anywhere in the world!

Focus on etymology early with an elementary lesson that uses word clues to explore word origin. An etymology project prompts middle schoolers to explore where selected words came from and how they arrived in the modern English language, while a high school curriculum guide focuses on dictionary and thesaurus skills, Greek and Latin roots, and domain-specific language.

Doubt the language of origin? Try out a video that investigates that rogue b in the word doubt, emphasizing that sound is never as important as a word’s history when determining its spelling. Delve more deeply into the mysteries of modern vernacular with another video, which discusses how many odd or irregular words in the English language don’t rely on English spelling or pronunciation patterns at all.

A strong knowledge of etymology can help with students’ spelling, vocabulary, and word usage. And at Lesson Planet, we’ve got a strong selection of etymological resources waiting for you!

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Structure of a poem

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students develop basic understanding of the structure of a poem.
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Anne Carson

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
Pupils read poetry and a biography of poet Anne Carson as part of a creative writing instructional activity. In this poetry analysis instructional activity, students read about the poet, read her poetry, and analyze a photograph to then...
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Appreciating the Language and Interpreting the Meaning of Hamlet's Soliloquy

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students analyze Hamlet's soliloquy, "To be or not to be."  In this Hamlet lesson, students define unfamiliar words in the soliloquy and interpret the lines.  Students then read the lines aloud and identify descriptive words. Students...
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Them and Us

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Students consider social class issues in Great Britain. In this current events lesson, students visit selected websites and participate in a classroom discussion regarding social justice issues and segregation of social classes in Britain.
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Hidden Persuaders

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine classic propaganda techniques to analyze factors which influence learning and thinking processes influencing formation of public opinion through these lessons.
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The Relatedness of Languages

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use Internet and library resources to select and examine the origins of phrases or words, particularly words that have origins in other languages.
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Up, Up, and Away

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders participate in a WebQuest that introduces them to a study on clouds and how they relate to weather systems.
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Bunnicula

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Pupils create a dictionary of vocabulary after reading a story. Individually, they create a story web making sure to include all of the basic story elements. They also create a timeline and write a book report of all important events.
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Origins of Words

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students investigate the origin of words and how they came to become part of the english language. They recognize the differences between various,prefixes, affixes, and suffixes. Students write different words and present how they came...
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Dragonwings

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the literature study of Dragonwings. They write about the story from the perspective of a reader that is well informed towards the last chapters. Students also find target vocabulary and...
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Intermediate Matching – Types of Books

For Students 5th - 6th
In this book genre activity, students draw a line from the book type words to their definitions. They match nine words, which include dictionary, cookbook, encyclopedia, and fiction, with the definition that best describes it.
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Using Reference Sources

For Students 6th - 10th
In this using reference sources worksheet, students review what can be found in atlases, thesauri, dictionaries, almanac, encyclopedias, and Books in Print. Students then identify the sources they would use to find the 15 listed items.
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The Play's the Thing: The Drama of Cyrano de Bergerac

For Teachers 8th
Students practice dramatic 'living' through various drama activities. In this drama lesson, students define drama, view examples of dramatic elements in Cyrano de Bergerac and Roxanne, define characterization within the dramas, study the...
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Vocabulary Lesson-Pre-K Through Grade 2 and ESL

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Students say the name of pictures of simple objects, people and places, choosing 15 to use for the lesson. Students glue pictures in a scrapbook and write the word for each picture beside it. Students complete word recognition worksheets...
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Rebus Writing Using Nursery Rhymes and a Book

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students write nursery rhyme rebus songs. In this music lesson plan, students practice writing rebuses as a class. Students then create their own rebus based upon "The Bag I'm Taking to Grandma's".
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Strategy for Spelling Success

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders discuss words with prefixes.  In this spelling lesson, 7th graders examine a variety of words containing prefixes, and discuss the variation in meaning when the prefix is removed.  They discuss prefixes that are added to...
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Explore Chapters 1-5. Dragonwings

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students read and respond to the first five chapters of Dragonwings, by Laurence Yep. In this reading response lesson, students read the first five chapters and visit the author's biography page on the Internet. Students share one fact...
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Industrial Book

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders analyze the poetry of West Virginian poet Louise McNeill to explore the Industrial Age. In this industrialization lesson, 9th graders read several poems about industrial environmental problems. Students discuss the issues...
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Alice In Wonderland

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare and contrast surrealist paintings to Alice in Wonderland.  In this literature lesson, students examine surrealism paintings and apply those principles to Alice in Wonderland.  They explore how the artists and author use...
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Analyzing Unknown Words

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students analyze affixes and how they affect word meaning. In this language arts lesson plan, students use charts to construct and deconstruct words to find meaning.
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The Short of It: Lesson 5 Is Number 5 Of 12 In Unit Plan

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students examine how people and places are named and what the name implies about them. In this language arts lesson, students discuss how names came to be, including their own. They then read The Naming of Names and fill in a story cube...
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Word Art

For Students 3rd - 6th
In this word art worksheet, learners color or paint the pictures of life experiences through language bubbles. Students complete 14 problems.
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History of the Battery

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students study the development of batteries. In this electrochemistry lesson plan, students compare the different types of batteries. They explore its applications especially in the medical field.
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Grasshopper Plague

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Students study grasshoppers and Mormon crickets by visiting website to view images and listen to sound. They research the issue of serious insect infestation. They read about students who eat the insects as snacks and read insect recipes.

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