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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Debate and Reasoning as Academics

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
This is a fantastic collection for developing logical debate skills in a secondary classroom. Each resource identifies a controversial topic and outlines differing perspectives, legal and etymological history, and focuses on academic...
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Assessment Preparation: Word Origins—Etymology

For Teachers 6th - 10th
In this etymology worksheet, students use a dictionary to look up 13 vocabulary words. For each word, they write the base word and its etymology, including its origin and the approximate time period in which the word was introduced into...
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What’s the Good Word? Etymology Project Guidelines

For Teachers 6th - 9th Standards
Who named the shapes, or the days of the week? Should words be removed from the dictionary if they're no longer commonly used? Are there too many words in the English language? Language arts students explore these and additional...
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Etymology Project

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Where do words and phrases come from and how did the original words develop into modern language? Have your pupils choose themes and from there select related words to research. Individuals must clearly describe the development of the...
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Legend and Symbol: An Etymology Lesson

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How are the words tradition and traitor related? A thorough language arts resource explores the ways Latin and Greek words are represented in traditional legends and artwork, and reinforces word meaning with several grammar exercises.
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The Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Word Choice and the Value of a Dictionary

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Poets generally choose each word carefully, and Robinson Jeffers is no exception to this rule. Look closely at Jeffers' word choice in "Inscription for a Gravestone" and "The Deer Lay Down Their Bones" through discussion and writing....
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Word Origins

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Understanding a word's etymology can really help with decoding and building vocabulary skills. Readers compare and contrast words of similar origins but with different difficulty levels. They focus on prefixes, suffixes, and affixes....
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Etymology Adventures

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use the internet to research the field of Etymology. Using this information, they create a list of words they were unfamiliar with along with their origin. They complete numerous activities by reading and following directions.
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The Wonder of Words

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
If your language arts students think etymology isn't relevant to their everyday lives, show them a presentation that will prove them wrong! The slideshow provides explanation about various words, roots, and suffixes that have adapted in...
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Etymology

For Teachers 8th
Learners dissect and build words from parts like prefixes, base words, suffixes, and inflectional endings. Etymology skills help us find the meanings of words by identifying the different parts that constitute them. Class members use...
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Etymology: A Mini-Lesson on Teaching a Word's History

For Teachers 8th - 11th
As you're reading The Hobbit with your class, show them the etymology of the word attercop. This presentation would benefit with some additional examples or with a practice slide that offers a list of words from the book that pupils must...
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Unlocking New Words: Partner Presentations

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Following extensive modeling about how to apply word analysis and vocabulary skills to learn new words, partner teams create brief word presentations to teach new vocabulary to the class. Preselect words from upcoming social studies,...
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Why Is There a "b" in Doubt?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Many doubt the reasoning for having a b in doubt, but do they know the whole story? Pupils can watch as a Latin word becomes the English doubt. The narrator explains the etymology of doubt, emphasizes the importance of meaning and...
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New Year's Etymology and Writing Activity

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students investigate the history and etymology of New Year's Day. They listen to a teacher-led lecture about the background of New Year's Day, design an image of Janus, and write a story in the first person telling what Janus might say...
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Mysteries of Vernacular: Odd

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Odd, isn’t it, that even when you think you know how to match a word with its definition, you learn that some meanings are at odds with others, that some subject fields devise interpretations that don’t correspond with others, and that...
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Dictionary

For Students 4th - 6th
Prep your class for any upcoming standardized language test with this resource. Use the sample dictionary page included to answer the reference questions provided. Great practice is provided here!
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Thinking Spelling

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
An etymology resource is packed with suggestions for activities designed to build phonological, visual, morphemic, and etymological spelling skills.
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Etymology Curriculum

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The English language is intricate as is any study of the origins and meanings of English words. A 45-page curriculum guide includes units on how to use dictionaries and thesauri, as well as core units on words derived from Latin, Greek,...
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Etymology Match

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this vocabulary practice worksheet, students match the 9 terms that end with -cide to their appropriate meanings. Students also write the 9 terms in alphabetical order.
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Who Invented English Anyway?

For Teachers 7th - 9th
In these English lesson plans, students use video, the Internet and non-fiction essays to research the history of the English language. They write a short research paper and design a PowerPoint presentation showcasing their findings.
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Mythological Word Origins

For Teachers 9th - 10th
No wonder the ship was called the Titanic. An investigation of Norse, Roman, and Greek Mythology provides insight into mythological characters and corresponding words in the English language. A close look at roots, prefixes, and suffixes...
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Words from Other Languages

For Students 7th - 9th
Teach your students about various word origins using this worksheet from Houghton Mifflin. It includes 6 fill-in-the-blank/matching questions and an extension activity.
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Word Clues

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Young learners develop a deeper understanding of target vocabulary. Working in pairs, students independently complete a series of word clue cards asking them to find various information about key terms including their definition,...
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Connection to Language Arts-Hidden Meanings

For Students 8th - 10th
In this etymology activity, students read about the history of naming words and how words are named. They think critically by answering three questions about the meaning of words, etymologies and the derivation of words.
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Root Words from Greek and Roman Gods' Names

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Prepare a stack of index cards with a Greek or Roman god's name on one side and their description on the other. Then, use the worksheet attached to brainstorm as many words that contain the root from each card. Pupils also create their...
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Areas of Science: What's My Job?

For Students 5th - 10th
Vocabulary is just as important in the science classroom as the English classroom. Young etmologists learn about various careers available in the area of science as they use their knowledge of prefixes and suffixes to uncover the meaning...
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Internet Adventures

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars explore where words come from. Every word had a beginning--- a birth. They use the internet and go to a web site given by the teacher to take a quiz on word origins, students are allowed to use dictionaries.
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Language Change: The Origins of Names

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In small groups or pairs, learners explore the origins of each others' names. An awesome idea, but you'll need to do the initial research to gather your class's names and their origins. Or, consider having each member of your class...
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Dragonwings: Evaluate Chapters 10-12

For Teachers 6th - 8th
As your class finishes the novel Dragonwings, use these culminating projects. A vocabulary list is given for chapters eleven and twelve and either an epitaph or letter activity concludes the book. The final project consists of creating a...
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The Story of 'True'

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
The history of the English language is a long and winding road, forsooth. Here’s a short video that traces the truth about the history of the world true, from its Old English origins to modern usages. Consider generating a list of words...
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Using Word Maps to Expand Vocabulary

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Looking for a good instructional activity on dictionary and word definition skills? The instructional activity presented here is for you! In it, learners utilize a worksheet, embedded in the plan, to record a word's...
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Romanticism in Western Literature

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Wow! Instead of jumping into a list of characteristics that Romantic literature typically abides by, this presentation starts by discussing the etymology and evolution of the word romance. After five slides of history, the viewers start...
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Speak Vocabulary Strategy

For Teachers 7th - 9th
A scarlet letter “V” stands for a desktop teaching vocabulary activity designed for Speak. Prior to reading Laurie Hales Anderson’s young adult novel, individuals sign up for a word, design a handout that illustrates the word, includes...
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Etymology

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students tie together planet names with Greek mythology. Students browse thru a dictionary to see where exactly these names came from and what significance they have. Students explore the origins of some English words.
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Language Change Exercise 2: Names Related to John

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Choose any name to use the idea behind this lesson plan! The example is John, but I like that the original author looked to his or her classroom makeup to select a name to study. There's a bulleted list of discussion topics to use after...
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Mysteries of Vernacular: Yankee

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
An American? Someone from New England? Anyone who lives north of the Mason-Dixon line? A New York baseball player? A dandy? A short video doodles around with the etymology of all an American word and how its meaning has evolved from 1601...
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Prokaryotic Vs. Eukaryotic Cells

For Students 9th - 12th
Viewers learn about prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells in the third installment of a five-part video series. The video covers the similarities and differences between these two types of cells, including a brief etymological aside on how...
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Vocabulary (Part 1) – Structural Analysis

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Understanding the words in a sentence is an important step in understanding what the sentence says. Learn about word parts, including prefixes, suffixes, base words, and word etymologies, with a series of language lessons sure to...
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Emotions Color Wheel

For Students Pre-K - 12th
Support emotional development with a color wheel featuring a variety of feelings. Each expression comes equipped with an informative pop-up offering a picture, its etymology, a definition, and an example statement. 
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The Sun Also Rises: Vocabulary

For Teachers 10th - 12th
After researching the etymology of a word from the provided The Sun Also Rises vocabulary list, kids employ the desk top strategy and teach their word to other class members.
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Mysteries of Vernacular: X-Ray

For Students 7th - 12th
What is they mystery behind the name of the x-ray? Find out in a brief informational video that tracks the etymology back to Descartes. Class members can watch the video and then interact with the additional resources. Flip the lesson to...
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Unlocking Word Meanings

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate eponyms in the English language. In this eponym instructional activity, 4th graders participate in a teacher led instructional activity on the definition of an eponym. They complete a worksheet in which they...
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Diversity of Languages

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students interpret graphs and statistics to recognise and understand the cultural and linguistic diversity of Australia. They create a profile of the linguistic diversity of the class or school. Students discuss Australia's cultural...
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Etymology1 Word Search Puzzle

For Students 11th - 12th
In this word search learning exercise, students locate 30 words given in the word box. Students find the words in a puzzle consisting of 15 rows and 35 columns.
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Persuasive Text: Vocabulary Charades

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students play charades to act out vocabulary words that have recently been introduced in class.  In this vocabulary activity students may work in groups or in pairs.
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Word Families

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
This phonics PowerPoint presents sets of word families featuring /a/ and /o/. Each of the words is accompanied by a picture. Students practice sounding out each of the words.
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Pudd'nhead Wilson: Vocabulary Strategy

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Invite your pupils to do the teaching when it comes to the vocabulary in Pudd'nhead Wilson. Each individual is assigned one word to research in depth and teach to classmates, one pupil at a time.
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Eng 312: Final Exam

For Teachers Higher Ed
When paired with other powerpoints by Don L.F. Nilsen, this final exam covers topics addressed throughout previous lectures (slide 14 specifies which lectures should be reviewed). Teachers could use this presentation to craft their own...
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Latin Roots spect, sta, vert: Synonyms and Antonyms

For Students 9th - 11th
Advanced readers strengthen their vocabulary repertoires by pairing synonyms and antonyms with six words derived from the Latin roots spect, sta, and vert. A word bank of 24 possibilities provides support (each blank has two appropriate...
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Mysteries of Vernacular: Sarcophagus

For Students 7th - 12th
Tackling etymology in your language arts or linguistics class? Starting a unit on Egypt or ancient Rome? This video details the grim past of the word sarcophagus, tracking it back to the early Roman empire. Included along with the quick...
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Mysteries of Vernacular: Fizzle

For Students 7th - 12th
Where do words come from? Watch this quick video to find out the origins of fizzle. The narrator mentions some amusing details about fizzle's past, describing a few changes in meaning that have happened over many years. Teach your class...
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Vocabulary Squares

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
As part of their vocabulary study, readers select unfamiliar words from their current reading assignment, record the etymology and part of speech, variations, the definition, and draw a symbol, logo, or icon. They then create a sentence...
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An International Menu

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars research etymologies using dictionaries. They explore the diverse origins of the common foods they eat after making a list of their favorite foods.
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Ancient Greece

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students explore the origins of modern language. For this etymology lesson, students discuss the cultural influences of Ancient Greece on modern society. Students design and complete charts that demonstrate the original and contemporary...
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Vocabulary (Part 3) – Word Meaning and Word Relationships

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
After studying word parts and context clues, young readers get to work discerning word meanings based on word relationships. Employing skills such as deciphering connotation and denotation, making analogies, and interpreting idioms, high...
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Where Do New Words Come From?

For Students 3rd - 12th Standards
Gadzooks! Where do new words come from? Who decides what a word means? What about memes? Young etymologists will be fascinated by a short video all about words, words, words.
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Past Language, Future Dialect

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Today, the word, tweet, is more often thought of as a verb than a noun. Google stands for search just as Kleenex has supplanted tissue. As part of a study of how the English language has changed due to the technology that brings cultures...
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A World of Words

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Just as the United States is a land of immigrants with many cultures, English has many words adopted from many other languages—which accounts for many irregular spellings of some words. Language learners research the origins of a list of...
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Vocabulary of Ancient Rome Grades 9-12)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners define ancient Roman vocabulary using the dictionary writing sentences.
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History of the English Language - Word Origins

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students use on-line resources to research their own name, determine its language origin and meaning. They take an on-line quiz to determine their "naming-style."
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Charles Baudelaire: Poète Maudit (The Cursed Poet)

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
After learning the main ideas of the Decadent movement, students work in small groups to read and translate poems by the French poet Charles Baudelaire using basic etymology skills. They then read the accurate English translations to see...
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Spiders, Man!

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Students conduct online research to learn more information about spiders. They take a current issue of their local newspaper and add spiders to the pictures where spiders might live.
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Greek And Latin Roots Vocabulary Diamond

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders study the first thirty-three Greek and Latin Roots from the book, English from the Roots Up, by Joegil Lundquist. They use Inspiration software to create vocabulary diamonds for each root.
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Once Upon a Word

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners explore the derivations and usage of common slang terms. Through internet research and discussion, students consider the Latin and Greek roots of contemporary slang terms. Groups complete an etymology chart documenting their...
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English is a Crazy Language

For Teachers 5th - 12th
"There is no egg in eggplant. . . " You might not lett a letter but you can definitely post this poster to call attention to the wacky way words work in English. You could even follow up by asking class members to collect other examples...
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Fry Lists

For Teachers Pre-K - 4th
Keep track of your learners' mastered sight words with 11 sets of words. Four columns list the words, as well as three columns for you to mark the date of mastery. 
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Where Does the Smell of Rain Come From?

For Students 6th - 12th
I smell a great video. Viewers learn how the smell of rain originates from various sources, and how ozone and organic material work to produce the recognizable smell.
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Bromine

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Bromine found many uses before scientists officially discovered it. Viewers learn more about the properties of one of only two non-metal liquid elements, and observe an exciting reaction while watching the resource.
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Preserving Montana's State Fish - Field Trip

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Many people know in cases with a lot of in-breeding, the species becomes weak and less likely to survive long term. Now learn about how out-breeding also leads to the same result. The second of five videos on Evolution and Speciation...
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Everyday Biodiversity - Field Trip

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Many pupils associate biodiversity with the rain forest or coral reefs, but there is so much more to learn. Join a virtual field trip into a pharmacy to explore the importance of biodiversity in all forms. The second video in a four-part...
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Life in Missoula, Montana - Field Trip

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Many who enjoy YouTube science videos recognize Brit, the host, from her previous work on SciShow. Learn more about her many science degrees and why she started her show.  Brit shares the area she where she currently lives and highlights...
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Adaptations at Animal Wonders - Field Trip

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The word camouflage was first found use in English in the 1917 edition of Popular Science magazine. Camouflage, along with many other variations, star in the second video in a four-part series about adaptations. Join the virtual field...
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Spelling Rule Exceptions for Plural Nouns: Words That End in CH and SH

For Students 3rd - 4th Standards
Have you done the dishes? Or closed the hatches? A practice worksheet invites learners to check 20 words with different endings, and to add either -s or -es to each.
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Moving With Your Roots

For Teachers 7th
Students dissect common words to study the origins of those words. In this language arts lesson, students study the Greek and Latin roots found in many words within English language. Students use dictionaries to fill out worksheets...
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Writing A Mission Statement: Part Two

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Student's identify one's values. They go over definition and function of mission statements. Learners are explained the first steps in identifying one's values. They discuss the etymology of the word "values." Students pair up and...
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Spanish in English

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
What do the words alligator, armadillo, and cockroach all have in common? Each one is an English word with Spanish origins. Introduce young etymologists to the joys of discovering word origins with a lesson that asks them to create a...
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Dictionary Cube

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Young scholars investigate new vocabulary words with a fun, collaborative activity. Given a deck of word cards, pairs of students flip over one at a time and independently look up the term in a dictionary. They then take turns rolling a...
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"The Salon for the Wits": Expanding Our Language!

For Students 8th - 9th
Before your class begins Act III of Cyrano de Bergerac, have them study some of the new vocabulary they will encounter. Words like dexterousy, caprice, slake, and chagrined are included. For each, learners record the defintion, part of...
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Flowers for Algernon: Charly's Language

For Students 7th - 9th
Although Charlie's name is misspelled on this worksheet, you can easily download the document and correct it. As middle schoolers read "Flowers for Algernon," they record the development of Charlie's language throughout the text. The...
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Making Movie Predictions

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Have you ever predicted the ending of a movie before it was over? Take your middle and high schoolers through the prediction process in this lesson, where they examine textual clues and predict the ending of a story.  They pick a sequel...
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Mississippi Trial, 1955: Vocabulary Strategy (Acquisition)

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Readers of Mississippi Trial, 1955 engage in a desktop teaching activity and teach other class members the meaning of a word from Christopher Crowe's novel using an embellished illustration of their word.
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Dictionary Skills - What's the Meaning of This!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
How do I use this word? Middle schoolers review the parts of a dictionary definition and compare an entry to a thesaurus entry. They then create mini-dictionaries using the Internet and a word processor.
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Mysteries of the Vernacular: Bewilder

For Students 7th - 12th
Help your class build an understanding of how words evolve over time with a video on the origins of bewilder. The narrator goes all the way back to Old English to find the beginnings of the word and moves through the centuries,...
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Segregated from its History, How "Ghetto" Lost its Meaning

For Students 7th - 8th Standards
Are you ghetto? Words, words, words. Middle schoolers are asked to consider the power of words, the history and connotations of words, the importance of careful, respectful word choice as they read Camila Domonsoke's article about this...
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The Hobbit: Vocabulary in the Round

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Blundering, audacious, obscurest. Class members develop strategies for teaching each other vocabulary words drawn from The Hobbit.
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O Captain! My Captain - Part 3

For Teachers 8th
Heroic Trading Cards? Using a suggested list, class members use the Internet to find information about a memorable leader, select and transfer images, and craft a trading card celebrating their leader’s qualities and accomplishments. A...
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Louisiana's Tragic Hero - "Evangeline"

For Teachers 8th
"Ye who believe...List to a Tale of Love in Acadie." Longfellow's epic poem, "Evangeline," launches a study of tragic heroines, epic poetry, the expulsion of the Acadians from Canada, and their subsequent migration to Louisiana. The...
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Dragonwings: Explore Chapters 1-5

For Teachers 6th - 8th
If you are beginning Laurence Yep's Dragonwings, this will provide activities for the first five chapters. The objectives include making connections to oneself and the world, organizing information and events, vocabulary acquisition,...
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Dragonwings: Chapters 10-12

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Read and define new vocabulary words with your class, then read the final chapters of Dragonwings. They choose a writing activity to complete and then share it with the class. They also work in groups to complete a newspaper relating to...
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Reading Comprehension 5

For Students 11th - 12th
Challenge your eleventh and twelfth graders with this reading passage. Whether you're preparing for upcoming state or school-wide testing, or you're just trying to give your class reading comprehension practice, print this for your...
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Ordinary People: Desktop Teaching

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Turn the pupil into the teacher to help your learners pick up and retain vocabulary from Ordinary People by Judith Guest. Each individual selects a word, studies it in depth, and then teaches their word to the rest of the class, one...
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Sense and Sensibility Vocabulary Strategy: Desk Top Teaching

For Students 10th - 12th
Amicably dispel “the prejudices of…young mind(s)” by exposing them to the language of Jane Austen. Readers of Sense and Sensibility use desk-top strategies to teach one another the vocabulary from this classic romance novel. The resource...
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Mysteries of Vernacular: Earwig

For Students 7th - 12th
Sometimes a folk tale takes root and, even if it is not true, can determine the development of a word and its associated meanings. Take earwig, for example. An earwig has a false reputation for crawling into your brain, but the name...
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Beginner's Guide to Arabic

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Introduce your language learners to Arabic. The most useful portion of this resource is the detailed information on the Arabic alphabet. Each letter is placed in a grid that shows the various ways to write it based on the situation...
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5 Tips to Improve Your Critical Thinking

For Students 7th - 12th
Critical thinking allows individuals to dissect situations, reveal hidden concerns like bias and manipulation, and make the best decision. Share this video to improve critical thinking skills amongst your students.
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Grade 9 ELA Module 1: Unit 3, Lesson 2

For Teachers 9th Standards
After viewing a clip from Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet in which major characters are introduced and the violence between the Montagues and the Capulets is depicted, the class reads act 1, scene 1, lines 158-202. Groups then analyze the...
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Grade 9 ELA Module 1: Unit 3, Lesson 11

For Teachers 9th Standards
The study of Romeo and Juliet continues as pairs use the provided summary tool worksheet to record evidence of how Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to heighten the tension in Juliet's soliloquy in act 3, scene 2, lines 1–31. 
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Grade 9 ELA Module 4, Unit 1, Lesson 4

For Teachers 9th Standards
Class members continue their examination of how writers develop and support their ideas by comparing two different texts about globalization. Alongside chapters from Sugar Changed the World, young scholars read an article provided by the...
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Math Prefixes

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students use a dictionary to gather appropriate information for writing simple definitions. They recognize prefixes that relate to numbers, such as mono-, bi-, and tri-. Pupils use their creative abilities to extrapolate new words to...
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Confounding Words

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders gain understanding of how words in the English language are formed. They assess their own work for sentence clarity and variety of expression. They increase their comprehension and recall.
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Heraldry and Biography

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Help learners discover more about their backgrounds. This family history activity includes links to sites about heraldry and family names. Begin by sharing your family history with the class and then allow high schoolers to do some...
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Concept Attainment Lesson: Metaphors

For Teachers 6th
Discuss literary devices and the use of critical-thinking skills to analyze and identify elements of poetry. Learners read and analyze the poem "Time" by Valerie Bloom in order to explore different literary devices, such as similes. This...
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Mysteries of Vernacular: Dynamite

For Students 7th - 12th
Start class off with a bang! Check out this video, part of a series on word development, which tracks the meaning of the word dynamite back to the inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel. After perfecting his invention, Nobel created the word...
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Mysteries of Vernacular: Window

For Students 7th - 12th
The word window has origins in metaphor and Old Norse. Teach your class about how words develop and about kennings, or metaphoric compounds, with the video and provided additional materials. The video is nicely animated and clearly...
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Mysteries of Vernacular: Keister

For Students 7th - 12th
A brief history of kiester, the video leads viewers through the development of the word, starting with kista, Proto-Indo-European for a woven container. The animated video follows kista through its developments and shifts in meaning. Fun...
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"Indian Camp": Empathy, Ethics, Ethnicity

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Class members have an opportunity to develop empathy as they assume the identity of one of the characters in Ernest Hemingway's short story, "Indian Camp." They write about one event in the story from the point of view and in the voice...
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Greek And Latin Root Words

For Teachers 8th
Students examine Greek and Latin root words. They research the history of the English language, solve word games and puzzles, write paragraphs about the impact of Greek and Latin on the English language, and create flip chart study guides.
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The Renaissance Person: composing an Extended Definition Essay

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students recognize the characteristics of an extended definition.  In this Renaissance person lesson, students read a collection of short stories.  Students research the definitions of Renaissance and Renaissance person.  Students write...
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Laurence Yep's, Dragonwings

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discuss vocabulary words and compare definitions. They read chapters 6-9 of the novel, Dragonwings, and discuss point of view, and complete a plot diagram. Then they review the four types of conflict and identify the conflicts...
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Changing of the Guard

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners reflect on their knowledge of democracy. After reading an article, they examine current plans for the placement of a democracy in Iraq. In groups, they research past regime changes and democratization attempts and discuss the...
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Laurence Yep's Dragonwings

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students read independently the novel, "Dragonwings," by Laurence Yep and make connections between a text and the world. They summarize, paraphrase, analyze and evaluate skimming and scanning techniques when reading a novel. Each student...
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Explore Chapters 1 - 5

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students preview the novel, "Dragonwings," by Laurence Yep, make connections between the novel previewed and their prior knowledge, other texts, and the world. They utilize graphic representations including charts, graphs, pictures, and...
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Teaching and Learning Through Objects

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students identify and interpret the function, usefulness or utitlity, form, beauty or aesthetics, and meaning, context or story, of objects and how they learn new skills and make things that they learn traditionally, by observation and...
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Dewey's in the Library

For Teachers 4th - 5th
In this language arts worksheet, learners become familiar with the Dewey Decimal System of library book organization. Students study and read the information, then answer 8 questions.
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Evaluate Chapters 6-9

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Young scholars evaluate various literary elements from the book <i>Dragonwings</i>.  In this literature study lesson, students complete various activities including a plot diagram, a conflict list, and connecting the climax...
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Reading Comprehension: Context Clues

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders use context clues to help them understand unknown words. For this context clues lesson, 5th graders practice identifying context clues on a worksheet, then work with a peer to write their own story. Stories are peer edited...
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A Way with Words or Say What?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine Shakespearean language. In this word study lesson plan, students investigate the meaning of words that Shakespeare invented. Students draw and pantomime with the words prior to writing short stories that feature...
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Thermoelectricity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students conduct a series of experiments on thermoelectricity. In this physics lesson, students investigate how thermocouple works. They determine the voltage generated when different conductive materials are held at different temperatures.
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Work and Power

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers determine their horsepower when walking up and down the stairs. For this physics lesson, students calculate work and power. They differentiate the two concepts.
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Dictionary Skills-What's the Meaning of This!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create and print mini-dictionaries using word-processing software, clip art objects, graphics downloaded from the World Wide Web, and/or illustrations they create themselves.
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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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Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders read the book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." Using the internet, 3rd graders research weather conditions, plants, animals and foods from different countries. After sharing information, they discuss similarities and...
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The Giver

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders work together and decide what a word means from context clues and write their best guess of the definition on the chart. They use on line dictionary and find a list of definitions.
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Glencoe Literature Themes: Legends

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students prepare for and respond to literature selections. This package includes five lessons from the Glencoe Literature series, each covering a different reading selection. Pre-reading and response activities are included for each...
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Context Clues Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Pupils are introduced to four strategies of context clues. While reading, they use all four strategies in different sections of the reading to determine the meaning of words they are unfamiliar with. To end the lesson, they share new...
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Dictionary

For Students 4th - 5th
In these research skills worksheets, students use the sample dictionary page and its information to answer the ten questions that follow.

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