Latin and Greek Roots Challenge


Latin and Greek Roots Challenge

In 2012, Blessed Sacrament School began participating in the Latin and Greek Roots Challenge.  The Latin and Greek Roots Challenge is a fun, educational program designed to introduce students to Latin and Greek roots and their meanings. The underlying intent of the program is to instill in students the discipline to “deconstruct” words into their component roots and, therefore, to unlock the meaning of those words.

Each week, three Latin and/or Greek roots and their definitions are posted on the Master Root Challenge Board and Classroom Root Challenge Boards. For each root a Root Worksheet is posted. The “Challenge” is for students to identify as many English words as they can that contain each Latin or Greek root and write them on the Root Worksheets. We refer to the words the students list as “Constructed Words” to convey the sense that the students have constructed them using their knowledge of roots.

After a few days of brainstorming, the Root Worksheets are collected and Constructed Word Lists are posted on the Boards.  Each list contains a sample of 10-15 Constructed Words containing that root along with the Constructed Word definitions. Constructed Word Lists are intended to give the students an idea of what words they might have suggested. However, they are not intended to be an exhaustive list for that root. The fact that students may construct other words should be recognized and encouraged.  Constructed Word definitions are structured to reinforce their component roots and the root meanings.

For more information, visit the program's website:

http://www.thelatinandgreekrootschallenge.com/