Where Did It Come From? – Many words in the English language come from words in other languages, most frequently from Greek and Latin words.
Word Etymology – Look up each word below in a dictionary. Fill out the chart. Then answer the questions.
Etymology Challenge – Each word below contains one or more Greek or Latin roots. Unscramble the words.
Word Roots and Origins – Read each word and its meaning below. Use a dictionary to help you locate the root(s) in each word. Some words may contain more than one root.
The Origins of Words – Find each of the three words below in the dictionary. Fill out the table.
Pro! – Many words begin with prefix pro. Look up each of the words below in the dictionary. Fill out the chart. Then answer the questions.
Meaning from Root Words – Use a dictionary to determine the meaning and etymology of each root word below.
Same or Different? – Some words look like they would have the same root word, but they actually have different etymologies.
Our Evolving Language – The English language is always changing, and our dictionaries have to change to keep up with it.
Etymology and Meaning – The following words have meanings that are all vaguely related.
Where Did You Find That? – Now choose the correct word to complete each sentence.
Word Family Trees – Words have "ancestors" just like you do. Like your ancestors, some words come from distant countries, and like the characteristics of a family, the characteristics of words can change over time.
Word Origin Project – Cut out the cards. Use them to create a "family tree" for each assigned word.
Using References to Clarify Pronunciation – Look up each word in the dictionary. Circle the correct pronunciation.
Etymology and Pronunciation – Look up each word in the dictionary. Circle the correct pronunciation. What is the origin of the word? Write it in the box.