"Many students are good "decoders"-they know how to read a word by sounding out its parts. But often their comprehension of the word's meaning isn't as strong. All of the research in the area of comprehension agrees that a strong vocabulary is the foundation for reading comprehension. In fact, vocabulary is the foundation of all areas of literacy-listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Since increasing and developing a student's vocabulary will improve his or her overall reading comprehension, research recommends teaching students the parts of words. Beginning at grade three the national standards require that students us their knowledge of prefixes and suffixes to determine the meaning of words, and that they uise their knowledge of root words to determine the meaning of unknown words within a passage. All words are made up of prefixes, roots, and/or suffixes. They are the meaningful chunks in every word a student reads. Too often, students skip words they don't know as they are reading. This breaks down their understanding of the text. For this reason, students need to learn how to break down the meaningful parts of unknown words so they won’t skip them. This is especially important for multisyllabic words. By teaching your students how to "dissect" words using the lessons in Greek and Latin roots, they will learn how to comprehend multisyllabic words, not just decode them.
The activities in this resource incorporate all levels of literacy to maximize the transfer of vocabulary into your students' speech, writing, and reading comprehension."
Ask your students about the root they are studying! Watch out-they will start seeing roots everywhere!