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Science Root Words, Prefixes and Suffixes

When your students understand science root words, they can decode science vocabulary more easily!

Use this unit to help teach your class about science root words.

This unit includes an introduction to root words, prefixes, and suffixes as well as six practice pages on root words and their affixes.

Students will learn to recognize the common root words and their meanings. This will make them better readers and help with comprehension, especially in science class.

This unit on science root words includes:

  • A PowerPoint slide show on root words
  • 3 practice pages
  • 2 crossword puzzles
  • A word search

Other science teachers LOVE this unit!

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I love teaching my students how to comprehend science vocabulary by using the root word and prefix/suffix strategy. Really useful. No prep!

Karen S. 11/10/22

This is a standards-aligned resource.

You can use this to help you teach CCSS RI.4.4, RI.5.4, and RI.6.4.

CCSSRI.4.4: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

CCSSRI.5.4: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

CCSSRI.6.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

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Science Root Words Give Student an Advantage in Decoding New Words

If you know that hydro means water and cycle means to repeat, you will probably be able to figure out what a hydrocycle is. Students are introduced to new science words all the time. This skill will help them to make sense of new information. 

Do you want your students to understand science root words in order to decode science vocabulary? This unit includes an introduction to root words, prefixes, and suffixes as well as six practice pages on root words and their affixes. Students will learn to recognize the common root words and their meanings. This will make them better readers and help with comprehension, especially in science class.

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