Teaching vocabulary to our students can sometimes be a tricky business, but it is something we all must do. How can we make it interesting? How can we teach all of the words our students need to know as well as all of the roots, prefixes, and suffixes that go with them? There are thousands of words and stems! How wonderful would it be if there was a site that teachers and students alike could access to help build vocabulary? Well, there is! http://membean.com/treelist
I came across this site when I attended the NCAGT conference a few weeks ago. It has a list of over 1,000 commonly used stems. When you click on each one, you are taken to a visual of a tree that includes the stem, its definition, and examples of words containing the stem. My students were amazed to see such an enormous list and were excited to write the website down to further examine them all on their own. It is definitely worth exploring, and it can be incorporated in your classroom as early as tomorrow. It is free, user-friendly, and extremely helpful, which is exactly why teachers (and students) love it!
By: Christina Recker