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Word Root Worksheet: Nephr/o

Today is April 19. On this day in 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord occurred, which effectively began the American Revolution. Also on this day, in 1943, against odds by any definition impossible, the the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising began.

Here is a word root worksheet on the Greek root nephr/o. It means kidney. Hence, the medical specialist who deals with kidneys is a nephrologist.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Squander (vt/vi)

Today is April 18. On this day in history in 1906, a massive earthquake hit San Francisco. It’s also the birthday of legendary American attorney Clarence Darrow.

Here is a context clues worksheet on the verb squander; it’s used both transitively and intransitively.

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Squeamish (adj.)

Today is April 16. It’s the birthday of Charlie Chaplin, basketball legend and all-around cool guy Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (whom I am old enough to have seen play once, in the fieldhouse at the University of Wisconsin), and comedian and actor Martin Lawrence. On this day in 1862, the United States Congress abolished slavery in the District of Columbia.

Here, on a Monday morning, is a context clues worksheet on the adjective squeamish.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Word Root Exercise: My/o

Ok, it’s just before the final period on a Friday afternoon, and as I work to clear off my computer desktop before shutting down and leaving, I find that I left this worksheet on the Greek word root my/o (it means muscle) lying around, so I’ll throw it up for your use.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

The Weekly Text, April 13, 2018

It’s Friday the thirteenth, and so far nothing bad has happened in my tiny corner of the universe; I hope the same is true for you.

This week’s Text is a complete lesson plan on using adverbs of time. I begin this lesson with this Cultural Literacy worksheet on anthropomorphism. However, if the concept of anthropomorphism is too abstract for your students, or if this lesson enters a second day, then here is a homophone worksheet on the nouns profit and prophet that may well be useful to you in other areas of your practice. When teaching this lesson, I also use this learning support which might also be useful elsewhere in your classroom; it’s in Microsoft Word, in any case, so it will be easy to bend to your needs. Here is the structured, scaffolded worksheet that is the mainstay of this lesson. Finally, here is the teacher’s copy of the worksheet to guide you in guiding your students.

And that’s it for another week. I hope spring has sprung where you live. The first azaleas are in bloom in the New York Botanical Garden, which is pleasant indeed.

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Controversy (n.)

Today is April 12th. On this day in 1934, Wendell Stephenson, Alexander McKenzie, and Salvatore Pagliuca observed and recorded wind gusts of 231 miles per hour at the Mount Washington, New Hampshire Observatory. These are the fastest winds ever recorded on earth. Also, today in 1861, General P.T Beauregard attacked Fort Sumter at Charleston, South Carolina in the first major engagement of the American Civil War. It’s the birthday of Al Bundy, (actor Ed O’Neill): he’s 72 today. I’m sure Peg has something special planned for him.

And here is a context clues worksheet on the noun controversy, which is a word high-schoolers really ought to know.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Word Root Exercise: Leuk/o, Leuc/o

Today is April 11. On this day on 1938, the Society for the Preservation of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America organized itself into a body; therefore, it is Barbershop Quartet Day as well. Also on this day, in 1945, Allied troops entered the Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar, Germany. It was the first of the Nazi concentration camps to be liberated.

Here is a word root worksheet on the Greek word roots leuk/o and leuc/o. They mean “white” and “colorless.”

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.