To begin todays lesson, I ask students to take back out their mini-books that we made yesterday from their blue writing folders. Using our Latin Suffix chart and our books, I review with the students what we have learned so far(including: the functions of nouns, verbs, and adjectives, what the Latin language is, and how we still use parts of Latin today through adding word ending parts, or suffixes, to words we use daily). I also ask the students to open up their books and review the seven Latin suffixes we entered into our books now. We review the suffixes and what they do or mean!
I tell the students next that last night, I was discussing the hard work we’ve been doing learning about these suffixes at home with Mr. Hesemann. I told them how impressed Mr. Hesemann was, but that he also had a question. Mr. Hesemann asked me if it was actually really important to learn about these suffixes, because he wondered how often they were actually used. I ask the kids, “Do you think we use these suffixes a lot, just a little, or never?” We have a quick debate about this and find that our class is somewhat split: some students think we use these suffixes a lot and some think that we really don’t use them very often!
Well, I of course have just the way to find the answer: a scavenger hunt! I tell students that today, we’ll be doing a Latin Suffix Scavenger Hunt where we will dig through texts we’re reading and see if we can find examples of these suffixes in use! What better way to make the use of these suffixes more real-world application than to see the suffixes in use in our very own books!
I ask the kids to grab their book bins, which are stored in the back corner of our classroom near our class meeting area, and bring them over to their seats. I model for the students how our scavenger hunt will work using a text I’ve been reading at home. I pull out my book and show the students how I’m simply going to scan through the text to find words with suffixes that we’ve entered into our books. I’m paying very careful attention to the ends of words, and who knows-I might even find some other suffix endings! But for today, I’m really looking for these Latin suffix endings. When I spot one, I flip to the page of that suffix in my book and I make a note of the word I found. Then I underline the suffix so I can see it clearly! I ask if we have any questions and then we starting hunting! While students are hunting I circulate around the room to help students as needed.
At the close of our lesson today, I ask if anyone found any words with suffix endings! Hands fly up all over the room! I ask the students if they’d like to share an example of what they found! Students offer all sorts of example, such as: reality, government, specify, rusty, unify, pasty, argument, dirty, and many more! Tomorrow we’ll work with these examples a bit more, but for now, we tuck our books back into our blue writing folders!