Happy #morphememonday everyone!

 

I can’t believe it is December already. Where has the year gone?

Now that it’s December, have you considered using this month as a teachable moment to teach the prefix <dec> discuss how the month December got its name? In the Roman calendar, December used to be the tenth month of the year, hence the name December.

Origin: Latin

Definition: one-thousandth, thousand

Examples: millenary, millimicron, milliampere, millisecond, milliliter

 

<milli> + <gram> = milligram

<milli> + <pede> = millipede

<mille> + <pore> = millipore

<milli> + <form> = milliform

<milli> + <volt> = millivolt

  • This prefix is a good one to discuss during mathematics lessons when teaching about place values and measurement.
  • This prefix should be taught to students in middle school grades.

Origin: Greek

Definition: write/written, draw/drawn

Examples: phonogram, grammar, ideogram, chronogram, pangram, tangram

<mono> + <gram> = monogram

<mega> + <gram> = megagram

<tele> + <gram> = telegram

<photo> + <gram> = photogram

<cardio> + <gram> = cardiogram

  • Technically speaking, <gram> is considered a Greek combining form
  • It can be taught in context when appropriate in lessons and explicitly taught to older students.
  • It is related to <graph>. The relation between the two can be discussed when talking about the difference between a telegraph and telegram or cardiograph and cardiogram.

Origin: Latin & French

Definition: quality or state of being

Examples: riddance, fragrance, conveyance, reluctance, vigilance

<attend> + <ance> = attendance

<ally> + <ance> = alliance

<comply> + <ance> = compliance

<assist> + <ance> = assistance

<clear> + <ance> = clearance

  • This suffix is one that should be explicitly taught to students in the middle school grades.

Last week, November 25, 2019, the morphemes were the prefix <super>, the root <aqua> and the suffix <less>.

 

Next time, on December 16, 2019, the morphemes will be the prefix <inter>, the root <port> and the suffix <ment>.

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