55 ROOT WORDS

& MEANINGS

Students are expected to know these 55 root words and their meanings by the end of 6th grade.  The root words are reviewed regularly, and they are tested along with the spelling test on Fridays.

THE WORDS ARE LISTED BELOW IN GROUPS OF ELEVEN.  

ELEVEN ARE TAUGHT AT A TIME, AND ADDED TO THE PREVIOUS ELEVEN UNTIL  ALL 55 ARE TESTED TOGETHER.

STUDY CARDS OF ALL 55 WORDS AND THEIR MEANINGS ARE 
AVAILABLE FROM MS. GIRARD OR MS KELCH.

1st ELEVEN

ROOT WORD

MEANING

ACT to do, drive
ALT high
ANN, ENN year
AQUA water
ASTER, ASTRO star
AUD to hear
BIBLIO, BIBLI book
BIO life
CEDE to go; to yield
CENT one hundred
CHRONO time

 

2nd ELEVEN

ROOT WORD

MEANING

CIRC, CIRCUM around
CRED to believe, trust
DEM people
DENT tooth
DIC, DICT to say, to speak; to assert
DUR hard, lasting
FIN end, limit
GEN race, family, kind
GEO earth
GRAPH, GRAM to write, draw, record
HAB to have, hold; to dwell

 

3rd ELEVEN

ROOT WORD

MEANING

HYDRO water
HYPO under, below
JUR, JUS, JUDIC law, right, judgment
LEG law
LOC place
LOGUE, LOGO idea, word, speech, reason
MANU hand
MED, MEDI middle
METER, METR measure
MORPH form
MICRO small

 

4th ELEVEN

ROOT WORD

MEANING

MONO one 
MOV, MOB, MOT to move
NOC, NOX night
PED foot
PERI around
PETR rock
PHON sound, voice
PHOTO light
PORT to carry
PYR fire
SCI to know

 

5th ELEVEN

ROOT WORD

MEANING

SCOPE to see
SCRIB, SCRIPT to write
SIGN mark
SPEC, SPECT, SPIC to see, look at, behold
SYN, SYM together
TECHN art, skill
TEMP time
THERM heat
TRACT to pull, draw
VIS, VID to see, look 
VOLVE roll