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Know Your Roots: 'port'

In this worksheet, students learn and practise spelling words containing the root 'port'.

'Know Your Roots: 'port'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Root Word Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Many words in English are based on the same root words, and knowing what these mean can help us with spellings.

Hotel porter

The root word 'port' comes from two similar Latin words meaning 'to carry' and 'gateway'.

for example:

A porter is a person who carries people's luggage at a railway station or hotel.

A port is a place where ships leave one country for another, so it is a kind of gateway.

 

The word is also linked to carrying things, as ports take people and products from one place to another.

Match the words with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if you are not familiar with the words.

 

Play close attention to the spellings of the words as you will need them in later questions!

Column A

Column B

Portable
Of great significance or value
Important
A large, thin case for carrying flat items such as...
Transport
To carry people or goods from one place to another
Portfolio
Able to be moved easily from place to place

Match the words with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if you are not familiar with the words.

 

Play close attention to the spellings of the words as you will need them in later questions!

Column A

Column B

Portcullis
A document that entitles someone to enter or leave...
Passport
An iron grating that can be lowered to block the e...
Export
To send products to be sold in another country
Deportment
The way a person stands and walks

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

The equipment was __________ to the tournament in a van.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

Tara carried her paintings to the exhibition in a __________ so they didn't get damaged.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

The medieval knights let down the __________ so their enemies couldn't enter the castle.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

I couldn't carry all my suitcases but a friendly __________ at the station gave me a hand.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

As part of their __________ classes, girls often had to walk around with a book on their heads to make them stand up straight.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

My mum has a small __________ kettle so that she can make cups of tea when she is abroad on holiday.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

Rotterdam in the Netherlands is one of the busiest __________ in the world, with thousands of ships arriving and leaving every year.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

Britain __________ nearly £10 billion worth of food and drink products to the rest of the world each year.

  • Question 1

Match the words with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if you are not familiar with the words.

 

Play close attention to the spellings of the words as you will need them in later questions!

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Portable
Able to be moved easily from plac...
Important
Of great significance or value
Transport
To carry people or goods from one...
Portfolio
A large, thin case for carrying f...
EDDIE SAYS
Let's do this! The word 'important' may not seem to have anything to do with carrying, but something that is important can be seen as carrying a lot of value.
  • Question 2

Match the words with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if you are not familiar with the words.

 

Play close attention to the spellings of the words as you will need them in later questions!

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Portcullis
An iron grating that can be lower...
Passport
A document that entitles someone ...
Export
To send products to be sold in an...
Deportment
The way a person stands and walks
EDDIE SAYS
Try to remember the meanings of these words. Read each one carefully. This will come in handy when answering later questions.
  • Question 3

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

The equipment was __________ to the tournament in a van.

CORRECT ANSWER
transported
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! Remember the root word 'port' means to carry something or be a gate way to something.
  • Question 4

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

Tara carried her paintings to the exhibition in a __________ so they didn't get damaged.

CORRECT ANSWER
portfolio
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'portfolio' is now often used to refer to a collection of drawings or paintings as well as to the case they are carried in. Keep up the super effort!
  • Question 5

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

The medieval knights let down the __________ so their enemies couldn't enter the castle.

CORRECT ANSWER
portcullis
EDDIE SAYS
This is a tricky one. A 'portcullis' is a strong heavy grate that was used to block the way. They were often used in castles.
  • Question 6

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

I couldn't carry all my suitcases but a friendly __________ at the station gave me a hand.

CORRECT ANSWER
porter
EDDIE SAYS
High five! A 'porter' is someone that carries your belongings for you.
  • Question 7

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

As part of their __________ classes, girls often had to walk around with a book on their heads to make them stand up straight.

CORRECT ANSWER
deportment
EDDIE SAYS
This is a word we don't often come across these days. It is linked to the idea of having good posture. To have good 'deportment' was seen as good social etiquette.
  • Question 8

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

My mum has a small __________ kettle so that she can make cups of tea when she is abroad on holiday.

CORRECT ANSWER
portable
EDDIE SAYS
Have you got the hang of this now? Remember the root word 'port' means to carry or move things. If something is 'portable' is can be moved easily.
  • Question 9

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

Rotterdam in the Netherlands is one of the busiest __________ in the world, with thousands of ships arriving and leaving every year.

CORRECT ANSWER
ports
EDDIE SAYS
Excellent effort! The root meaning of 'port' can also mean a gateway to something. A 'port' is a gateway to the sea.
  • Question 10

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

Britain __________ nearly £10 billion worth of food and drink products to the rest of the world each year.

CORRECT ANSWER
exports
EDDIE SAYS
High five! Super effort! It is important to understand where words comes from. It helps us to identify the meanings of other words that have come from a root meaning.
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