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Old Words, New Words: How Language Changes 4

In this worksheet, students investigate how new words can be invented from familiar roots, prefixes and suffixes.

'Old Words, New Words: How Language Changes 4' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Root Word Awareness

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Many words in the English language are based on the same roots, and this can help us work out their meanings.

 

Television, telephone and telescope all have the prefix 'tele-', which means 'at a distance'.

 

Here is a list of common word roots. Most of them have come from Greek or Latin.

 

aero = air

aqua = water

auto = self

graphy = writing or recording

micro = small

philia = liking

phobia = fear

phone = sound

photo = light

tele = at a distance

 

Knowing these roots means that we can work out the meaning of unfamiliar words.

aerophobia = air + fear, so it means the fear of flying.

 

We can also invent new words from these word roots. There is no such word as 'microdog' but we can guess that it means a very small dog.

Three of the following words are real, and one is invented. Tick the made-up word.

telephoto

telegram

telemarketing

teleswimming

Three of the following words are real, and one is invented. Tick the made-up word.

microchip

microscope

microprocessor

microchair

Three of the following words are real, and one is invented. Tick the made-up word.

aeroplane

aeronautical

aerokite

aerodrome

Which of the words in the list could be used to describe the fear of water?

aquaphilia

aquascopia

aquaphobia

aquaphonia

Which of the made-up words in the list could be used to describe a person who likes cats?

autocat

telecat

catophobe

catophile

Which of the made-up words in the list could be used to describe a flying horse?

autohorse

aerohorse

aquahorse

telehorse

Which of the word roots in the list could you use if you were inventing a word to describe someone who had a fear of loud noises? Tick two boxes.

tele

micro

auto

phone

phobia

Which of the word roots in the list could you use if you were inventing a word to describe someone who loved flying? 

Tick two boxes.

philia

tele

aero

auto

phobia

Which of the word roots in the list could you use if you were inventing a word to describe someone who loved very small animals? 

Tick two boxes.

philia

auto

micro

graphy

phobia

Which of the word roots in the list could you use if you were inventing a word to describe the recording of the sound of water? 

Tick three boxes.

graphy

philia

phone

phobia

micro

aqua

tele

auto

  • Question 1

Three of the following words are real, and one is invented. Tick the made-up word.

CORRECT ANSWER
teleswimming
  • Question 2

Three of the following words are real, and one is invented. Tick the made-up word.

CORRECT ANSWER
microchair
  • Question 3

Three of the following words are real, and one is invented. Tick the made-up word.

CORRECT ANSWER
aerokite
  • Question 4

Which of the words in the list could be used to describe the fear of water?

CORRECT ANSWER
aquaphobia
  • Question 5

Which of the made-up words in the list could be used to describe a person who likes cats?

CORRECT ANSWER
catophile
  • Question 6

Which of the made-up words in the list could be used to describe a flying horse?

CORRECT ANSWER
aerohorse
  • Question 7

Which of the word roots in the list could you use if you were inventing a word to describe someone who had a fear of loud noises? Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
phone
phobia
  • Question 8

Which of the word roots in the list could you use if you were inventing a word to describe someone who loved flying? 

Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
philia
aero
  • Question 9

Which of the word roots in the list could you use if you were inventing a word to describe someone who loved very small animals? 

Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
philia
micro
  • Question 10

Which of the word roots in the list could you use if you were inventing a word to describe the recording of the sound of water? 

Tick three boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
graphy
phone
aqua
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