On being a bonehead and other revelations

In case your child didn’t show you this or explain it, today we continued our look at poetry and Greek by examing the fabulous names associated with dinosaurs.  Students should be able to tell you about the structure and meaning of this dinosaur’s name,  as well as explain the meaning of this poem.

Below that is a list of some base elements from Greek that are used to form a wide variety of English words.  We began the challenge of seeing if we could find some.  Several students were quick to spot <hipp + o + potam + us>–“river horse”; Khaled and Carlos built <tele + scope> (later this week we will get to try out a <steth + o + scope>); Olivia and Presley and others had long lists developing–they figured out that <din + o + saur> means “terrible lizard”; and we discussed the relationship between pterodactyls and helicopters–can you see what they share?  (Thankfully it wasn’t the skies).   My favourite was Addison’s discovery that <astronaut> means “star sailor”–isn’t that beautiful?

I think our neighbours’ president might be a xenophobe!  See if you can find a few more and send them in.  We’ll take them up next day.  A fun little project will follow later this week.


















Click on the sheet to enlarge:Copyright Real Spelling

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