If you are working on strengthening your students understanding of morphemes, which are the smallest units of meaning in our language, here is an example of a simple, yet effective, multisensory activity. This activity focuses on the roots Milli (thousand), Ped/Pod/Pede (foot), and Sphere (round/circle).
Make it Multisensory
To help students remember the meaning of each root, students can quickly cut out different colored circles (sphere) from construction paper and glue them on to a larger paper to form the body of a millipede. Next, students cut out several foot shapes and glue those below the circles.
Students then write “sphere” on the round shapes and “ped” on the feet. Add some antennae and a face to complete the look.
Even older students seem to enjoy this simple, memorable craft!
Written by Tammi Brandon, M.Ed., CDP
Tammi Brandon is a Master Instructor and Education Consultant with Brainspring Educator Academy