Multisensory Monday- Greek & Latin Roots (hydro/aqua)

Multisensory Monday- Greek & Latin Roots (hydro/aqua)

Posted by Tammi Brandon on 10th Dec 2017

We’ve all heard words like “aqueduct” and “hydrogen” and maybe even words such as “hydrocephalus” and “aquarellist”. But, do you know how these words are all related? They hail from Greek (hydro) and Latin (aqua) and mean “water”.

Greek & Latin Roots

In Brainspring’s Structures® curriculum, the roots hydro/hydra and aqua are taught in Module 2. There are several phonics skills that may be taught (or re-taught) when it comes time to teach this lesson. For instance, Y making the long I sound may be reviewed; qu making the /kw/ sound could be re-taught; the concept of Open syllables could be taught or reviewed; and the schwa is another area that could be focused on. Additionally, the meaning of hydro/hydra and aqua can be taught using a multisensory activity.


DOWNLOAD the FREE Template here and provide a copy to your students. The students will either cut out the water droplets at the bottom of the page or may use blue construction paper and cut out water droplets. These water droplets and a cutout of the water spigot should be glued to a sheet of paper.  During dictation, students should write each word in a separate water droplet.


This activity reinforces the meaning of the root words hydro/hydra and aqua!

Tammi Brandon, M.Ed., CDP

Tammi Brandon is a Master Instructor and Education Consultant with Brainspring Educator Academy.

Brainspring’s Educator Academy helps teachers bring Orton-Gillingham based multisensory instruction to the classroom.

Our nationally accredited Phonics First® and Structures® programs help transform struggling readers into skilled learners with an effective, fun, multisensory approach.

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