Decoding Science Words Using Word Roots

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NAME: _____________________________________________
PD: ______________
Back to Our Roots - Decoding
INSTRUCTIONS: Use the word roots posted around the room and your list of Earth Science word roots to decode the
words below. If you can’t decode the word, identify and define the root within the word.
1. triceratops _______________________________________________________________________________________
2. hydrolysis _______________________________________________________________________________________
3. graphite _________________________________________________________________________________________
4. centimeter _______________________________________________________________________________________
5. microscope ______________________________________________________________________________________
6. television ________________________________________________________________________________________
13. thermometer ____________________________________________________________________________________
16. visible _________________________________________________________________________________________
17. congress _______________________________________________________________________________________
18. disrupt _________________________________________________________________________________________
21. inject __________________________________________________________________________________________
26. memorize ______________________________________________________________________________________
27. equinox ________________________________________________________________________________________
28. omnivore _______________________________________________________________________________________
30. flexible _________________________________________________________________________________________
33. malformed ______________________________________________________________________________________
34. obstacle ________________________________________________________________________________________
NAME: _____________________________________________
PD: ______________
Back to Our Roots - Definitions
INSTRUCTIONS: Use the word roots posted around the room and your list of Earth Science word roots to write a word
that matches the definitions below.
1. water area ___________________________________
2. time of first life _______________________________
3. time of old life ________________________________
4. time of middle life ____________________________
5. around the poles ______________________________
6. bending below _______________________________
7. to move away ________________________________
8. to move together _____________________________
9. across the shape ______________________________
10. between shapes _____________________________
11. nature of fire ________________________________
12. to wrap in __________________________________
13. to twist out _________________________________
14. having holes ________________________________
15. made of pieces _______________________________
16. pieces of life ________________________________
17. made of leaves _______________________________
18. to be in a line _______________________________
19. act of changing shapes _________________________
20. new beginning ______________________________
21. ancient time _________________________________
22. time of Hades _______________________________
23. making mountains ____________________________
24. being shiny _________________________________
25. related to ice ________________________________
26. above the center ____________________________
27. caused by an earthquake _______________________
28. measure of pressure _________________________
29. measures wind _______________________________
30. condition of being bright ______________________
31. being in the sky ______________________________
32. roll around something ________________________
33. to spin around _______________________________
34. measure through ____________________________
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