In the “It’s Greek to Me” learning activity, part of Scholastic’s Go for the Gold project, students “compete” in the Olympic Games. First, they choose an event – Archery (easier) or Discus Throwing (harder). In each round, they learn the meaning of Greek prefixes and roots. Applying these Greek basics to English words, students answer multiple-choice questions to earn points and make it into the winner’s circle!
Sample Question from Archery (Easier):
Phon- or -Phony means sound in Greek
What does “Cacophony” mean?
- The trumpet section of an orchestra
- A melody of sounds
- Clashing and harsh sounds
Sample Question from Discus Throwing (Harder):
Logo- means reason in Greek
What does “Logistic” mean?
- Relating to orthodox beliefs
- Pertaining to superstitions
- Pertaining to a system of reasoning
While participating in the “It’s Greek to Me” activity, students will build vocabulary skills.