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All words are made up of prefixes, roots, and/or suffixes. They are the meaningful chunks in every word you read. Too often, people skip words they don’t know as they are reading. This breaks down their understanding of the text. For this reason, you need to learn how to break down the meaningful parts of unknown words so you won’t skip them. By learning how to “dissect” words, you will learn how to comprehend multisyllabic words, not just decode them.
What do you notice?
Common Link - Root Word “ped”
A word or part of a word from which other words are formed
Infer Meaning: What does “ped” mean?
“ped” = foot
Biped = a creature with two feet
Centipede = a creature with 100 feet
Impediment = something that stands in one’s way; an obstacle
Millipede = a creature with 1,000 feet
Pedal = a lever that is moved with one’s foot
Peddler = a person who goes from door to door on foot trying to sell a product
Pedestrian = a person who walks across the street on foot
Pedicure = a foot treatment that could including soaking the feet and polishing the toenails
Quadruped = a four-footed creature
Tripod = a three-footed stand often used to balance a camera
A creature with two feet
Has 100 feet
Impedimentsomething that stands in our way
Millipedehas 1,000 feet
A lever you move with your foot
Peddlera person who sells things on foot
Quadrupeda four footed creature
A three footed stand often used to balance a camera
Create a Web
Any voc. word
Makes you wonder
Any voc. word
How can learning new word parts help you understand what is read?