Latin- pel, puls, peal = drive, push. Pel, pul, and peal are used in many words you already know, but sometimes figuring out how they mean drive or push is tricky. So let’s “peal” on outta here and “drive” home the point with a little class discussion!!.
pel, puls, peal
So let’s “peal” on outta here and “drive” home the point with a little class discussion!!
How does a can of insect repellent mean drive or push?
What does the heart do with blood that results in a pulse? How does pulse mean drive or push?
How does an airplane propeller mean drive or push?
What happens when a law is repealed? How does repeal mean drive or push?
Think about what the prefix means. Remember that pel, puls, and peal mean drive or push.
Repel, dispel, expulsion, impulsion
Pushing into something without thinking
To push back
Being driven out of school for punishment
To scatter or drive in different directions
I saw the propellers spin as they held the helicopter in the air.
The school board voted to expel the students for selling drugs on campus.
Martin Luther King Jr. worked to appeal the laws that separated the races in the south, because they were unfair.
Mom used insect repellent to drive the mosquitoes away from us while we were camping.
The football player’s pulse is always low, because he is in such good shape. His heart doesn’t have to work hard to push his blood.
The smell of the skunk in the air was so repulsive that we had to leave the camp sight.
The cheering crowd made an impulsive leap into the air when their team scored.
The man practiced compulsive hand washing, because he was always afraid of germs.
The pulsating vibration of noise was ear piercing as the fire alarm sounded in the school.
Whole cities have been destroyed by the expulsion of ash and lava from the volcano.
Sort into the correct box.
pelican, repel, pelt, propeller, pelvis, expel, compel, pellet
Does not mean to drive or push
Means to drive or push
Jane: “Can you feel my pulse?”
Mari: “Yeah. It’s going really fast? Were you just exercising?”
Jean: “I’ve go a pulsating rhythm from running around the block as fast as I can. Kind of like the beat from that new song on the radio.