Let’s Give Them The Words They Need!

Vocabulary Builders

A Subsidiary of Children’s Literacy Publications

Serving Schools and Families Since 2001

Vocabulary Builders

A Subsidiary of Children’s Literacy Publications

Serving Schools and Families Since 2001

One of the strongest predictors of academic success is the size of one’s vocabulary.

The ideas and materials on this site were created by a reading specialist with over 34 years teaching experience as a classroom teacher, reading resource teacher, and Academic Intervention Specialist. 


Interesting Ways To Build Vocabulary!    

These e-Flashcards will provide students with the repetition and review they need to retain this new knowledge. This bundle includes 110 morphemes presented in 10 sets with an additional 2 review sets. The e-Flashcards also come with 2 worksheets and a mini-assessment for each set. Increase your students' reading and listening vocabulary by thousands of words in just minutes per day for 12 weeks. Project the flashcards for the entire class or download them onto multiple computers for individual or partner learning/practice. The slides transition automatically freezing up your time.


This is a simplified, common-sense approach to learning the most frequently seen and heard morphemes in (from my experience) their most frequently used forms. It is a way for you to empower yourself and your student(s) with the ability to “figure out” the approximate meanings of thousands of words. That ability will result in better understanding of what is heard and read, and should result in higher test scores throughout your student(s) lives. Now, that’s a powerful gift!


If YOU learn these morphemes along with your students, it will revolutionize your teaching. It will allow you to recognize and seize those countless teachable moments throughout your day. By teaching these morphemes to your student(s), you will forever change the way they think about words. You will give them the key to unlocking the meaning of words.


If your goal is to empower your students, make them feel smart and give them the ability to become independent learners. This book will absolutely, definitely help you meet that goal.


This book is not an exhaustive study of Greek and Latin morphemes (word parts). Most morphemes have multiple spellings and multiple meanings. Many have been modified over time. It would take years to learn them all.


The morphemes were thoughtfully selected. On the worksheets, each morpheme is introduced in the context of words and sentences, ample activities were developed to activate the new information, and finally, student(s) were given plenty of opportunities to revisit (review) the new morphemes.


What is in this book?

• 10 sets of morphemes each containing three forms (Form A introduces the morphemes and activates the new knowledge. Form B is an activity that further activates the new knowledge and gives practice using it. Form C is a test.)

• 2 cumulative reviews to revisit the morphemes learned (one after Set #5 and the other after Set #10)

• Appendix A – Teacher Reference Guide – an alphabetical list of all the morphemes presented in this book, their meanings, and a sample word for each.

• Appendix B – Pre, Mid, and Posttest form

• Appendix C – 4-Square Activation form to be used to further activate the morphemes when extra activation and/or practice is needed

Students need to know how to recognize and use information from word parts, such as prefixes, suffixes, and roots, as a strategy for determining word meanings. For example, teaching the most common prefixes and their meanings can increase students’ abilities to figure out unknown words independently. (Graves, 2004; Stahl, 1999).


As a teacher, knowing morphemes can greatly enhance your teaching, as you can seize those priceless "teachable moments" that occur daily. 


By teaching them to your students, you can build their word consciousness and GREATLY increase their ability to determine the meaning of unknown words. 


If you feel you and/or your students need more instruction in the most commonly used morphemes in their most commonly used form, see our book Word Analysis: The Key to Unlocking the Meaning of Words. TEACH THESE 110 WORD PARTS AND INCREASE YOUR STUDENTS' READING VOCABULARY BY THOUSANDS OF WORDS. REALLY!Also, for interactive lessons to supplement our book, go to TBLessons.com


This page last updated 05/19/2020

Janet Caruthers, Ed. S.

Readers need a STOREHOUSE of words to draw from to:


  • Visualize as they read
  • Make inferences
  • Determine the meanings of unknown words
  • Read fluently
  • Comprehend what they read
  • Become an independent learner

Explicitly Teaching Words


Grades K - HS

Vocabulary Centers
Partner Learning


grades K - HS