Word Within a Word
Stems List #5a
Do you know what these words mean?
Examples Definition (Part of Speech MUST be
Stem Definition PICK ONE TO DEFINE! included!)
vita life vitamin, vital, revitalize
demo people democracy, demography, demonstrate
stereo solid stereotype, stereoscope
ism doctrine altruism, capitalism, Marxism
cogn know recognize, incognito, cognizant
surplus, surfeit, surpass, surcharge, surface,
sur over surmount
alter other alternator, alteration, alternative
astr star astrolabe, astronomy, astrology, asteroid, asterisk
dyna power dynamic, dynamo, dynasty, dynamite
chron time anachronism, chronological, chronic, synchronize
hyper over hyperactive, hypertension, hyperbole
luna moon lunar, lunate, lunatic
Assignment Due Date
HW 1 - Complete Context Clues (on worksheet)
HW 2 - define words (on worksheet)
HW 3 - define words (on worksheet)
HW 4 – Visually illustrate at least 3 words in one picture
OR illustrate at least 3 separately (Academic vocabulary
section of your 5 subject notebook)
HW 1: Context Clues. Using you knowledge of stems, select the word that best fits in the blank. Write the
word on the blank line AND circle your choice!
___1. The mysterious child had the gift of ___________________________ which allowed him to know what would happen in the future
before they actually happened.
a. vitalism b. precognition c. astrophysics d. gueswhathapens
___2. After not eating for a week, the woman was in danger of ______________ because she wanted to overeat everything she saw.
a. surfeit b. incognito c. gyration d. altruism
___3. Lizzie, with her _____________ personality, had such a powerful effect on the other girls in the class. Many of them would do whatever
she asked them to.
a. surcharge b. dynamic c. stereotypical d. lunatic
___4. It is a good idea to take your ________ everyday in order to keep yourself healthy and live a long life.
a. astrolabe b. dynamite c. vitamin d. hyperbole