Word Within the Word
Stems List 18
Do you know these words?
Stem Stem Definition Examples Definition (Part of Speech MUST be
PICK ONE TO DEFINE! included!)
atmo vapor atmosphere, atmolysis, atmometer
cardio heart cardiology, cardiovascular, cardiac
cosmo world or universe cosmos, cosmopolitan, cosmonaut
counter against counteract, counterproductive,
cranio skull craniology, intracranial, cranium
cyclo circle cyclone, cyclotron, bicycle,
gno know agnostic, prognosis, Gnostic,
oss bone ossify, ossification, ossicle
xylo wood xylophone, xyloid, xylograph
monger seller fishmonger, warmonger,
sept seven September, septillion, septangular
xeno stranger xenophobia, xenoliths, xenon
vas vessel vase, vascular, cardiovascular
fore front forehead, forecast, foresail, forefront
ish like greenish, smallish, outlandish,
less without fruitless, hopeless, motherless,
baro pressure barometer, barograph, barometry
ferro iron ferrous, ferrite, ferronickel
quasi somewhat quasar, quasi-military, quasi-stellar
nesia island Polynesia, Micronesia, Melanesia
lepsy attack narcolepsy, epilepsy, catalepsy
let little booklet, piglet, hamlet, coverlet
nano billionth nanosecond, nanoplankton,
pico trillionth picofarad, picosecond, picogram
ideo idea ideology, idealism, ideograph
Assignment Due Date
HW 1 - Complete Context Clues (on worksheet)
HW 2 - define words
HW 3 - define words
HW 4 – Mystery Questions done in complete sentences
HW 1: Context Clues. Using your knowledge of stems, select the word that best fits in the blank. Write the letter in the
margin AND circle your choice! Do not use a dictionary for this section!!!
___1. Some think that high fashion is a ____________________ for stock market trends.
a. forehead b. booklet c. ideograph d. barometer
___2. The storm _______________ for the coming week was hot and humid.
a. ossicle b. forecast c. quasar d. forebode
___3. There are a thousand _________________ in one nanosecond.
a. picograms b. nanoseconds c. milliseconds d. picoseconds
___4. The flood of immigration stirred the _________________ of the citizens.
a. warmonger b. xenoliths c. xenophobia d. xenons
___5. The _____________ measures the rate of evaporation of water.
a. atmosphere b. atmometer c. ideogram d. cyclone
HW 4: Mystery Questions. Answer the following questions in complete sentences in the Academic Vocabulary section of
your 5 subject notebook.
Be sure to explain your answer and define the words in the analogies.
1.) Is a prognosis a disease?
2.) Would a magnet attract a ferrous particle?
3.) Is the Statue of Liberty a monument to xenophobia?
4.) Is September the seventh month of the year?
5.) Is an agnostic a know-it-all?
6.) hapless : luck ::
fruitless : results
motherless : orphan
bootless : useless
feckless : ineffective
7.) diagnosis : prognosis ::
sickness : health
analysis : forecast
ideology : ideologue
prediction : weather