Vocabulary Surge: Unleashing the Power of Word Parts™

Want to improve your students’ reading fluency and word comprehension dramatically? Then try our new instructional product, Vocabulary Surge: Unleashing the Power of Word Parts: Level A and Level B.

A perfect follow-up to 95 Percent Group’s popular Multisyllable Routine CardsVocabulary Surge™ is a series of 15-minute daily lessons that teaches students how to break words into parts, hypothesize the meanings of unknown parts, and check meaning in context. The lessons also help students learn the meaning of the most common Anglo-Saxon words, affixes, Latin roots, and Greek combining forms.

The lessons may be taught whole class or in small groups. An introductory lesson provides the history of the English language. As each new layer of the language is introduced, the teacher demonstrates how words are constructed in that layer.

There are mats and cards to show that Anglo-Saxon words are joined as compounds and adding inflected endings (plural and past tense) changes the word’s meaning.

Teachers demonstrate with manipulatives that Latin words must have a root and at least one affix, and Greek words combine different meaningful word parts.

Students practice and apply what they have learned about word-part meanings and structure by responding to questions, completing sentences, writing sentences, and building words.


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Vocabulary Surge: Level A™

Who is it for?

Vocabulary Surge™ is for classroom teachers in grades 2–8 who provide instruction in Language Arts, science, and social studies in upper elementary, middle school, and junior high. It can also be used by teachers who work with students receiving special education, English Language Learners, and intervention groups.

How It Works:

Vocabulary Surge™ is offered as a series of two levels with increasingly more difficult morphemes. Level A (grades 2 and up) introduces the concept of word parts and guides students in examining the meaning and structure of high-utility word parts in order to build the most words in the English language. Levels B is more difficult and addresses content areas in higher grade levels. Each book can be used separately because Level B includes a review of important roots and affixes covered in Level A.

Level A Lessons include:

  • Lessons 1–2: 26 compound Anglo-Saxon words
  • Lessons 2–3: 90 Anglo-Saxon words with inflected endings
  • Lessons 4–10: 68 most common affixes—200 Anglo-Saxon words with affixes
  • Lessons 11–16: 48 common Latin roots—200 Latin words
  • Lessons 17–20: 37 common Greek combining forms—225 Greek words

Teacher’s Guide includes everything you need to begin your instruction:

  • 5-day lessons
  • 20 weeks of instruction
  • 15 minutes per day
  • Manipulatives
  • Interactive whiteboard application and PowerPoint® presentation
  • Downloadable Student Worksheets
  • Word Lists
  • CCSS Alignment Chart

Vocabulary A Sample

Vocabulary Surge: Level B™

Who is it for?

Vocabulary Surge™ is for classroom teachers in grades 4–8 who provide instruction in Language Arts, science, and social studies in upper elementary, middle school, and junior high. It can also be used by teachers who work with students receiving special education, English Language Learners, and intervention groups.

How It Works:

Vocabulary Surge™is offered as a series of two levels with increasingly more difficult morphemes. Level B (grades 4 and up) includes complex affixes and Latin roots, and focuses more intensively on Greek combining forms. Level A introduces the concept of word parts and guides students in examining the meaning and structure of high-utility word parts in order to build the most words in the English language. Since each book includes a review of important roots and affixes, each book may be used separately.

Level B Lessons include:
  • Review Lessons 1–3: 45 most common affixes used with Anglo-Saxon words
  • Lessons 1–4: 46 common affixes used with Anglo-Saxon words and Latin Roots
  • Lessons 5–13: 108 Latin roots and 11 affixes
  • Lessons 14–17: 48 Greek combining forms
Teacher’s Guide includes everything you need to begin your instruction:
  • 5-day and 10-day lessons
  • 33 weeks of instruction
  • 15 minutes per day
  • Manipulatives
  • PowerPoint® presentation
  • Downloadable Student Worksheets
  • Word Lists
  • CCSS Alignment Chart

Vocabulary B Sample