Saturday, November 7, 2020

SWI Challenge Cards -- Which One Does Not Belong?

In trying to think of an easy SWI activity that I could put in tote bags for families, I hit upon the idea of sets of index cards. Each set could contain several cards; each card would have a different word on it. For each set, one of the cards "does not belong," meaning that it is not a morphological relatives (does not share a modern-day spelling pattern or base) or is not an etymological relative (does not share a deeper history or root).

I created a few of these word groupings in my More Ideas for Saints and SWI post, but didn't think of actually writing them on cards and putting them in tote bags until now. They can physically move them around and sort them.

I am envisioning this as a work for an older child, who can either research on etymonline or in an etymology dictionary. If you want a paper etymology dictionary that is a big thick resource to have on the shelf, I like John Ayto's Dictionary of Word Origins.

If you have a child who is into etymology and you're looking for a fun Christms present, I suggest Ayto's Oxford School Dictionary of Word Origins or Once Upon a Word: A Word-Origin Dictionary for Kids by Jess Zafaris.

Which One Word in Each Set Does Not Belong?

New Sets:

nature, signature, nation, innate, prenatal, nativity

crown, corona, coronary, krona, shilling, civic

denture, indent, trident, rodent, Dimetrodon, dandelion

From the SWI and Saints Blog Post:

rose, rosebud, rosary, melrose, rosemary, julep

hut, hose, cuticle, curtain, sky, scum

garden, girdle, choir, curtsy, bow, Asgard / Midgard

island, earth, aquifer, aquamarine, sewer, gouache

bread, breakfast, brick, lord, lady, knight

If you come up with more suggestions, please share. The more the merrier! I got this "Which One Does Not Belong?" idea from Fiona Hamilton (whose SWI workshops are great for beginners and really packed with useful ideas). Rebecca Loveless also introduced me to the idea of a Word Bag, where you have a bag of words, each written on an index card, and the children sort them into "in the family," "not in the family," and "not sure." Here are some photos from my previous blog post "Ms. Renee, I Just Found a Homophone!".

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