NOTE: Implementation depends on your particular setting. The following classes did not have a Word Study block in their schedule. Etymation was implemented sporadically over the course of a few weeks.  
The Teacher's Manual can provide further guidance on when and how to use Etymation in your classroom.

Spelling Inquiries

Weeks before watching the videos, 
curiosities escalate as students 
begin collecting words that
they consider exceptionaland post inquiries they have about unique spelling patterns.

Organizing their Inquiries

In preparation for the cartoons, the class shares their inquiries and organizes them into categories.



Engaging with the Cartoons

As students watch the videos, they gain insight and motivation to further inquire 
about words, revisit previous inquiries, and engage in etymological research!


Click to see students' completed worksheets

Adding to the Classroom Charts

After each video, the class records the reasons behind 
our unique spelling system, and all of the benefits.

Etymological Research

In class and at home, students continue to investigate the 
etymologies of words, and they look for answers to their inquiries.



Students record etymologies in their Collection of Etymologies packet.

..and they begin to approach unfamiliar vocabulary with a positive attitude.

(Classroom Anchor Chart)

Students agentively explore of new vocabulary!
After the cartoon I looked up more eponyms and learned that the word lynch means to hang someone and it was named after the man who made the law saying we should hang criminals! 

 Sharing their Collection of Etymologies:

Final Project: A DEBATE!

Should we reform spelling to make words more phonetic?


      " I wonder where the word s'mores comes from? " -student

 After learning the etymologies of chocolate and graham cracker from Etymation, these 5th graders decided to research the etymology of s'mores and each of its ingredients. They made these etymology booklets and, of course...S'MORES!


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