Laney Lee

Science Root Words – Warm Ups & Bell Ringers



Looking for a ways to help your students improve and become aware of their vocabulary retention? Are you struggling to find ways to make long lists of words more meaningful? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then this science root words resource is for you!


These bell ringers are designed to familiarize your students with common science prefixes and suffixes! What they are, what they mean, and common examples. Every Wednesday, students will be presented with a prefix or suffix, it’s definition, and 2 or 3 examples. Lead discussion by asking students to:

  • reflect on where else they may have seen this root word
  • give examples and non examples


This resource is not discipline specific. The purpose of these activities is to spark discussion, reflection, and improve scientific literacy.


Who is this resource for?

This resource can be used by classroom teachers, tutors, and parents of students in grades 6-12.

How Can I Use this Resource?

  • Use the slides individually as a warm up or closure activity
  • Print the slides and create a bulletin board
  • Export the slides as PDF and give to students as a reference


Alternative ideas:

  • Extension activity for early finishers or for students who show a special interest
  • Exit tickets
  • Use individual slides as squares on a Choice Board
  • Scavenger hunt – Print slides and hide them around the room for students to find. Great for students who need to be moving!
  • Fishing – Print all the slides and place them in a bowl. Have students come up and “fish” for a new question while throwing their old question back. This is a great activity for students who enjoy being hands on.
  • Sticky Hands – (if you dare) let kids pick cards with sticky hands
  • Have students pull a slice answer it correctly to earn privileges like leave for lunch.


What’s Included?

Purchase includes a printable PDF file in color. On page 2 of this resource you will find a link to a student friendly Google Slide version of this file. You will be able to copy this file and use it with Google Classroom or any other paperless initiative.


Please take a look at the preview file to see more of this resource.


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