NOTE: The Teacher's Manual guide you on how to use Etymation in your classroom. Implementation depends on your particular setting.

Spelling Inquiries

Weeks before watching the videos, curiosities escalate as students begin collecting words that

they consider exceptional, and 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!

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 take ownership in exploring 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 people accused of a crime” -3rd grade student pictured below

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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