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In Search of the First Language

Classroom Activity

To consider the origin of the everyday words.

Materials for each team
  • copy of "Getting the Word Out" student handout (PDF or HTML)
  • Access to reference materials
  1. Organize students into teams. Copy and distribute the "Getting the Word Out" student handout to each team.

  2. If students become stuck, suggest ways to use available reference materials to arrive at the correct answers.

Activity Answer
  1. vamoose
  2. Teflon
  3. gauche
  4. Ouija
  5. equivocate
  6. magazine
  7. vandal
  8. sneeze
  9. ramshackle
  10. volcano
  11. scuttlebutt
  12. October
  13. curfew
  14. yoga
  15. ruminate
  16. mayday
  17. Auld lang syne
  18. utopia
  19. semester
  20. sinister
Teacher's Guide
In Search of the First Language

Video is not required for this activity

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