Recent Word Investigations

We have several orthographic projects happening at the moment, so I will post the students’ journeys as they are ready to present them.

First, Tova and Emma wondering about the <a> in the spelling of <diamond>.

BBC Word Investigation Tova Emma from ZIS Grade 5 on Vimeo.

Andrew actually discovered the connection between <diamond> and <adamant>, another possible reason behind the presence of the <a>. To be adamant is literally to “not be conquerable”…an obvious relationship with the strength of diamonds. I know Ben and Justin are also looking at these words…stay tuned for their analysis.

Sean was wondering about the structure of <effective>, specifically if the two <f>’s are “double <f>” or, rather, separate, each a part of distinct morphemes.

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