A love of words is something that isn’t taught in a separate lesson… it just happens when you look around and are engaged as a “word detective”! Everywhere you look, there are words to notice, patterns to see and connections to be made! Our latest discovery happened this morning when we were reviewing the climate zones of the world: tropical, temperate and polar. As I was beginning to write them up on the board, I asked how to spell “temperate”… “Don’t fall into the mistake of spelling by how is sounds!!” I warned. “What suffix do you see?” I prompted. It was at this stage that my keen word detectives noticed that it must be <temper + ate>. Wow, a new discovery for our suffix board… That alone would have been cool, but then my amazing word detective, Antonio, had an AHA moment: “Oh, that means that temperate and temperature must be from the same family!” WOW WOW WOW – this is so incredible! Then another amazing connection happened: someone then said, “Oh, so that is like the word pressure–> press + ure!!” WoW WoW WoW WoW… Knowing what we already do about “Super Vocalic Suffix Man” (the <e> of a base word is dropped IF there is a vowel suffix attached on to it!), the word sums would look like this…