Cryptomania Children's Book
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CryptoMania! Teleporting into Greek and Latin with the CryptoKids
Written by Edith Hope Fine
Illustrated by Kim Doner
Crypto Fun!

It's easy to go beyond the pages of CryptoMania! Here are ideas to get you started.

Cool Crypto Words
Logophiles: What’s your favorite word that’s built with Greek or Latin word chunks? Why is it your favorite?
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These posters show some of Alphy's new classmates, student artwork (second grade and up) based on the Create-a-Critter spinners found at the Centennial booth in the book. Now invent your own critter using the Greek and Latin on the spinner or other roots.



Greek and Latin Crossword Clues
Do you do crossword puzzles? Many answers are related to Greek and Latin. You’ll be amazed at how many Greek and Latin tidbits you can pick up. Here’s a sampling:

agora Plato's mall
amor love, to Claudius
circa about
de facto real
errata printer's goofs
ex libris bookplate words
geo earth, in combos
id est what i.e. stands for Iliad
Achilles' story iter
Ovid's route mis bad, in combinations
micro smaller than a mini
octo VIII to Virgil
ova eggs, to Ovid
oto ear, prefix
phobia fear
terra land, to Ovid
tri prefix for cycle
tripod camera legs
vir Caesar's man

Latin Sayings:
We use many Latin words and phrases.
cum laude
ipse dixit
magna cum laude
omnia vincit amor
per capita
pro rata
summa cum laude
et. al.
Tumbling Tetras:
Print out this fun activity to do with your students.
Print the Tumbling Tetras Activity

Ancient Coins
Third grade teacher Zee Ann Poerio uses the study of ancient coins in conjunction with teaching Latin to her students.
Learn more here:

Explore these fun links to words and ideas related to Greek and Latin word chunks.

Ready to dig deeper? Surf the net for more Greek and Latin connections:

What’s a fractal? The root is frac, from frangere, to break. Think of fractions. A fractal is a shape that repeats itself again and again, often getting smaller. Google "fractals for kids" for some great web sites on fractals.

Optical illusions trick the eye, ops/opt. Dutch artist M.C. Escher was a master of the optical illusion. Check out where his staircases Escher
Click on Gallery, then “Symmetry: Most of M.C. Escher’s Symmetry Drawings.” Now that you have the idea, create an Escher-like design on your own. Search through more of Escher’s art by returning to Gallery and choosing different time frames. CryptoKids will spot many words made from Greek and Latin word chunks, such as lithograph, metamorphosis, and nocturnal. (Escher’s beautiful works called “Nocturnal Rome” will teleport you back to ancient Rome.)

You’ll find many English words that came from Latin derivatives on this Classics Unveiled site:

Parents and Teachers
Visit the American Classical League for information and resources: