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Compound Word Trivia
Engage young learners in expanding their vocabulary with these fun games and activities. Children learn how compound words, root words, and affixes provide clues about the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary. These six activities get progressively harder, offering opportunities for learners of skill levels to deepen their word analysis skills.
1st - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Picture It In Syllables
Developing fluency in young readers is a long and difficult journey. This series of eight activities adds a little fun to the process as children play matching and board games, piece together puzzles, and make flip books. Covering a variety of topics from blending and counting syllables to making compound words and adding affixes to base words, this is an excellent resource for building language skills in primary grade learners.
K - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Vocabulary Morphemic Elements: Make It Meaningful
Young scholars learn to find meaning in words using affixes with a language arts activity. Working in pairs, children sort cards with sentences printed on them that include words with the prefixes mis- and pre- and the suffixes -er, -ness, and -able.
2nd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Determine the Meaning of a Word Using Knowledge of Base Words and Affixes
Affixes can change the entire meaning of a word! Pupils practice with three prefixes and three suffixes in this scaffolded word meaning resource. There are affix cards here you can display in a pocket chart as you review. Learners first watch you add them to various words and observe the changing definitions.
2nd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat: Flash Card Games
Expand the vocabulary of young readers with this series of five activities based the children's book Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback. From playing bingo to group storytelling, a variety of different approaches are presented for teaching nearly 40 different words from this story.
1st - 3rd English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Knowing the meanings of common suffixes is a powerful tool for expanding the vocabulary of young learners. This set of word cards focuses on the suffixes -or, -ly, -ful, and -able, providing two words that include each suffix as well as definition cards for each term.
K - 3rd English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Root Word and Affix Instruction
Teaching root words and affixes is a great way to build the vocabulary of your students. Designed for a set of teachers (or student teachers), this presentation discusses the basic method of CSSD and provides a list of resources to consult.
Higher Ed English Language Arts
Prefix/Suffix Sentence Change
Sentences take on very different meanings with the simple addition of an affix! Small groups use blank sentence strips to practice this concept with prefixes and suffixes you have been learning. First, each scholar writes a sentence with one word that can have an affix added to it.
2nd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Common Roots and Affixes
Who said studying roots and affixes can't be fun? The tone of this presentation will entertain as well as engage your class as they examine the roots circ, cycl, pend, and equ. Opportunities for guided and independent practice, as well as extensions, are included.
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Prefix/Suffix: Trunk or Tail?
Use this elephant visual to give scholars a context for prefix and suffix examples. For each affix, they determine if it should be written on the tail or the trunk based on if it starts or ends a word. After listing it on the appropriate part of the elephant outline, scholars think of a word example that includes the affix, writing it on the elephant body.
2nd - 3rd English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Phonics: Identify Base Words and Affixes to Read Multi-Syllabic Words
Encountering a new an unfamiliar word can stump even the best readers. Third graders learn how to assess the base, prefix, and suffix of words to help them determine its meaning. The class works together to go over a series of common prefixes and suffixes, using each to create words.
3rd English Language Arts
Young learners develop a deeper understanding of target vocabulary. Working in pairs, students independently complete a series of word clue cards asking them to find various information about key terms including their definition, synonyms, antonyms, word origin, affixes, and more.
1st - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Roots and Affixes: How Words are Created
Designed for a high school audience, this presentation covers roots and affixes in order to build vocabulary. Common prefixes (like bi-, anti-, and dis-) and suffixes (like -al, -ion, and -ous) are briefly introduced. Then, a few slides encourage learners to study three words and identify what they have in common.
10th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Prefix/Suffix Picture Boxes
All you need to execute an engaging and effective word meaning lesson is to choose a prefix or suffix and make copies of this graphic organizer. Ideally you would project one of these for the class to see, modelling the strategy first. They write in the chosen affix and its meaning at the top, then come up with other root words to which it could be added.
1st - 3rd English Language Arts
Prefix/Suffix: Win, Lose, or Draw
Take an idea from the classic game Pictionary to give your scholars prefix and suffix review. They play Win, Lose, or Draw in two or three large teams, using a list of words with affixes as a guide. Teams send up a player who receives one of the words from the list to draw as his teammates guess.
2nd - 3rd English Language Arts