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Wait, what am I supposed to affix? Explore the concept of roots/affixes with your class. They use discussion questions to discover the meaning and usage of specific roots and affixes. They watch a video explaining Latin and Greek roots 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. They determine which of the words fits best into a sentence and create definitions in their own words. The class engages with you as you move through this instructional activity, slowly taking on more independent practice. Although it is essentially scripted, you can easily use this just as an outline.
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. Then, the teachers create lesson plans to incorporate new skills they've learned. 
Accessing Web sites and playing interactive word games enliven the study of Greek, Latin and Anglo-Saxon roots and affixes. Alas, the link to resources appears broken. Take some time to find game links.  
Twelfth graders explore contextual clues and affixes. In this understanding meaning instructional activity, 12th graders use dictionaries to verify word meanings. Students write paragraphs using unfamiliar words. Students create their own word board games. 
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.
In this syllabication practice instructional activity, students identify the affixes in the 10 words listed and then use each of the 10 words in order to complete 10 sentences.
In this assessment preparation worksheet, young scholars look up 6 words and note the base word, root word, and affix for each. In addition, students write the definition and a context sentence for each of the 6 sentences.
Third graders will practice writing their spelling words with affixes in the beginning of the words. They will copy 20 spelling words.
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. Direct adult participation is required for some activities while others allow for collaborative learning, making these best suited for small group rotations across the elementary grade levels.
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. Some activities involve direct adult participation making for great assessments of student learning, while others allow for collaboration between peers, offering a range opportunities for children to develop their fluency.
In this base words worksheet, learners study each given word that may use prefixes, suffixes, or both. Students then write the base word on the line and check their answers in the dictionary. Learners then choose five base words and write sentences for each. Students finish by writing a sentence for the base word with its affixes.
After a brief review of roots and affixes, partners are asked to choose a root, find words built on that root, and create a Christmas ornament decorated with these words. Beware the typos!
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. Then, using knowledge of the base word and affix, students determine the meaning of each term. This collaborative activity would work nicely as a center during language arts rotations in most elementary grade levels.
Engaging your class in prefix and suffix instruction with these helpful ideas.
Fifth graders will use a dictionary to complete 5 charts organizing words by their roots and affixes. This worksheet is 4 pages long, and is a great way to help students better understand how to glean the meaning of a word by knowing its parts.
Understanding a word's etymology can really help with decoding and building vocabulary skills. Readers compare and contrast words of similar origins but with different difficulty levels. They focus on prefixes, suffixes, and affixes. Several web links and two pages of word origins are included.
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. They then practice analyzing words using their new-found skill.
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. 
Seventh graders review the concepts of affixes and roots. They practice common Greek, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon ones which are used to form many words in English. Students develop an awareness of the formation and evolution of words.

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