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One of the best ways to learn about prefixes and suffixes is to come up with examples, and this graphic organizer helps scholars do just that. Print one out for each learner and project one for them to see. Choose either a root word, prefix, or suffix to put at the top, then have learners come up with other words with the same element. Start with an easy one like un- or human to get them going. Do a couple of these together before letting them try another few on their own.
Math and language arts combine well as scholars practice with prefix and suffix examples. Using the graphic organizer, they complete an "equation" with a root word and affix as the addends and the completed word as the sum. Add an extra element by having them also write the meanings in all three shapes; do they notice how the affix's meaning adds to the root word's meaning to create a new meaning?
Did you know that kind is a root word and can be used to form the word kindness? Using the list of model words, teach your class about root words, affixes, prefixes, and suffixes. After reviewing each, go on to page two for some guided practice. 
A dictionary is a very helpful tool. Teach your third graders how to locate words, define them, and understand what root words are. They look up 12 words, write their definitions, then determine the root word that helps categorize each word group.
In this root word practice worksheet, students match 25 prefixes and roots to their meanings. Students place the numbers in the magic squares, and when all the answers are correct all of the columns and rows will add up to the same number.
What goes in must come out; using the graphic organizer included here, scholars send root words through the prefix/suffix funnel to become new words. Choose an affix to start with (for example, -able), then model how the funnel works as you send base words in and get new words out. Ask scholars to give you root words they think of and send them through together. For each word, record the original affix-attached versions on the T-Chart. Have learners do this independently by either coming up with more root words for the same affix or starting fresh with a new one.
You've never seen Chutes and Ladders like this; scholars review prefix and suffix examples as they move along the game board. Small groups get a deck of six cards with given prefixes and suffixes and a number on each card. The instructions are inconsistent with what numbers to put on the cards, but one or two works best. Players draw a card, moving their piece along the printable game board, which has spaces with root words. If the affix can be attached to the root word they land on, they stay on the space. If not, they move back one. There are some fun twists in this game, and you'll find differentiation ideas here, too.
Pull a root word from a hat and make new words by adding prefixes and suffixes. After a read aloud of the Peggy Parish book No More Monsters for Me and whole group practice identifying root words and affixes, youngsters play a game to develop syllabication and word-building skills. Includes solid modification and extension ideas.
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. Learners draw a picture to accompany each word, showing visually how adding the affix changes its meaning.
Explore language arts with a root word activity in this linguistics lesson plan. Middle schoolers trace the history of different vocabulary terms by identifying their Latin and Greek ancestry, and then they answer study questions about different word histories.
In this spelling and language arts worksheet, students complete varied exercises on 8 pages. Included are prefixes, root words, contractions, proofreading and editing.
Young readers participate in a prefix game. They use laminated cards to recognize root words, prefixes, and antonyms. Everyone determines what happens to a word when a prefix is added.
Sixth graders identify word parts, such as prefixes, suffixes, and root words by cutting and pasting. After a lecture/demo, 6th graders utilize worksheets imbedded in this plan to gain practice working with these parts of speech.
Play Bingo as a fun way to practice prefix and suffix skills. Simply copy this Bingo board and have kids write root words from a common list into each of the squares. As you pull affixes out of a bag (not included here), they add the prefix or suffix to a word if it will create a new word. To make this easier visually, have scholars write the roots in black and use a colored pen to add affixes.
Use prefixes and suffixes to deconstruct word meaning. There is a graphic organizer here to guide scholars as they come up with word examples for various affixes. The chart has space for five suffixes or prefixes. For each, they come up with a root word, the new word formed from adding the affix, and the new word's meaning. Consider also asking them to define the root word and the affix so scholars can see how adding it logically changes the meaning. 
Small groups get practice with suffixes and prefixes as they play a memory game. They fill out 10 cards with five root words and five affixes, all of which have one match. Use the 10-card template linked here or simply create your own. Flipping the cards upside down, they try to locate matches until all the cards have been claimed. You'll want to be sure kids don't use affixes that could be matched to more than one root word, otherwise they could end up with matchless cards.
Pupils make paper ships on which to identify and write root words, prefixes and suffixes.
Students play a word part identification game. They form words using prefixes, suffixes and root word game pieces.
Fifth graders use structural analysis to identify root words with prefixes such as dis, sub, re, and pre.
In this root words and prefix usage instructional activity, students view a list of root words and columns of the prefixes non-, im, ir, il, in, and mis using the prefixes to generate new words, especially antonyms. Students write 15 answers.

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