- Third Grade
- Reading, ESL
- 65 minutes
- Standards: RF.3.3.A
This introductory lesson on suffixes is sure to get your young scholars excited about root word modification. Students will work both independently and in pairs as they work on a bunch of fun worksheets.
Students will able to identify suffixes and properly add them to root words.
Introduction (15 minutes)
- Review the concept of a root
- Introduce the concept of a suffix, which is a set of letters that comes after the root word and changes its meaning. Give an example: "Big," "bigger," and "biggest" mean different things.
- Write on the board: "A suffix can change the part of speech of the root word."
- Give the following examples: "Teach" is a verb, while "teacher" is a noun. "React" is a verb, while "reaction" is a noun.
- Write a list of common suffixes you would like students to learn.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Have students work in pairs to complete the Part of the Job worksheet.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Display the Grammar: Suffixes worksheet using a document camera, then go over it as a class.
- Hand out the Circle the Suffixes worksheet. Allow students to work in pairs on this activity.
- Display and go over the answers for Circle the Suffixes.
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Hand out the Word Smash worksheet and have students work independently on it.
- Any students who find all 20 words can use 10 to write sentences on the back on the sheet.
- Enrichment: Advanced students can be asked to maintain a list of suffixes for the duration of the lesson. They can add the suffixes they know, in addition to any they learn about while completing the worksheets.
- Support: Pull struggling students aside and help them complete the worksheets. Reteach when needed.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Review the Word Smash worksheet with the class.
- Answer any questions the students have.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Review the definition of a suffix.