Suffixes

  • Third Grade
  • Reading, ESL
  • 65 minutes
  • Standards: RF.3.3.A
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July 22, 2015
by Caitlin Fahey

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.

Learning Objectives

Students will able to identify suffixes and properly add them to root words.

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Lesson

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.

Extend

Differentiation

  • 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.

Review

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.

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