Lesson Plan

Tools for Tackling Words

Sometimes looking inside a word can help determine the meaning just like using context clues! In this lesson, students will learn to use roots and affixes as clues to the meaning of a word.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to locate roots and affixes (prefixes and suffixes) in words.
  • Students will be able to use roots and affixes to determine the meaning of words.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
  • Ask the students to share how they can determine the meaning of words.
  • Tell the students that sometimes we can look outside of a word, within a sentence, to find context clues that can be useful in understanding the meaning. Other times we can use what is inside a word to determine the meaning. When we do this, sometimes we need to take words apart and use the parts to understand the word.
  • Tell the students that they will be learning how to use the tool of taking apart words that have prefixes and suffixes to help determine the meaning.