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Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes
Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes
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Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes

Help your students determine the meaning of new and unfamiliar words using roots, prefixes, and suffixes. The skills learned in this lesson will strengthen your students’ vocabulary skills and will support decoding and spelling.

5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Using Word Parts to Determine the Meaning of Words
Using Word Parts to Determine the Meaning of Words
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Using Word Parts to Determine the Meaning of Words

Give your readers the tools to decipher the meaning of Greek and Latin based words. In this lesson they review the meaning of commonly used prefixes, suffixes and roots and then practice constructing and deciphering words.

5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Practice Using Prefixes to Determine Word Meaning
Practice Using Prefixes to Determine Word Meaning
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Practice Using Prefixes to Determine Word Meaning

Students will learn how knowledge of word parts can help readers determine the meaning of words. This interactive lesson will have students reviewing and putting into practice some of the most common prefixes.

5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Word Meaning with Common Suffixes
Word Meaning with Common Suffixes
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Word Meaning with Common Suffixes

Are you careful, caring, or careless? A suffix is a word part that changes the meaning of a word. Use this lesson with your students to teach them how to determine word meaning based on their understanding of the meaning of common suffixes.

3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Understanding Prefixes: Dia- and Per-
Understanding Prefixes: Dia- and Per-
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Understanding Prefixes: Dia- and Per-

Show students how knowledge of prefixes can help them determine word meaning. This lesson reviews the prefixes dia- and per- and gives students opportunities to think about how a word’s meaning is related to the prefix.

5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Pondering Prefixes
Pondering Prefixes
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Pondering Prefixes

Beyond just prefix identification, this meaty lesson taps into your students’ thinking. Using a combination of analogies, constructing, and deconstructing words with prefixes, students will learn the meaning and mechanics of prefixes.

4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Associating Adjectives
Associating Adjectives
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Associating Adjectives

Can your students associate similar adjectives and nouns using the roots and suffixes? In this lesson, students will learn how to associate nouns with adjectives. Along the way, they will use the roots and affixes to determine the meaning.

4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Perfect Prefixes!
Perfect Prefixes!
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Perfect Prefixes!

This lesson introduces young learners to prefixes. It also gives them hands-on experience with building words using prefix and root word cards.

3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Super Suffixes
Super Suffixes
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Super Suffixes

Suffixes can do some amazing things. They can turn "power" into "powerful," "big" into "bigger," and "fear" into "fearless." This hands-on lesson allows young writers to build their own words using different root words and suffixes.

2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Tools for Tackling Words
Tools for Tackling Words
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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.

4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Searching for Suffixes
Searching for Suffixes
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Searching for Suffixes

Invite your students to join the search for suffixes! In this lesson students will locate similar words that have gone through a suffix transformation. In addition to the mechanics, students will explore the meaning behind each word!

4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Word Wizards
Word Wizards
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Word Wizards

Help your students become word wizards! In this creative and engaging lesson, students will review roots, prefixes, and suffixes before creating their own words and definitions.

5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Spelling with Suffixes
Spelling with Suffixes
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Spelling with Suffixes

Spelling is sensational with common suffixes! With this lesson, your students will learn how to navigate various suffixes and use them as they create and spell new words.

4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Prefixes in Texts
Prefixes in Texts
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Prefixes in Texts

It is not only important for students to recognize words with prefixes, but also be able to choose the right prefix for the base word. In this lesson, students will work in groups to come up with as many words as possible with particular prefixes.

4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Suffixes
Suffixes
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Suffixes

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.

3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Synonyms: Using Shades of Meaning
Synonyms: Using Shades of Meaning
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Synonyms: Using Shades of Meaning

Why walk when you can mosey? In this lesson, students will learn how to use synonyms to express shades of meaning in their writing. Introduce the topic with a book, then brainstorm descriptive options for overused words.

2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Using a Dictionary to Clarify the Meaning of Unknown Words
Using a Dictionary to Clarify the Meaning of Unknown Words
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Using a Dictionary to Clarify the Meaning of Unknown Words

This lesson will help students explore using a dictionary to figure out tricky words with suffixes. Use as a stand-alone activity or a support for the Understanding Academic Vocabulary in a Nonfiction Text lesson.

2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Prefixes
Prefixes
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Prefixes

Introduce your kids to the concept of a prefix. This lesson contains a bunch of activities designed to nourish your students' affix identification abilities.

2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Prefix Partner Practice
Prefix Partner Practice
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Prefix Partner Practice

Students will enjoy playing a dice game in this interactive lesson on prefixes and their meanings.

4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Multiple-Meaning Words
Multiple-Meaning Words
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Multiple-Meaning Words

This lesson will help students understand multiple-meaning words through the use of artistic and theatrical representation! Use as a stand-alone activity or a support lesson for Let's Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Texts!

2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Sillier or Silliest? A Suffix Study
Sillier or Silliest? A Suffix Study
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Sillier or Silliest? A Suffix Study

In this suffix lesson plan, your students will practice using the suffixes -er and -est to create comparative and superlative adjectives.

5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Parts of Speech and Using Suffixes to Turn Adjectives Into Nouns
Parts of Speech and Using Suffixes to Turn Adjectives Into Nouns
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Parts of Speech and Using Suffixes to Turn Adjectives Into Nouns

This engaging lesson will revisit the basic parts of speech and address why some words have can have more than one part of speech. Students will then enjoy a fun group challenge to turn adjectives into nouns by modifying the word endings.

5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Add a Prefix!
Add a Prefix!
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Add a Prefix!

Help your kids learn about prefixes with these hands-on activities. Young learners will have fun acting out different words and practicing their writing skills.

2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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I Can Use Context Clues!
I Can Use Context Clues!
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I Can Use Context Clues!

Your ELs will use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. They will also practice using introductory phrases to discuss their inferences. It can be a stand-alone lesson or support for the lesson Dive Into Context Clues.

5th grade
Reading & Writing
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-Er and -Est: Which is the Best?
-Er and -Est: Which is the Best?
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-Er and -Est: Which is the Best?

Do your students need extra practice forming words with the suffixes -er and* -est* depending on the context? With an abundance of words to explore, your students will learn how to determine which suffix is best for each individual context.

3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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What can readers do when they encounter an unfamiliar word? Break it down and determine the meaning using roots, prefixes, and suffixes! These lesson plans help students take apart words to find their meanings. Children learn to identify common prefixes and suffixes as well as how to use these as clues and root words to determine the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary.