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Prefix and Suffix Fish
Prefix and Suffix Fish
Game
Prefix and Suffix Fish
Prefixes and suffixes are essential to understanding the meaning of words. Help kids grasp these concepts with this word-matching game.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 4
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 4
Workbook
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 4
This independent study packet for fifth graders has everything they need to stay on track.
5th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Vocabulary 1
Vocabulary 1
Guided Lesson
Vocabulary 1
Vocabulary development helps second graders advance their reading and writing skills. This guided lesson uses exercises and techniques targeted to building vocabulary. Kids will be tasked with using descriptive adjectives, distinguishing between similar verbs and adjectives, and using context clues to determine the meaning of a word phrase. For more vocabulary boosters, check out the worksheets that align with this lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Grammar: Suffixes
Grammar: Suffixes
Worksheet
Grammar: Suffixes
This suffixes worksheet helps your child identify and create words with suffixes. This suffixes worksheet helps your child develop reading and writing skills.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Suffixes
Suffixes
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Spelling Champ
Spelling Champ
Workbook
Spelling Champ
Challenge your fourth grader with these spelling worksheets that include grade-specific words and word problems involving new vocabulary.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Learning Prefixes
Learning Prefixes
Worksheet
Learning Prefixes
Help your third grader wrap their head around prefixes with this worksheet that asks them to attach the right prefix to a set of root words.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Perfect Prefixes!
Perfect Prefixes!
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Vocabulary Expanders
Vocabulary Expanders
Workbook
Vocabulary Expanders
These vocabulary worksheets will introduce kids to the wide world of words and get them excited about learning new skills through reading.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Word Structure 1
Word Structure 1
Guided Lesson
Word Structure 1
Learning common constructions for words is one way that third graders can get traction on their spelling and reading comprehension skills. This guided lesson in word structure introduces kids to the idea that most words are made up of smaller words, and provides opportunities to apply this learning with practical examples. For more printable practice with word structure, check out our recommended worksheets.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Prefix Practice: Make a New Word
Prefix Practice: Make a New Word
Worksheet
Prefix Practice: Make a New Word
Get some prefix practice with this worksheet that focuses on making new words with common prefixes: dis-, re-, and un-.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Common Prefixes
Common Prefixes
Exercise
Common Prefixes
Make it easier for students to spell words by sharing common prefixes with them through this easy to understand exercise.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Using Word Parts to Determine the Meaning of Words
Using Word Parts to Determine the Meaning of Words
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Prefixes
Prefixes
Lesson Plan
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
Lesson Plan
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Workbook
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
This final installment of our Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet offers five more days of fun and diverse learning activities to prepare children to enter fifth grade with confidence.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Root Word, Suffix, and Prefix Review #1
Root Word, Suffix, and Prefix Review #1
Worksheet
Root Word, Suffix, and Prefix Review #1
Learners identify and define word parts in this fifth- and sixth-grade grammar worksheet.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Word Structure 2
Word Structure 2
Guided Lesson
Word Structure 2
Words are like legos - they can have interchangeable parts. In this unit students will study the construction of words including roots, prefixes and suffixes. Students will also explore how to modify words to make them possessive, a different part of speech and adjust to signify singular and plural. Understanding the basic building blocks of words, will increase students’ vocabulary, improve their spelling and add strategies for decoding unfamiliar words.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Word Structure 3
Word Structure 3
Guided Lesson
Word Structure 3
When students learn the patterns and structures of words they become word wizards! They are able to more fluently convert a word from one part of speech to another, adjust the meaning, or translate a word from singular to plural (or vice versa). In this set of activities students will build on their knowledge of word structure and practice adding prefixes and suffixes, changing tenses and using contractions.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Prefix Fun!
Prefix Fun!
Worksheet
Prefix Fun!
Become a prefix superhero with this fun worksheet! Children will flex their power to create new words by combining prefixes with words they already know using a handy prefix word bank with definitions.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3
Help learners gear up for a new year with this Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 3, complete with 5 days of activities in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Human Dictionary
Human Dictionary
Lesson Plan
Human Dictionary
When reading, we all encounter unknown words at times. But how do we figure them out? In this lesson, students learn how to become a “human dictionary” by using a variety of strategies to figure out the meaning of unknown words.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Prefix Practice: Dis- Non- Un-
Prefix Practice: Dis- Non- Un-
Worksheet
Prefix Practice: Dis- Non- Un-
Kids practice using the prefixes dis-, un-, and non- in this worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Mixed Review Language Arts Assessment
Mixed Review Language Arts Assessment
Worksheet
Mixed Review Language Arts Assessment
In this mid-year assessment, students will apply their language arts knowledge to a broad set of problems.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Prefix Partner Practice
Prefix Partner Practice
Lesson Plan
Prefix Partner Practice
Students will enjoy playing a dice game in this interactive lesson on prefixes and their meanings.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Check-In: Spelling and Vocabulary
Check-In: Spelling and Vocabulary
Worksheet
Check-In: Spelling and Vocabulary
Learners will flex their spelling, grammar, and phonics muscles in this three-part worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Prefix Resources

A prefix is something that is added to the beginning of the word to change its meaning. For example, adding the prefix “un” to “happy” creates a new word, “unhappy.” When students master the use of prefixes, their vocabulary increases tremendously. With our worksheets and resources, your students will learn how to use prefixes properly and improve their reading comprehension and writing skills.

Learn More About Prefixes

A prefix is what is called an “affix”— an additional element placed at the beginning or end of a root, stem or word to modify its meaning. Another type of affix is a suffix, an element added to the end of the word. The four most common prefixes account for more than 95 percent of prefixed words. They are dis-, in-, re- and un-.

Examples:
  • dis- (not or none): dislike, disappear, disagree, disconnect, disinfect
  • in- (not): injustice, insincere, informal, inadequate, indirect
  • re- (again): reappear, revise, replay, refresh, review
  • Un- (not): unfriendly, unhappy, unwell, unkind, unafraid
Other common prefixes include:
anti- : antifreeze, antiwar
fore- : forecast, foresee
inter -: interact, interstate
mid- : midday, midway
mis- : misfire, misspell
non- : nonsense, noncommunicative
over- : overlook, overpass
pre- : prefix, predestined
semi- : semicircle, semidarkness
sub- : submarine, subconscious
super- : superstar, superachiever
trans- : transport, transaction

Some important points to remember when adding prefixes:
  • The base word never changes. Simply add the prefix to the beginning of the word.
  • Double letters can occur when adding prefixes.
    Examples: unnatural, illogical, irregular
  • Beware or words that look like prefixes but are not.
    Examples: uncle, antique, interest
Some base words, when a prefix is added, need a hyphen to avoid ambiguity. Follow these rules when adding hyphens to prefixes.
  • Hyphenate when adding a prefix before a proper noun or numeral.
    Examples: un-American, pre-2017
  • Hyphenate when adding the prefix “ex,” meaning former.
    Examples: ex-husband, ex-president
  • Hyphenate after the prefix “self.”
    Examples: self-control, self-directed
  • Hyphenate to separate the e’s and i’s.
    Examples: anti-intellectual, re-election
  • Hyphenate some words with the “re” prefix to avoid ambiguity in meaning.
    Examples: re-create (to create again), re-cover (to cover again)