In early January, our reading class began a week-long unit on prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Students were introduced to new prefixes and suffixes, identified the root words in some new vocabulary, and deciphered the meaning of unknown words using their new knowledge of prefixes and suffixes. Students also worked with a group to flip through chapter books in our classroom library and find words that contained prefixes and suffixes. At the end of the week, they even got to practice Greek and Latin word parts!
To finish up our unit, we did a collaborative activity. Students formed groups of three or four and collected their materials. Each group received a disposable plate with three sections. The sections were labeled “prefix,” “suffix,” and “root word.” Finally, groups were given a bag of big words. They used scissors to cut the words into parts and drop each part into its respective section on the plate. Students had a lot of fun with the activity and exercised all the things they’d learned throughout the week.
- Ask your child to find the root word of unlikely and disrespectful.
- Encourage your child to point out words with prefixes and suffixes in their own books.