Teach prefixes, base words, and suffixes using an engaging, active learning approach that your students will love. This PDF file contains all the sheets you will need to create a set of 10 prefix cards, 17 base word cards, and 7 suffix cards. The activity itself is a simple one. Distribute the cards among your students and call out a word, such as "careful" or one of the other 36 words that can be made from the cards. (A word list is included in the file.) The children holding the cards with the parts that comprise the word then walk to the front of the room and stand shoulder-to-shoulder. That enables the rest of the class to see how smaller word parts come together to form a larger word that reflects the meaning of its component parts. Copying all the prefix cards in one color, base word cards in a second color, and suffix cards in a third color adds an important visual dimension to the activity that further aids children in their understanding of prefixes, base words, and suffixes. The activity moves quickly, and you and your students can proceed through many words in a short time. Using movement and visuals in this manner powerfully impacts student learning.
Prefix, Base Word, and Suffix Cards
by Steve Reifman
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