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I was having a difficult time helping one of the students I tutor distinguish between when to use which prefix, especially when the prefixes meant the same thing. For example, she would put “nonpolite” for “impolite”. I decided repeated exposure was the best way to help her remember these kinds of words. In this game students must decide if a prefix can be matched with a root-word or not.
1 game board with 8 prefixes on it (re, un, dis, in, im, pre, de, mis)
5 pages of root word cards (8 cards per page) for a total of 40 cards (4 are blank for you to write your own root words
2 record sheets – one where students only write down the words they created, and one where they also have to write the definition.
Everything is decorated in a construction theme so students can “construct” words with prefixes.
Set up- you need a blank die, put the game board in the middle of all the players, put all the root- word cards in a pile upside-down.
Choose a player to go first.
The first player rolls a blank die onto the game board. Whichever prefix the die lands on is the prefix the player will use for that turn.
After finding out which prefix they will be using, the player turns over the root- word card on top of the pile. If the prefix and word go together to make a word, the player gets to keep the card. If the word is not a real word it goes in a discard pile.
The rest of the players take turns playing in the same way until they run out of root-word cards.
The player with the most cards when the root-word cards run out is the winner.