Help your students master prefixes while expanding their vocabulary.
Set 1 includes dis-, pre-, re-, un-
Students mix and match root words with four prefixes in this engaging activity. Each of the 6 sets features 3 words for each prefix, and each of the sets contain different words. While some of the words represent more challenging vocabulary, the hints on the root word card enable students to focus on the meaning of the prefix while expanding their vocabulary. The right side cards show the dog assigned to that set, along with the root word, a definition for the word to be formed, and a sentence using the word. The left side cards shows the same dog in another pose, activity or costume. By mixing and matching the two types of cards for each dog, all of them can be used to form words. If a student makes a mistake, he/she will likely catch it when they don’t have the proper prefix for another word. The cards allow for easy hands-on experimentation. Give each student a set (or more than 1 set) of cards. Each set has a mixture of the four prefixes. A recording sheet is included for students to write down the words they form.
To play as a game, choose as many sets of cards as you have players. Put the dog picture cards (matching the cards chosen ) in a facedown pile. Each player takes a card. This is his/her dog for the game. Shuffle the word cards into a facedown pile. Players take turns flipping over two cards. If one or both feature his/her dog, the player keeps the card. If it is not their dog, it goes in a discard pile. During their turn a player can put down any prefix/base pairs which form a word. If a player forms a word with an incorrect prefix he/she must put those cards in the discard pile. Players should each take the word card for another player’s dog to check the words. Shuffle the discard pile and reuse when needed. The first player to form 10 words wins the game (or play until one player forms all 12 of his/her words).
Preparation is easy—just print out the instructions, word list, word cards and picture cards. Laminate the cards and cut them apart. Photocopy the recording sheet if desired, and let the fun and learning begin!
You can easily differentiate instruction by adding cards from my other prefix and (coming soon) suffix sorts! Other prefix sets are:
Set 2: in-, mis-, non-, over-
Set 3: de-, im-, under-, bi-, tri-, quad-, uni-
Set 4: anti-, fore-, multi-, semi-, sub-, tele-
Set 5: auto-, bio-, en-, inter-, mid-, super-
Set 6: dia-, em-, ir-, micro-, pro-, trans-