Prefix Trading Cards! This is a set of 20 prefix flashcards that I created look like trading cards to help students recognize prefixes and their meanings. By helping your students memorize the meanings of prefixes they’ll have a much easier time comprehending difficult words they come across in their reading. This is one of the best vocabulary building exercises I’ve found. This product is also available with two other similar ELA products in the Prefix, Suffix, and Root Word Cards Pack
This Prefix Trading Card Set includes:
• 20 prefix flashcards
• 12 blank card templates that can be used as task cards for students to add prefixes to as they come across them in their reading and writing
• Bookmarks to print out for your students with a list of all of the prefixes included in this set. This way they can have them close by and pay attention to them in their reading.
• A template for a labeled box that students can cut out, write their name on and color to store their prefix cards in.
I tried to make these cards more engaging for students by designing them to look like trading cards. To make these cards I print them out back to back on the copy machine using card stock so they look and feel like real trading cards. Printing them out on regular paper works also.
The front of each card has the prefix as well as a space for students to sketch a picture or symbol to help them remember it making the flashcards interactive. Allowing students to draw pictures or symbols to help them remember the prefix is called non-linguistic representation. I’ve seen this research-based strategy for increasing student achievement work again and again in my own classroom.
The back of each card has the definition of the prefix as well as an example or two of words with the prefix in them. There is space to either write the definition of each example word or add more examples of words that use the prefix depending on the teacher’s preference. I also included 12 blank cards to print out for students so they can make more cards as they find more prefixes they want to study.
The importance of memorizing and using prefixes is mentioned in the Common Core State Standards under language for vocabulary acquisition at almost every grade level.
Just one example of this is the third grade language RF.3.3a which states, “Identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and derivational suffixes”.
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