I first came across this bulletin board idea on Pinterest on the blog “teachingmyfriends.blogspot.com”. The teacher drew free hand letter designs to create common prefixes and suffixes posters. Then the class brainstormed words that contained each prefix and suffix to write on each poster. These posters act as an ongoing anchor chart that you can display in your classroom year round! Unfortunately, I do not possess the artistic talent to freehand letters, so I decided to make these prefix and suffix posters digitally! To use this product simply print, cut out, write your desired words and/or definitions, and hang in your classroom! You can conduct numerous activities in your classroom to create a student centered learning experience. Here are a few ideas!
• during a whole-class meeting have students brainstorm with a partner, share out words with prefixes and suffixes, add them to your posters
• have students (individually or with a partner) look through a common text or dictionary to find words with each prefix and suffix
• place prefix and suffix posters at different stations around the room, have students rotate to each poster and add a word with that affix (use reference materials as needed)
• create a year-long continual center that students can add words to as they find them in various texts
• choose 1 prefix or suffix per day, have students search for words in their independent reading books throughout the day and add them to the poster
• put students in pairs and have them take turns writing words with a certain prefix or suffix (rally robin) or in a small group (round robin)