Understanding the function of prefixes and suffixes, and understanding their effect on the meaning of a root word or root stem is crucial to the development and improvement of a student’s overall reading comprehension skill.
In addition, learning the specific meanings/definitions of common suffixes and prefixes increases a student’s vocabulary foundation exponentially as he/she takes this knowledge and continues to build upon it throughout their school career.
With this knowledge of the impact of prefixes and suffixes on our language, teachers can facilitate their students’ increased potential for success as they offer rich, authentic opportunities to analyze vocabulary words. By gaining a strong vocabulary foundation of the parts of words, and by using that knowledge in addition to contextual clues, the benefit of this learning will carry over into the student’s independent reading time.
This resource is a fun way to introduce prefixes, use it as a mini-lesson on prefixes, or review prefixes that include:
anti-, bi-, co-, de-, dis-, en-, im-, in-, mini-, mis-, non-, pre-, re-, tri-, un-, and under-. 6 examples are included for each prefix
This resource is a great tool for any time during the year, especially as you review for spring testing, and I think the kids will certainly enjoy the colorful, fun examples- my students did!