Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root Words

Grade Levels
1st - 3rd
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Introduce your students to base words, prefixes, and suffixes using this set of base words & affixes for beginners practice sheets! Set of 11 practice sheets (with three anchor charts!) introduces students to the concept of base words being words we can add word parts to (prefixes and suffixes) to change the meanings. Packet then moves on to teach/review the meaning of common affixes and practice adding those affixes to base words. Packet culminates with students applying their new knowledge by writing sentences using words with affixes appropriately.

Use as guided practice, independent practice, morning work or homework!

Set includes 11 practice sheets plus 3 anchor charts for teaching the concept. No instructional plans are included, simply print and use to support your own Common Core language instruction! However, the scaffolding of the the sheets provides an excellent framework for a week of language lessons teaching base words and affixes. Use the concept in each sheet to plan your grammar mini-lesson and you are set!

Packet include:

Prefixes Anchor Chart

Suffixes Anchor Chart

Base Words Anchor Chart

Base Words & Prefixes

The Prefix re-

The Prefix un-

The Prefix pre-

Base Words & Suffixes

The Suffix -ful

The Suffix -less

The Suffix -er (a person who ___)

The Suffix -er (more)

The Suffix -est

Writing Sentences using Words with a Prefix or Suffix

Useful for first grade grammar, second grade grammar, as homeschool resources or even for kindergarten grammar! Supports first and second grade Common Core Language standards L.1.4b, L.1.4c, L.2.4b, L.2.4c and Reading Foundational standard RF.2.3d but would also be perfect for challenging Kindergarten students or as intervention for older students.

Total Pages
16 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root (e.g., addition, additional).
Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known prefix is added to a known word (e.g., happy/unhappy, tell/retell).
Identify frequently occurring root words (e.g., look) and their inflectional forms (e.g., looks, looked, looking).
Use frequently occurring affixes as a clue to the meaning of a word.
Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.


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