What is benecupcakeism? What does it mean to be malpizzaly? Your students will learn about prefixes, root words, and suffixes by creating silly words of their own.
The game has two parts that were created to be played after the completion of the included activity guide. The instructions for the game are as follows:
-- Part 1 -- Students are sitting in groups. Put a word on a dry erase board, poster, or project using the actual PowerPoint presentation. The first group to guess the correct definition gets a point. Keep track of points on the board. (Since the game file is a .pptx file, you can add or change words as needed.)
-- Part 2 -- In the same groups, students are challenged to create their very own words by attaching a prefix and a suffix to the root word of their choice. Students create a poster with their word and, if desired, a picture of their word. Their classmates must guess the definition of these made-up words. The first group to guess a definition receives a point. This game can be modified for all grade levels but works particularly well for ELLs. As an extension, you can require that each group create more than one word.
This .zip folder contains four files:
- a list of vocabulary words (.docx) 1 page
- game (.pptx presentation contains instructions -- you will need chart paper and markers) 28 slides
- graphic organizer/activity guide (.docx) 3 pages
- worksheet with prefixes and suffixes in English with some Spanish language support (.doc) 1 page
The graphic organizer leads students through various activities involving prefixes and suffixes. It asks them to define words by dissecting them into parts (prefix, root, suffix).
Students can use the included prefix/suffix chart to help them form words. This is a .doc file that can be edited and revised as needed (for example, you can delete the Spanish section if it does not apply to your class).
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Owls by ReviDevi
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