This engaging activity allows students to match the suffix to a list of base words. The teacher would help the class to brainstorm root words that would match the suffix before allowing the students to combine the suffix with the root words independently. After practicing as a whole group or in collaborative groups, students will then independently match the root word to the suffix, and create a sentence using the new word on the recording sheet.
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 (suffix to challenge students) is added to a known word (e.g., happy/unhappy, tell/retell).
Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known affix is added to a known word (e.g., agreeable/disagreeable, comfortable/uncomfortable, care/careless, heat/preheat).
Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root (e.g., company, companion).
Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., telegraph, photograph, autograph).