This holistic approach teaches the functions of suffixes. Each of the 12 Suffixes Match sets includes 15 suffixes, root words, and cloze sentences. All common suffixes are covered in the sets. In the manipulative sets, students arrange root words in a column. Then they use the sentences to match the suffixes to root words. If the spelling of a root word must be modified, it is noted on the card.
The most common uses of suffixes are to modify verb tense and to form comparative or superlative adjectives. Suffix Match sets teach students how suffixes are added to the end of root words to change English words from one part of speech to another (words in each set follow the same pattern, such as verbs to adjectives). Understanding this can be a valuable vocabulary expansion device.
The CCSS for ELA emphasize vocabulary development throughout the school day and in all subjects. Despite the fact that most vocabulary is acquired indirectly, research suggests that vocabulary can be improved with explicit instruction. Reading Manipulatives vocabulary products build word knowledge with intuitive, holistic manipulatives that include cloze sentences to assure that students use words properly in context. For teachers who do not wish to prepare manipulatives or consider manipulatives unworkable in their classroom structure, PDFs are included that convert the content of the manipulatives to worksheets.
Contents: 12 sets of 15 root words, suffixes, cloze sentences; 12 worksheets as an alternative format; answer keys
Common Core ELA Standards: L.4.4a, L.4.4b, L.5.4a, L.5.4b, L.6.4a, L.6.4b, L.7.4a, L.7.4b, L.8.4a, L.8.4b