October 4, 2013

With and Without the Prefix

Students in my district study root words, prefixes and suffixes from a set list each quarter. We introduce the word part on Monday and then do various activities throughout the week to find words with that part and use them in creative manners.

This week, we did an activity I thought you guys might enjoy. Students we're asked to think of a word that uses our word part and draw a picture of that word both with AND without the prefix to see how it changes the meaning.

Here are several examples from my sixth graders for the prefix pre-:

Preschool - School
Prehistoric - Historic
Pre-order - Order
Preview - View
Pre-read - Read


  1. This is a GREAT idea! We teach root words too and I am always looking for creative ways to practice the words during the week. Thanks so much for sharing. I love your blog!!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet feedback! It's nice to know that others benefit from the ideas I share!

  2. What a great idea!! I always make sure I stress that a prefix changes the meaning of a word, but this would really drive the point home. So glad you decided to share!
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