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Prefixes - Worksheet

PDF, Google Slides | 2 pages|Grades: 3 - 4

Add a prefix to the beginning of a base word and use the new words in sentences.

This resource is best used as a whole-class, small-group, partner, or independent activity. Students will make new words with prefixes and base words and use the words in a sentence. 

Prefixes Worksheet: Scaffolding & Extension Tips 

In addition to individual student work time, use this worksheet as a:

Got fast finishers? Students who need a challenge can write additional words containing the prefixes on the back and use them to write sentences. 

Students who need extra support can work in cooperative groups to help support them in understanding the concept. 

A Variety of Ways to Prepare This Resource

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.  

You can also turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity! Print a few copies on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse. 

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.

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This resource was created by Kiri Sowers, a teacher in Illinois and Teach Starter Collaborator.

  Australian Curriculum alignment

  • ACELA1779

    Understand how to use knowledge of letter patterns including double letters, spelling generalisations, morphemic word families, common prefixes and suffixes and word origins to spell more complex wordsElaborationsapplying generalisations for adding a...

  • ACELA1827

    Know how to use common prefixes and suffixes, and generalisations for adding a suffix to a base wordElaborationsexploring generalisations for adding a suffix to a base word to form a plural or past tense, for example to make a word plural when it end...

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