Practice building and using words with common prefixes in their appropriate context.
A Prefix Game that Builds Vocabulary
Players take turns moving along the game board using the spinner. They say a word not yet mentioned using the prefix they landed on and use it in a sentence. If correct, they stay on the square they landed on. If they are incorrect or cannot think of a word, they must return to the space they started. Play continues in this same manner until someone lands on the Finish square.
Scaffolding + Extension Tips
Challenge students who already understand the concept to write their sentences with prefix words. They can also define the meaning of the prefix, root word, and new prefix plus root word.
Support students who need help understanding the concepts by providing visuals from your affixes teaching presentation as a reference.
More Activities Using Our Prefix Game
Use this resource as independent practice for fast finishers and full-class learning opportunities like scoot activities, lesson reviews, formative assessments, and more.
👉 Knock Off
Have your students stand up and make a line across the room. Project the game board on your screen. Use our Random Name Picker widget to draw a student’s name and roll for them to land on a collective noun space. If the student correctly uses the collective noun in a sentence, they tap the person either to their left or right with their elbow. The person who is tapped must return to their seat. If the student can’t answer, they must sit out. Play continues until only 1 student is standing.
📽️ Group Lesson
This activity can be used as a post-lesson assessment or exit activity. Using your smartboard or another projection device, present the entire game board. Roll a number cube and move along the board to a prefix space. Give students 1 minute to think of a word to use with the prefix in a sentence. Collect the papers to see if any students need help understanding the concepts.
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This resource was created by Kiri Sowers, a teacher in Illinois and Teach Starter Collaborator.
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Common Core Curriculum alignment
Determine the meaning of the new word formed when a known prefix 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 common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., telegraph, photograph, autograph).
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