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Prefixes and Suffixes Word Search

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 2 pages | Grades: 2 - 4

Practice identifying the meanings of words containing prefixes and suffixes with a fun word search activity.

Try a Word Search to Study Prefixes and Suffixes 

Students focus on the structure of words in this word search. The clues provided provide hints to words that include the following prefixes and suffixes.

  • Un-
  • Re-
  • Pre-
  • Dis-
  • Mis-
  • -Less

Through this type of exposure to a variety of word parts, students grow their knowledge of letter patterns, and this enables them to spell more complex words.

This worksheet is ideal for individual practice, review or as a fast finisher activity.

An answer key is included with your download to make grading fast and easy!  

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding  

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

  • a fast finisher activity 
  • a homework assignment
  • whole-class review (via smartboard.)

After completing the word search, students who are looking for a challenge could make their own word search using words with prefixes and suffixes that they know.

Support students who need more help by referring them to relevant posters or anchor charts. 

Easily Download & Print Your Prefix and Suffix Word Search

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of 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. 

Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity by printing on thick cardstock and slipping it into a write-and-wipe sleeve. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker and then erase and reuse them. 

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