Teaching Resource

Suffix Bingo

PDF, Google Slides | 30 pages|Grades: 3 - 5

Match words with suffixes to their meaning in this BINGO game for 21 individual players.

Are you ready for the most enjoyable suffix game ever?  

Our Suffix BINGO game gets students excited about reading, identifying suffixes, and defining words. 

As you can see, we love suffixes! So you can bet we packed this game to the brim with practical examples of suffixes, helping you establish this powerful foundational language skill. 

How to Play Suffix BINGO 

Use this resource in your reading center, as a guided reading activity, or a whole class exercise (see below) to review how adding a suffix changes the meaning of a root word.

Materials needed:

  • 1 Bingo card per student/team
  • 25 counters (BINGO chips) for each student/team
  • Suffix calling cards

Each student will get a BINGO card and counters to keep track of drawn words. To play, pull a calling card and read the definition out loud to the students, e.g., a full mouth. Students cover the word with a counter if it appears on their BINGO card, e.g., mouthful. Remind students to call out “BINGO!” when they have covered 5 words in a row on their card. Then have the students read each word on their card as you check them against the cards you called.

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

Challenge students after earning a BINGO to define the root word and suffix, and use the suffix word in a sentence. 

Support students who need help understanding the concepts by pairing students with a teammate. 

Get our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies here! 

More Activity Uses for Suffix Bingo

Use this resource as independent practice for fast finishers, and full-class learning opportunities like scoot activities, lesson reviews, formative assessments, and more.

➕ Extend Game Play

In addition to 5-in-a-row, play alternate forms of BINGO like:

  • 4 Corners
  • Plus sign
  • Blackout
  • X-out

🖼️ Gallery Walk (Scoot Activity)

Number cards and hang them around the room. Direct students (or pairs) to number a sheet of paper 1-32, and assign students to a starting point. Students will identify the suffix on the card and write it in the corresponding space on their sheet. When you say “Scoot,” students will move to the next card, completing all of them. 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Before You Download

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

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

Make identifying suffixes a regular part of your Language Arts lessons with these games and activities:


  Common Core Curriculum alignment

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