Identify the correct prefix and add it to the beginning of the word, ensuring it’s grammatically correct within the sentence.
Prefixes are the added beginning to a word to change its meaning.
Regain—re means again.
Semicircle—semi means half.
International—inter means between.
In addition to understanding how to use prefixes properly, knowing when to use them helps students with their spelling, building a bigger, more diverse vocabulary!
Get Your Students Interested in Prefix Practice
Students will read the cards one at a time. On the recording sheet provided, they will select from the missing prefix that completes the sentence.
As a reading center activity, we recommend first punching a hole in the corner of each task card and placing them on a binder ring. This helps keep them organized and together, so you never lose a card in a pocket or under a desk.
An answer key is included with your download so that students can self-check their work.
Scaffolding + Extension Tips
Challenge students who already understand the concept to write their own sentences using the prefix word.
Support students who need help understanding the concepts by assigning pairs for additional support.
More Activities for Prefix Practice
Use this resource as independent practice for fast finishers, and full-class learning opportunities like scoot activities, lesson reviews, formative assessments, and more.
🖼️ Gallery Walk (Scoot Activity)
Hang the cards around the room and provide students (or pairs) with a recording sheet to write the answer for each task card. When you say “Scoot,” students will move to the next card, completing all of them.
✍️ Group Lesson
No need to break out the scissors yet with this activity! Using your smartboard or another projection device, present the cards and have students record their answers on a recording sheet or in their notebooks. They can work through the task cards individually or in pairs/teams.
👋 Exit Activity
After you go through your vocabulary lesson, pass out cards to students as a Language Arts exercise they will answer independently. Provide them with a sticky note so that they can turn in their answer as a formative assessment, making sure to write their name on the sticky note (or use our Sticky Note Printing Guide + Template).
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.
Keep the task cards together by punching a hole in the corner of each and placing them on a binder ring.
To turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity, print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse.
Because this activity includes an answer sheet, we recommend first printing one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.
Before You Download
Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. A recording sheet and answer key are also included with this download.
This resource was created by Kiri Sowers, a teacher in Illinois and Teach Starter Collaborator.
Affix more affixes to your lesson plan with these prefix and suffix activities and resources:
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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