Our Prefixes Lesson Plan gives students the tools to determine the meaning of new words when a prefix is added. Additionally, students will be able to define prefixes and give examples of prefixes. Leverage creativity and critical thinking skills as student create a new prefix and assign meaning in its use with a root word.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Display several prefixes. Ask students what the letters have in common. Ask them if they think they are words.
- Allow for responses and discussion.
- Begin adding a root word to each prefix. Ask students how the words have changed.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Lead the discussion into prefixes and how they are used with words.
- Distribute the Prefixes content page. Read and review the information with the students, and use additional examples when necessary. Encourage students to add the prefix to words they can think of that are not already given as examples.
- Distribute the Activity page. Pair students and distribute scissors. Review the instructions. Give students sufficient time to complete the activity. Encourage students to place the prefixes with more than one word. (For lower level students, you may do this activity aloud with the class.)
- Check and review the completed activity allowing students to share their list of new words.
- Distribute the Practice page. After completed, check and review student responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- Check for overall understanding by verbally giving each student a base word, and then they attach a prefix and share its meaning with the class.
- In closing, give each student a small scrap piece of paper, ask students to create a “new prefix” and its meaning by adding it to a base word. Give an example, and encourage creativity. (Some students may create an existing prefix, allow it, but also share its true meaning.)
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.4.B, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.4
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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