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April 20, 2018

Easy and Efficient Way to Teach Prefixes and Suffixes  

By Kriscia Cabral
Grades 3–5

    Fab Vocab: Prefixes and Suffixes was sent to me for a read and review. The book contains quick, easy-to-prepare lessons and activities for 50 prefixes and suffixes. The reproducibles included allow students to participate in a quick mini-lesson followed by building words using each affix. Lastly, students use their new knowledge to play reinforcing games with peers.

    Everything you need to complete a unit is in one place, ready to be printed, and purposefully used! After teaching from the book, I decided to use a review game with my class. This was a perfect review just before testing time. Read on to see how I used the review game, Carrot Tops with my class.

    Mini-Lesson Instruction

    The first mini-lesson in the book shares the idea of bringing in a real carrot with tops attached as a visual way to connect students to the idea of root words. This was the first thing I did. We discussed the parts of the carrot and how important the root was and the relationship that leaves have to the root.

    I used this slide presentation as a visual. We discussed prefixes and suffixes and how they add meaning to a root word. From here, we worked our way through the Fab Vocab book. I alternated from the front of the book to the back so we could learn about prefixes one week and suffixes the next.

    Carrot Tops Game

    Carrot Tops is a review game for use after students have learned the prefixes and suffixes in the book. I decided to revisit the visual carrot when I introduced the game. We reviewed what we had learned about prefixes and suffixes and different ways we could put words together. I prepped the game, gave directions, and let the kids go!

    Students worked together to pick amazing words when combining their carrot "root" word card with carrot "top" prefix and suffix cards. I liked that students were in teams working together to come up with words. I assigned one of the students in each group to be the wordsmith. Their job was to Google search to confirm if the word they created was accurate.

    At the end of game time, I had students count how many words they were able to create. I rewarded each group a healthy treat for their efforts!

    The End Result

    Fab Vocab was quick and easy. I didn’t have to search a million places for content, practice pages, and lessons. I repeat because this was such a game changer: everything is located in one place! The lessons were quick and purposeful. The language was clear and made sense to students. The practice activities were just enough and could be done independently after mini-lessons were taught. The games were the most engaging time for students and with the knowledge they gained from practice activities and the lesson, they were excited to play them.

    The review game Carrot Tops was a hit! Students were jazzed to be working as a team to create words and the carrot reward was a healthy yet fun way to end the game.

    If you’re stuck or looking for a way to introduce prefixes and suffixes in an easy and efficient way to your class, I highly recommend you start with Fab Vocab.

    Thank you for reading.

    Smiles,

    Kriscia

     

    Fab Vocab: Prefixes and Suffixes was sent to me for a read and review. The book contains quick, easy-to-prepare lessons and activities for 50 prefixes and suffixes. The reproducibles included allow students to participate in a quick mini-lesson followed by building words using each affix. Lastly, students use their new knowledge to play reinforcing games with peers.

    Everything you need to complete a unit is in one place, ready to be printed, and purposefully used! After teaching from the book, I decided to use a review game with my class. This was a perfect review just before testing time. Read on to see how I used the review game, Carrot Tops with my class.

    Mini-Lesson Instruction

    The first mini-lesson in the book shares the idea of bringing in a real carrot with tops attached as a visual way to connect students to the idea of root words. This was the first thing I did. We discussed the parts of the carrot and how important the root was and the relationship that leaves have to the root.

    I used this slide presentation as a visual. We discussed prefixes and suffixes and how they add meaning to a root word. From here, we worked our way through the Fab Vocab book. I alternated from the front of the book to the back so we could learn about prefixes one week and suffixes the next.

    Carrot Tops Game

    Carrot Tops is a review game for use after students have learned the prefixes and suffixes in the book. I decided to revisit the visual carrot when I introduced the game. We reviewed what we had learned about prefixes and suffixes and different ways we could put words together. I prepped the game, gave directions, and let the kids go!

    Students worked together to pick amazing words when combining their carrot "root" word card with carrot "top" prefix and suffix cards. I liked that students were in teams working together to come up with words. I assigned one of the students in each group to be the wordsmith. Their job was to Google search to confirm if the word they created was accurate.

    At the end of game time, I had students count how many words they were able to create. I rewarded each group a healthy treat for their efforts!

    The End Result

    Fab Vocab was quick and easy. I didn’t have to search a million places for content, practice pages, and lessons. I repeat because this was such a game changer: everything is located in one place! The lessons were quick and purposeful. The language was clear and made sense to students. The practice activities were just enough and could be done independently after mini-lessons were taught. The games were the most engaging time for students and with the knowledge they gained from practice activities and the lesson, they were excited to play them.

    The review game Carrot Tops was a hit! Students were jazzed to be working as a team to create words and the carrot reward was a healthy yet fun way to end the game.

    If you’re stuck or looking for a way to introduce prefixes and suffixes in an easy and efficient way to your class, I highly recommend you start with Fab Vocab.

    Thank you for reading.

    Smiles,

    Kriscia

     

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