Practice Common Prefixes
13 pages (in addition to 3 answer keys.)
*includes a table with all the most common prefixes and extensive practice with the prefixes most important for academic vocabulary (see below}
*includes demonstration worksheets to practice ways the different prefixes make words when combined with Latin roots


>Contents and Notes for Teachers

>2-page Common Prefixes table with each prefix, its meaning, a couple of examples, space for students to add one or two more examples, and a See Also reference to other prefixes meaning the same thing

>brief explanation of types of prefixes and a 4-page series of short practice exercises on Prefixes of Quantity, Time, Location (ex-, in-, sub-, & trans-), Relationships (Com-Sym-, Anti-, Contra-, & Ob-), and a page practicing Re- (with answer keys)

>Negative prefixes: examples, practice, & answer key (1 page each)

>Can You Choose the Best Prefix? (1 page mixed prefix and root practice or quiz and answer key)

These brainstorming and practice activities require about two class periods, or two hours distributed over several days. I would normally teach them after a little work with suffixes (see Word-Building Suffixes in my store if you're interested) and before some practice with word roots. (see Using Word Roots to Teach Vocabulary.)

CCSS: L4.4b, L5.4b, L.6,4b, L7.4b
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Created: Oct 13, 2015

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