In the state of Indiana our 3rd graders take a test in the spring that determines their placement for following year. One part of the test includes Word Analysis and there is an emphasis on suffixes. We have found that although many of our students may understand the meanings of words with suffixes, when asked to take the word apart and separate the root/base word from the suffix, they sometimes struggle.
Words with Endings – Here we have put together some root word cards with accompanying suffix cards and a work page to go along with them. In this activity students choose a root word card and a suffix card that go together to create a known word. They write each on the work page and then write the final word that the two parts create. (Be sure to let your students know that they may have to change the spelling to create the new word.) We have provided a self check as well, in case you would like this activity to be used as an independent center.
Word Break Down – This activity requires students to do the opposite of the one above. Students choose a word card, then record the word break down (root word + suffix) on the recording page.
More Suffix Practice – We have also created five separate quick practice pages. (These could also be used as exit tickets.) One idea is that you laminate these (or slip them into clear page protectors) and have students use Vis-a-vis markers to gain extra practice or to show understanding. These pages are short and can be used as a quick check and can also be rotated through a small group of children so they have practice with more words.