Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots
        To develop an understanding of prefixes, roots, and suffixes 
        To practice using prefixes, roots, and suffixes to identify word meaning
        To practice attaching prefixes and suffixes to base words to create new words
        To correctly identify at least five prefixes, five suffixes, and five roots
        To correctly create new words by adding prefixes and suffixes to base words
        To correctly define words by using their roots as clues
By breaking a word into its parts, it is sometimes possible to figure out a word's meaning. 
For an introduction to prefixes, suffixes, and roots, read and take a quiz by clicking 
on  Check your answers.
New Instruction:
Click on the following web pages in order and do all the activities after going through the slideshow:
1. Go to and then click on "Prefixes Say Plenty."  
2. Go back to  and click on "Roots and Their Families Part 1."
3. Go back to and click on "Roots and Their Families Part 2."
4.  Go back to   and click on "Suffixes."
Feedback and Review:
Prefixes are added to the beginning of a root (base) word.  Suffixes are added to the end of a root word.  
Knowing just a few prefixes, roots, and suffixes can help you uncover the meaning of words as well 
as strengthen your vocabulary.  For more practice, go to
Transfer of Knowledge or Skills:
Underline prefixes, circle roots, and put a box around suffixes in your reading.  Look up the ones you
don't know in a dictionary.  Start a list of ones you come across frequently and memorize them.

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