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Suffix Teaching Activities and Ideas

Suffixes

Be sure to check out last week’s post “Prefix Teaching Activities and Ideas.” The prefix post contains some ideas and free printables for teaching suffixes. 

Activity #1 – Activity for Google Slides

Activities and Ideas for Teaching SuffixesThis activity for Google Slides helps students practice using suffixes that change the part of speech in words. This is a “View Only” file. You must save a copy on your computer before you can edit the file. Here is a one minute YouTube video that will show you how to save the copy.

Activity #2 – Three Anchor Chart Ideas

Anchor charts are a great way to teach skills. Use them as a reference, as an interactive activity, or to model information that should be written on a foldable organizer. This section show examples of all three of these. Be sure to click on either the last illustration or the link in the paragraph below it to receive the free printable organizer.

Anchor Chart Idea #1 (Reference)

Activities and Ideas for Teaching Suffixes

Anchor Chart Idea #2 (Interactive)

Activities and Ideas for Teaching Suffixes

  1. Using large flip chart paper, draw three to four vertical lines to form columns.
  2. Label each column with one suffix.
  3. On sticky notes, write base or root words that form real words when added to one of the suffixes listed on top of the anchor chart. Note: When completing this activity for the first time, using base words that form only one real word works best. For example, piano only forms a real word when the suffix -ist is added. Pianoible, pianoion, and pianor are not real words.
  4. Students place the sticky notes onto the anchor chart in the column that forms a real word when the suffix is added to the word on the sticky note.

This activity may be completed in small groups, as part of a learning center, or as an early finisher project.

Anchor Chart Idea #3
(Pair Anchor Charts with a Foldable Organizer
for Interactive Notebooks)Activities and Ideas for Teaching Suffixes

Click here to download this free foldable organizer that goes over six rules for spelling words with suffixes correctly.

Activity #3 – Free PowerPoints

Click on the images to download these two free PowerPoints.

 

PowerPoint #1 Activities and Ideas for Teaching Suffixes

Activities and Ideas for Teaching Suffixes

This editable PowerPoint makes a quick easy review. Each of the ten slides asks a single question. Students must determine which prefix or suffix to add to the base word to answer the question. The teacher then clicks to reveal the answer. The slides include five prefixes and five suffixes. You can add, delete, or change the slides to fit the needs of your students. You can also easily change the prefixes and suffixes to the ones you are teaching.

PowerPoint #2

Activities and Ideas for Teaching Suffixes

A Real World Example PowerPoint – This short PowerPoint was created as a hook activity for a lesson. It starts with a note Mom leaves about what snack you, the reader, are allowed to have. It contains just five question slides. Students must understand the meanings of the prefixes and suffixes to answer the questions. Again, this editable PowerPoint can be easily adapted or expanded to fit the needs of your students. 
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Three Anchor Chart Opportunities

 

 

Anchor charts are a valuable tool in the classroom. They help students in several ways including:      

clarifying rules

provide a reference guide

give examples

show steps in a process 

provide gui∈Ydance for students who are working independently

Students enjoy seeing these colorful displays.  Curiosity is often piqued when a knew chart goes up.

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I am constantly amazed at how much students learn from anchor charts. These colorful, to-the-point classroom displays make learning both fun and meaningful. You can get some ideas for creating your own anchor charts at my website:


Language Arts Anchor Charts

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Creating Anchor Charts

Using anchor charts is a fantastic way to quickly cover key points. This colorful to-the-point method of teaching keeps students focused. Students look at the charts not only as reference guides, but after viewing the charts; frequently ask questions that show a deep understanding of the topic. This is why I try to create a new anchor chart for each skill I plan to cover.  Continue reading

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Activities

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

There has been much dispute over the reading order of the seven books that make up the Chronicles of Narnia. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was the first book published in the series. Due to this, a reader can pick up this book and not have to read background information to “catch up” with what is taking place in the story. 

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)
  • Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia (1951)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
  • The Silver Chair (1953)
  • The Horse and His Boy (1954)
  • The Magician’s Nephew (1955)
  • The Last Battle (1956)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe tells the story of four siblings: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. They have been sent to the English countryside to live with Professor Digory Kirke after World War II breaks out in London. The children discover a wardrobe in the professor’s home that takes them to the magical land of Narnia.

In Narnia, the Pevensie children help save a talking lion named Aslan from and evil White Witch. The White Witch has taken over the land of Narnia and caused the kingdom to have everlasting winter with no Christmas. As the children help to break the spell of the evil witch, the snow begins to melt, and Father Christmas arrives.

Anchor Chart

The anchor chart below helps students think about the gifts that Father Christmas brings. These are not the usual gifts of toys and candy that “Santa” brings, but items needed to survive and to battle the evil witch.

You may wish to have students complete the anchor chart by writing the details on sticky notes. This way the anchor chart may be used year after year.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Anchor Chart

The anchor chart above pairs with the constructive response graphic organizer below.

Free Printable The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Constructive Response Graphic Organizer

This is a free sample constructive response organizer from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Interactive Notebook and Activity Unit. Just click on the image to download the pdf version of this organizer.

Ways to Use the Graphic Organizer

Free Printable The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Constructive Response Graphic Organizer

Option 1

Have students use the graphic organizer for notes. Notice the notes in the photo above are not in complete sentences. Glue the organizer to the left side of the notebook page. On the right side of the notebook, students use the notes to write the details in paragraph form.

Option 2

Students complete the organizer by writing complete sentences.

This anchor chart may be downloaded for free from the Teachers Pay Teachers site. It may be used with any novel. I like to place students into small groups and have them complete the anchor chart.

Plot Development
Roller Coaster Organizer

Free Printable Plot Diagram Anchor Chart


Download this free Plot Development Anchor Chart.

Click here to read a blog post that provides additional information about this anchor chart.

Free Printable The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Constructive Response Graphic Organizer

This is another free sample constructive response organizer. Just click on the image to download the pdf version of this organizer. This constructive response organizer pairs well with the anchor chart above.

Additional Teaching Ideas for the Book

The Secret Door Foldable

  • Curriculum Guide to Accompany the Movie and Book (41-page guide contains many activities, games, and printables)
  • Study Guide

Book Unit Samples

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Book Unit Samples

If you would like to try out the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe  Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapter 1 
  • Character Traits Constructive Response Question 
  • Symbolism Constructive Response Question
  • Plot Development Constructive Response Question
  • Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks LikeThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Interactive Notebook and Activity Unit

 

 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities covering vocabulary, constructive response writing, and skill practice. Click on the image below to visit Teachers Pay Teachers where you can view a preview and purchase this unit.

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A Wrinkle in Time Activities

A Wrinkle in Time

From the first line of the book . . . “It was a dark and stormy night,” until the last line. . . “But they never learned what it was that Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which had to do, for there was a gust of wind, and they were gone,” A Wrinkle in Time is an exciting story.

In this book three children, Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin, go on a rescue mission to save Meg and Charles Wallace’s father from the Darkness that has trapped him. The children are helped by three witches, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatist, and Mrs. Which who provide gentle advice through thoughtful quotes:

  • Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. – Mrs. Whatsit

  • It was really a very great honor for me to be chosen for this mission. It’s just because of my verbalizing and materializing so well, you know. But of course we can’t take any credit for our talents. – Mrs. Whatsit

  • I do not know everything; still many things I understand. – Mrs. Who

A Wrinkle in Time
Problems and Solutions Anchor Chart

This anchor chart helps students map the problems and solutions in Chapter 4. Notice the anchor chart has been completed using sticky notes. This way the anchor chart may be reused again and again.
A Wrinkle in Time Anchor Chart Paired with Writing Activity 

This is a free sample constructive response organizer. Just click on the image to download the pdf version of this organizer.

Ways to Use the Graphic Organizer

Free Printable A Wrinkle in Time Constructive Response Graphic Organizer

Option 1

Have students use the graphic organizer for notes. Notice the notes in the photo above are not in complete sentences. Glue the organizer to the left side of the notebook page. On the right side of the notebook, students use the notes to write the details in paragraph form.

Option 2

Students complete the organizer by writing complete sentences.

A Wrinkle in Time
Setting Anchor Chart 

Free Printable Setting Anchor Chart


Download this free Setting Anchor Chart.

Click here to read a blog post that provides additional information about this anchor chart.

This is another free sample constructive response organizer. Just click on the image to download the pdf version of this organizer. This constructive response organizer pairs well with the anchor chart above.

Free Printable A Wrinkle in Time Constructive Response Graphic Organizer

Teaching Ideas for the Book

Book Unit

Free Samples from A Wrinkle in Time Book Unit

If you would like to try out the A Wrinkle in Time Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:

  • Vocabulary Practice for Chapter 1 
  • Character Traits Constructive Response Question
  • Problem and Solutions Constructive Response Question
  • Setting Constructive Response Question
  • Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks LikeA Wrinkle in Time Interactive Notebook and Activity Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities covering vocabulary, constructive response writing, and skill practice.

A Wrinkle in Time Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities covering vocabulary, constructive response writing, and skill practice. Click on the image below to visit Teachers Pay Teachers where you can take a look at the preview and purchase this unit.

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Point of View

Presenting Point of View 

By using the comparison of a diorama, my students are able to begin to understand 1st and 3rd points of view. I tell the students that in first-person, you shrink yourself and become one of the characters within the diorama. If you were writing a story set in the diorama, you would describe what is happening to you. In third-person, you are outside the diorama, looking in, and telling a story about what you see.

Point of View Activities 

Here are some online resources:

Point Out the View from PBS Kids

Quia Point of View Million Game

Maintaining Point of View

Jeopardy Review Game

Point of View Song

Learn about Point of View

Anchor Chart 

Download this free anchor chart.

Free Printable Point of View Anchor Chart

 

Printing Instructions

Adobe Reader

With Adobe Reader 10 or newer, you can print posters by splitting the document across multiple sheets of paper called tiles. After printing, you piece the tiles together. If you have an older version of Adobe Reader, you can update to a newer version with a free download here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Printing Instructions

  1. Choose File > Print
  2. A pop-up menu will open. Select the “Poster” option under “Page Sizing & Handling.” The poster is set to print 20 by 30 inches. This will tile over 8 pieces of paper. This size fits perfectly on the standard 22 by 32 inch flip chart. If you select “Size” in place of “Poster,” your poster will fit on a standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper.

Additional Resources

 Point of View Activities at Teachers Pay Teachers

Mini posters, Lap Book, Task Cards, Turn Around Upside Down Printable Books, and Games are just some of the activities your students will enjoy in this unit.

Point of View Unit at Teachers Pay Teachers 

 

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Five Ways to Teach Theme

Teaching Theme

Teaching students to find the theme of a book can be both fun and frustrating. Some students understand the concept immediately. For others, it can be a real challenge.

Here are five ways to teach theme:

#1 Teaching Theme with Visuals

Use the visual THE MEssage to help students remember that the theme is the message of a book, movie, song etc.

 

 Download this free theme anchor chart.

Free Theme Poster

Adobe Reader

With Adobe Reader 10 or newer, you can print posters by splitting the document across multiple sheets of paper called tiles. After printing, you piece the tiles together. If you have an older version of Adobe Reader, you can update to a newer version with a free download here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Printing Instructions

  1. Choose File > Print

  2. A pop-up menu will open. Select the “Poster” option under “Page Sizing & Handling.” The poster is set to print 20 by 30 inches. This will tile over 8 pieces of paper. This size fits perfectly on the standard 22 by 32 inch flip chart. If you select “Size” in place of “Poster,” your poster will fit on a standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper.

#2 Teaching Theme with Fables

Fables are easy for students to understand. Due to their short to the point message, students catch on to the idea of theme quickly.

Here are a few good fables to use:

  • The Country Mouse and the City Mouse
  • The Lion and the Mouse
  • The Boy who Cried Wolf

#3 Teaching Theme with Songs

Here are few great songs to try:

  • “Hero” by Mariah Carey
  • “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day
  • “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus
  • “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack
  • “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin
  • “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips
  • “Help” by the Beatles
  • “Wheel of the World” by Carrie Underwood
  • “The Dance” by Garth Brooks

#4 Use movies.

Here are few great movies to use for discussion:

  • The Emperor’s New Groove
  • Antz
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Hoot
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

#5 Use anchor charts.

Download this free anchor chart.

Free Printable Theme Anchor Chart

Printing Instructions

[This anchor chart is the same size as the poster above. You will use the same printing instructions.]

  1. Choose File > Print
  2. A pop-up menu will open. Select the “Poster” option under “Page Sizing & Handling.” The poster is set to print 20 by 30 inches. This will tile over 8 pieces of paper. This size fits perfectly on the standard 22 by 32 inch flip chart. If you select “Size” in place of “Poster,” your poster will fit on a standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper.

Additional Resources

Anchor Charts on Book Units Teacher

Theme Anchor Chart

Theme Unit at Teachers Pay Teachers

Theme Unit

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