Turning skill practice into a game is not only fun for students, but will help them learn the skills so much more quickly. This trail game practices with the prefixes con-/com-, uni-, and ex-.
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Instructions for Playing the Games
- Players determine who goes first with the roll of a dice.
- During a play, the player draws a card. The player looks at the prefixes on the trail game and moves his/her marker to the first space on the trail that forms a real word by adding the prefix from the game board to the root word that is on the card.
- If a player reaches the last few spaces of the trail and a real word cannot be formed, the player must wait and try again during his/her next turn.
- The first player to reach the finish line is the winner.
Common Core Skills
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5.b Use common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., photograph, photosynthesis).
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4.b Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., audience, auditory, audible).
- CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4.b Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., belligerent, bellicose, rebel).
If you discover your students need practice going over the prefixes in this activity, check out these FREE foldable graphic organizers. Each chapter has an organizer. Here again, the organizers may be used as a stand alone activity independent from the book. You will find prefix organizers with Chapters 10-12 in the July 2015 Monday Blog Posts.