Teaching Suffixes Activities and Ideas

Teach Suffixes with these Activities and IdeasAre you looking for some activities for teaching suffixes? Check out these free materials including activities for Google Slides, videos, anchor charts, and PowerPoints.

Teaching students some common suffixes can increase their vocabulary tremendously. The suffixes -s/-es, -ed, -ing, -ly, -er/-or, -ion/-tion/-ation/-tion, and -ible/-able account for 72 percent of suffixed words. Teaching these 7 suffixes is a must. This first activity goes over the rules for using variations of -ible/-able and -ion.

To prevent readers from becoming lost in a tackle of links going all over the Internet to each activity that I mention in the post, I have created this pdf file with links to all prefix activities or resources. 

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Suffix Rules

-able -ible (can be done) 

Rule 1 – Use the suffix -able with root words that can stand alone.

Examples

enjoy > enjoyable

value > valuable

like > likable

perish  > perishable

permit > permissible

 

Rule 2Use the suffix -ible with root words that CANNOT stand alone.

Examples

ed > edible

poss > possible

invis > invisible

gull > gullible

terr  > terrible

 

 

-ion , -ation –sion , -tion (act of/ state of/ result of)

Rule 1 – Use the suffix -sion if the suffix is pronounced ZHUN.

Examples 

collision

conclusion

 

Rule 2 – Use the suffix -sion after the letters L, N, or R. 

Examples (pronounced SHUN)

apprehension

conversion

compulsion

 

Rule 3 – Use the suffix -tion when the root word does not end in L, N, or R. 

Examples

action

edition

 

Rule 4 – If the word ends with -ate the ending will be ation.

Example

applicate > application

 

Rule 5 – Use the suffix -sion after root words ending in -mit or -ss.

Examples

admit > admission

discuss > discussion

 

 

Free Root Words Activities

This lesson introduces students to the suffixes -able/-ible and -ion/-ation/-sion/ -tion. This mini lesson is a vocabulary building exercise for upper elementary and middle school students.
This lesson introduces students to the suffixes -able/-ible and -ion/-ation/-sion/ -tion. This mini lesson is a vocabulary building exercise for upper elementary and middle school students.

This lesson introduces students to the suffixes -able/-ible and -ion/-ation/-sion/-tion. This mini-lesson is a vocabulary-building exercise for upper elementary and middle school students.

In this mini-lesson, students watch the video. The video goes over the rules for using the different variations of -able/-ible and -ion/-ation/-sion/-tion. Next students pause the video to complete either the digital or printable organizer. After completing the organizer, students continue watching the video to check their responses. This mini activity is a great introduction to a lesson on suffixes.

Activities in this free series are set up as individual lessons making them great to assign through Google Classroom. Click here to download the free activities from Google Drive.

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Do you need more suffix activities? Check these out.

Activity #1 – Activity for Google Slides

Activities and Ideas for Teaching Suffixes

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Activity #2 – Three Anchor Chart Ideas

Students enjoy anchor charts. Use them as a reference, as an interactive activity, or to model information that should be written on a foldable organizer. This section shows 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.

Teach Suffixes using an 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: Start For beginners, use base words that form only one real word. 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.

Try this activity using with 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

Students have trouble remembering how words change when suffixes are added. This staggered flip organizer reviews six spelling rules. The rules include the following:

  • doubling the final consonant
  • dropping the final e
  • when to keep the final e – first rule
  • when to keep the final e – second rule
  • changing y to i
  • when not to change y to i

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Activity #3 – Teach Suffixes with these Free PowerPoints

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PowerPoint #1 Activities and Ideas for Teaching Suffixes

Activities and Ideas for Teaching Suffixes

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Each of the ten slides asks a single question. Students 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. Add, delete, or change the slides to fit the needs of your students. Also easily change the prefixes and suffixes to the ones you are teaching.

PowerPoint #2

Activities and Ideas for Teaching Suffixes

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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, adapt this PowerPoint to fit the needs of your students. 

 

Activity #4

This lesson is a free sample from my Vocabulary Digital + Printable Interactive Video Lessons & Organizers on TPT.

 

This packet contains 31 organizers in printable and Google Slides versions with video companions going over definitions and examples of for 19 vocabulary skills:

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