Beyond just prefix identification, this meaty lesson taps into your students’ thinking. Using a combination of analogies, constructing, and deconstructing words with prefixes, students will learn the meaning and mechanics of prefixes.
It is not only important for students to recognize words with prefixes, but also be able to choose the right prefix for the base word. In this lesson, students will work in groups to come up with as many words as possible with particular prefixes.
A prefix is something that is added to the beginning of the word to change its meaning. For example, adding the prefix “un” to “happy” creates a new word, “unhappy.” When students master the use of prefixes, their vocabulary increases tremendously. With our worksheets and resources, your students will learn how to use prefixes properly and improve their reading comprehension and writing skills.
Learn More About Prefixes
A prefix is what is called an “affix”— an additional element placed at the beginning or end of a root, stem or word to modify its meaning. Another type of affix is a suffix, an element added to the end of the word. The four most common prefixes account for more than 95 percent of prefixed words. They are dis-, in-, re- and un-.
dis- (not or none): dislike, disappear, disagree, disconnect, disinfect