Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

A resource that focuses on prefixes and/or suffixes (including plurals).

Spelling handouts - acc or exc? Per or pre?

Submitted by Ruth North on Thu, 2013-01-24 12:21

Pre-entry: Writing

Literacy: Ww/L1.1, Functional English - writing, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals, Ww/L2.1

Free tags: spelling rules

Resource type: Handout or guide

Level: L1, L2

These resources were created to support learners in developing knowledge of spelling rules.

Handout 1 can be used to support learners who struggle with spelling words with an interior /ks/ sound, such as access and excess.

Handout 2 can be used to support learners who struggle with spelling words that start with PER and PRE.

Root word family cards

Submitted by Gemma Holtam on Tue, 2012-03-06 11:12

Literacy: Ww/E2.2, Ww/E3.2, Rw/E2.2, Rw/E3.1, Rw/L1.3, Ww/L1.1, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E2.3a, ESOL Rw/E3.1a, ESOL Rw/E3.5a, ESOL Rw/L1.1a, ESOL Rw/L1.3a, ESOL Ww/E2.1b, ESOL Ww/E3.1a, ESOL Ww/L1.1a

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Flash cards, Sort or match cards

Root word family cards are two sets of flash cards that can be used to visualise the concept of root words to entry level and L1 students.

The entry level cards contain a number of root words and their word families, with a picture representation of each word. The level one sheet contains a higher level of vocabulary and the pictures have been removed.

Lesson Ideas

  • The cards could be given to the students to group into word families.

'Shun' suffixes card sort

Submitted by Heidi Griffin on Wed, 2012-02-29 21:49

Literacy: Recognise and understand a range of words, Apply strategies to spell correctly, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

ESOL: ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics), ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Sort or match cards

This is a set of ‘shun’ suffix word cards to accompany the “Which suffix -cian -ssion, sion or tion?” resource (see below).

Print the sheets onto card or have them laminated, then cut up the individual root word cards for learners to sort under the correct headings.

Root words, suffixes and prefixes

Submitted by Helen Holt on Wed, 2012-01-25 18:26

Literacy: Rw/E3.5, Rw/L1.3, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

Resource type: Informative presentation

Level: E3, L1

This colourful PowerPoint aims to teach learners about the structure of words in the English language. Numerous examples are given to help learners think of their own root words, suffixes and prefixes.

Plural spelling rules

Submitted by Abigail Iliffe on Sat, 2012-01-07 17:53

Literacy: Ww/E3.2, Ww/L1.1, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

ESOL: ESOL Ww/E2.1b, ESOL Ww/E3.1a, ESOL Ww/L1.1a, ESOL Ww/L1.1b

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Handout or guide, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

Visual colour-coded resource, explaining the main plural spelling rules. Created for E2/E3 learners, but could also be useful for all visual learners working between E2-L2.

Includes: colour-coded fact sheet, blank table, worksheet and flash cards to cut out and laminate. Could be used for a number of different activities.

-sion words

Submitted by Gill Knight on Thu, 2011-03-31 17:04

Literacy: Rw/E3.3, Rw/E3.4, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3

Useful worksheet for higher Entry 3 learners. A cloze exercise where all the missing words end in the suffix -sion. It also improves vocabulary and encourages the use of a dictionary to check the meaning of unknown words.

As an extra challenge – or for Level 1 learners – fold the word list (at the bottom of the sheet) over so the learner has no clues.

Facts about pancakes

Submitted by Nicola Smith on Sun, 2011-03-06 09:54

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Ww/E3.2, Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Ww/L1.1, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

Free tags: Shrove Tuesday

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, History

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Crossword, Reading comprehension

A recently designed resource that I wanted to share with my fellow skillsworkshop users. I wanted something to use with my learners as a spelling lesson.

Regular and irregular plurals with Wordle

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Mon, 2009-10-19 17:24

Literacy: Ww/E3.1, Ww/E3.2, Ww/L1.1, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

Free tags: Wordle

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Interactive whiteboard, Worksheet or assignment

18 words to sort according to plural spelling rules. Ideal for display on a smartboard.
Created with Wordle , a brilliant on-line, completely free word cloud creator.
See our blog articles for more Wordle teaching and learning ideas:…

Plurals (for Smart Notebook)

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Sat, 2009-10-17 17:25

Literacy: Ww/E3.2, Ww/L1.1, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

Resource type: Interactive whiteboard

Level: E3, L1

Covers both regular and irregular plurals (10).
The great thing about this activity is that it is created from a template (available in the Activity Toolkit, in the Smart Notebook Gallery) and can be quickly and easily edited to include specific spellings for your students.
See Dave’s other Notebook word games below.
Please note you must have the Smart notebook software installed on your computer in order to open, view and use this resource

The Cardigan

Submitted by New Leaf Books on Fri, 2009-08-28 17:25

Literacy: Fiction, Ww/E3.2, Rt/E2.1, Rt/E2.3, Rt/E2.4, Rt/E3.8, SLc/E2.4, SLlr/E1.5, Wt/E2.1, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2, E3

The Cardigan is a set of professionally written resources based on the popular reader from New Leaf Books

Includes imagery, speaking & listening, symbols, spelling (changing y to an i) and memory skills. Encourages readers to get the most out of the book.

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