When I was reading one of my daughter’s stories I noticed that she had a tendency to drop double letters when she combined prefixes with root words so I thought it would be good to revisit the idea of prefixes (eg – un + natural = unnatural – when you combine your prefix with your root word you don’t drop any letters – straight forward rule but a good spelling rule to know). I also wanted to make sure that she understood what the different meanings of the prefixes are.
I picked out a few words in one of the books that she is reading and we spoke about the root word and how adding different prefixes to a root word would change the meaning. We also tested out the spelling rule (she double checked a few words in her dictionary just to make sure the spelling rule does work – always good to prove it to yourself).
Then we looked at a few exercises in workbooks that we had at home ( Understanding English: Spelling : KS2 English Study Book, Ages 7-11 and Understanding English: Vocabulary: KS2 English Study Book, Ages 7-11). Both of these workbook had 2 pages each on prefixes, which was handy.
However my daughter suggested it would be nice to have a list of what the different prefixes were and their meanings. So we came up with this list – very simple just in a word document but I also created a second page where the meanings are empty.
But as handy as our list is I know my daughter is a very visual learner and she likes having pages stuck up on our notice boards and the list just looked a bit boring. So we came up with a colourful cloud version (have no idea why we went for clouds but we did). And it looks like this.
I am attaching both of the documents for anyone who wants to use them.
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