The Prefixes Pack

Help your children to explore prefixes and their meanings with our comprehensive resource pack. It includes a PDF / PowerPoint guide, games and activities, reference materials, display printables and more!

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  • One 8 Page Prefixes Guide – Learn about prefixes with our handy PDF and PowerPoint guides! They include plenty of examples of prefixes, and information about root words, the meaning of different prefixes, hyphens, spelling and more!
  • Two Prefixes Word Mats – Handy mats that your children can use as reference resources during their writing. Available at two different levels of complexity.
  • 15 Pages of Prefix Word List Posters – A large set of posters that show different prefixes, with examples of words that include them.
  • One Prefix Peril Game – Help Preato the wizard to retrieve his missing hat by following the path and answering the questions about prefixes!
  • Sixteen ‘Prefix Word Definitions’ Activities – Can your children write definitions for the different sets of words with the same prefix?
  • Sixteen ‘Prefix Sentences’ Sheets – Challenge your students to make up creative sentences that include these words with similar prefixes.
  • Six ‘Missing Words’ Sheets – Ask your children to combine prefixes with the given root words and use the new words to complete the sentences!
  • Eight Pages of Prefix Matching Cards – Can your children build words by matching the prefixes and the roots? You can use a set on its own, or combine sets to add an extra challenge!
  • Twenty-Three Sets of Prefix Flashcards – A large collection of words with different prefixes. Use them for spelling challenges, sorting activities, sentence building and more!
  • Four Prefix Dice – A collection of dice that show different prefixes. Roll one of them and challenge your children to think of words that begin with the chosen prefix!
  • Twelve Prefix Word Searches – Challenge your students to find the words beginning with different prefixes in these word searches.
  • Two Prefixes Banners – Eye-catching banners to use on your display boards when your children are learning about prefixes!

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 3 reviews
 by Rowan
Useful and comprehensive!

A real boost for spelling and vocabulary! Fun and useful. The "Missing Words" make great activities, the wordsearches look very useful, and I really like the board game!

 by Karen
Another triumph!!

I love this pack because, as usual, the activities are lively and engaging meaning that my pupils enjoy their learning. I understand some of the concerns raised by Mr Smith, who is clearly something of a linguistics expert, but in the main, I use activities rather than your teaching guides so, for me, this pack hits the spot! Thank you.

 by Mr Smith
Morphology through a Phonics Prism

It's great that morphology is gaining a lot of attention now, but morphology through the prism of phonics is very patchy.

A few things to be aware of if using this pack:

Prefixes can have more than one meaning (eg the prefix can mean again, it can also mean back, and can also be an intensifier)

Words can be made of more than one prefix (in + cor + rect --> incorrect. 2 prefixes).

Root words, whilst I would argue about that terminology, are not unique in conveying meaning, affixes do too. To claim root words are from Latin or Greek, with no mention of Old English, is plain wrong and ignores the Germanic nature and heritage of the English language.

isn't a prefix. This page is confusing prefixes with compounds. Different things.

The spelling of the suffix doesn't change. The preceding the suffix is replaced, not the in the suffix. This is one of the three consistent suffixing conventions: replacing a single final non-syllabic , doubling a final consonant, toggling to .

Most of the 'root words' on the final slide can be further divided:

nate + ion
com + fort

The best thing a teacher wanting to teach morphology can do is to learn how to read and teach their pupils how to do the same. Learn about free and bound bases and how to derive them from historic roots.

I didn't learn any of this during teacher training or school directed CPD, I've put my own hours into learning this stuff but my class love their spelling lessons now following a structured word inquiry approach.

The children deserve a proper understanding of the structure of the language.

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, Mr Smith. We really appreciate your feedback and have made several changes to the guide based on your suggestions.

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