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Spelling Words Correctly Using Prefixes
Lesson Objective
This strategy will focus on the prefix "re-" to help predict the meaning of words. The same strategy can be used to introduce other
common prefixes such as "dis-", "in-" and "im-".
Background Information for Teacher
Student Prior Knowledge
Whiteboard & Markers
Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
This is a mini-lesson.
Brainstorm activity
Remind the student that a prefix is a word part that comes at the beginning of a word.
Tell the student that you're going to name some words that begin with the prefix "re-". (Say the words and write them on the board).
Say the words:
or any words of your choice
Ask the student to generate "re-" words of their own by adding the prefix to action words (verb) and write these words on the board.
Silly words are acceptable.
1. Print the prefix "re-" on the board and say it aloud.
2. Tell the student that it means again or back.
3. Use the words that you wrote during brainstorming and underline the prefix "re-".
4. Identify the base words.
5. Point out that the word "rewrite" that it means write again.
6. Go back to the words that were written in the Brainstorming activity and a couple of the students words. Discuss the
meaning of each word (prefix and base).
7. *Some words will be non-examples, such as rest or ready.
8. This would be a good time to tell the student that the letters "r" and "e" in a word are not always a prefix.
9. Print the following sentence on the board, underlining the word remake:
10. My mom asked me to remake my bed.
Say, "I see the word "remake" begins with "re-", which can be a prefix that means again or back. If I take "re" away from remake, I
have the word make, which means to put something together."
Say "Now I'll try one of the prefix meanings in a sentence. Make again makes sense in this sentence. My mom wants me to make my
bed again."
Print the following sentence on the board underlining the word rest.
We worked so hard, we needed to rest.
Remind the student that the letters "r" and "e" together in a word are not always a prefix.
Example: If I take the "re" away in rest, they aren't left with a word. So "re" in rest is not a prefix.
Tell the student that they should always use context clues and what they know about prefixes to get the meaning of the word.
Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Spelling Word List for this week.
Step 4: Review. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can demonstrate
understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
Prefix game (online)