Week of December 11

This Week’s Feature:

Spelling Pattern: Word Building with Affixes
Many words are formed by adding one or more prefixes or suffixes to a base word. A base word, which is also called a stem, is the main part of a word to which affixes (prefixes and suffixes) are added. Remember that a prefix is a syllable or syllables at the beginning of the word that change the word’s meaning, and a suffix is a syllable or syllables at the end of a word. A suffix can change the tense, number, part of speech, or meaning of the base word. Watch for these patterns as you read and write.

This Week’s Special Spelling Practice Activity:

Chart the Parts

This week your spelling list contains words formed by adding prefixes or suffixes to a base word. Some of the words have both a prefix and a suffix.

Complete the Chart the Parts activity and turn it in to Ms. M., along with your weekly word sort and spelling story. Do not forget that for homework, you must also study your spelling words for Friday’s spelling test.

  1. Fold a sheet of paper lengthwise into three columns.
  2. Title the columns Prefix, Base Word, and Suffix.
  3. Pronounce each spelling word aloud.
  4. Write the word parts in the correct columns. For the word superconductor, super- belongs in the Prefix column, conduct belongs in the Base Word column, and –or belongs in the Suffix column.

Choose the word sort for your group:


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