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Flip-a-Chip: Examining Affixes and Roots to Build Vocabulary

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Flip-a-Chip: Examining Affixes and Roots to Build Vocabulary

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time One or two 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lee Mountain

Houston, Texas


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





  • Computers with Internet access and printing capability

  • General classroom supplies (paper, markers, pens)

  • Indelible or dry-erase markers

  • Overhead with transparency or chalkboard

  • Plastic bags with closures

  • White poker chips (or other hard chips suitable for flipping)

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Grades   6 – 8  |  Student Interactive  |  Learning About Language


The Flip-a-Chip activity provides hands-on practice with affixes and roots, and also promotes comprehension through structural analysis and vocabulary in context.


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Prepare a sample Flip-a-Chip packet to introduce your students to the activity. On the first chip, print pro on the front and re on the back. On the second chip, print duce on the front and voke on the back. Flipping the chips can make four words: provoke, produce, revoke, and reduce. Prepare an overhead transparency or write the following paragraph on the chalkboard:

Ms. Jones was angry. She said, "My students _____ me when they are tardy. They _____ one excuse after another. I want to ____ the number of tardies, so I'll ____ the privileges of any student who is late.

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