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You Can't Spell the Word Prefix Without a Prefix
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Four 40-minute sessions|
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Colored markers (2 of the same color for each group)
- Index cards
- Set of dice
- Sheets of large chart paper
- Sticky notes
For Session 1: Prepare a large sheet of chart paper for each group with one different prefix written in large letters at the top. Prefixes pre-, un-, re-, dis-, pro-, and auto- are recommended, as words with these prefixes are plentiful and easily recognizable to most students. Four to five groups, consisting of no more than four students, are ideal. You will also need sticky notes, one per student.
For Session 2: Gather colored markers, two of the same color per group. Use a different color for each group. Again, one sticky note per student will be needed.
For Session 3: Prepare index cards with sample words from each prefix chart. Each student should have a card, containing either a prefix or a root word from the lists they compiled on the chart paper. You may also need dice for this session.