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Prefix/Suffix: Create a Story

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Lesson Type: Build Mastery
Grade: 2, 3
Group Size: Individual, Pair, Small Group
Length: 10 minutes
Goal: Given a list of words containing prefixes and suffixes, students will expand their knowledge of these words by using them in a story.

Materials: Paper, pencils, board or chart paper

What to Do


Write a list of words containing the prefixes and suffixes students have learned so far on the board or a piece of chart paper.

Assign each student a word from the list.


1. Review the prefixes and suffixes students have learned so far, and the meaning of the words on the list.

Today we will learn more about words containing prefixes and suffixes by Creating a Story.

2. Choose a student to help you model how to do the activity. Complete each step together with the class.

We are going to work together to write a story using all of these words that contain prefixes and suffixes. The first person will write a sentence using his or her word.

Let the student write the opening sentence.

Then, it will be the second student’s turn. He/she will add to the story by writing a sentence using his/her word.

We will continue until everyone has written their sentence in the story.


3. Have students Create a Story.

Now, it is your turn to Create a Story. Remember to use your word in your sentence.

4. Walk around the classroom to monitor students’ performance on this task.

5. As a wrap-up, you may read the story out loud to the group or the whole class.


For Advanced Students:

Assign these students two words to use in either one or two sentences.

For Struggling Students:

Ask these students to circle the prefix or suffix in their word to make the distinction more clear.

For ELL Students:

ELL students may need assistance writing a sentence with their assigned word.

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