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Charts with printed lists of words – prefixes, suffixes, compound words, and word families. 
Two small moveable alphabets, one red, the other black (or another color). 
Additional classified charts and materials for reading (optional). 

Presentations and Exercises

  1. Invite the child to the lesson.  
  2. Bring the blue moveable alphabet.  
  3. Ask the child to bring the red moveable alphabet to a rug.  
  4. Place the blue alphabet in the top left corner of the rug. 
  5. Ask the child to place the red moveable alphabet in the top right corner of the rug. 
  6. Think of a word that the child can add suffixes to, for example the word “snow.” 
  7. Ask the child to make the word “snow” using blue letters.  
  8. “We have words that change into new words when we add different letters.” 
  9. “I can think of one! Snows. Can you make ‘snows’? Use red for the new letter. 
  10. “I can think of another one! Snowy. Can you make snowy? Remember to use red for the new letter.” 
  11. “What new words can you think of?” 
  12. Observe the child create as many words as he can. 
  13. Ask the child to work with other words such as teach, sing, jump, clown, art, etc.  
  14. Introduce a suffix tray/folder that has suffix charts.  
    The charts are for going from writing to reading as well as introducing the child to various examples. You should encourage the child to make his own lists. 

Introduce prefixes in much the same was as suffixes. “We can make new words by putting letters at the beginning, too!” Here, you should have prefix charts. 

Compound Words 

“Did you know that we can make on word by putting together two different words?” Here, you should have lists of compound words and cards for reading and matching. 


To explore the composition of words.
Preparation for etymology.  


5 to 5 1/2


 Your classroom should have many charts, cards, and little books for Word Study.
Word Study is a way to see how words are constructed. 
This work may be done parallel with reading analysis.
Other Word Study options for classified charts and reading cards include:
Singular and Plural, Antonyms, Homonyms, Animal Collectives (A colony of ants), Animals and their Young, etc. 

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