Lesson Plan Title : Root Words, Prefixes, and Suffixes

Age Range: Grade 9 through Grade 12 (High School Level)

Overview and Purpose : The following activity will help your students understand how words are made. They will be able to match a root word to the correct prefix or suffix.

Objective: The student will be able to

*name a word that uses a given prefix or suffix.

*spell the word they named.


None needed


Have the students put their desks in a circle. Choose a prefix or suffix that the students must use. The first student must make a word using the prefix or suffix within 10 seconds of it being given. The next student has to correctly spell that word and give another word for the following student to spell. If a student misspells a word, cannot give a new word, or makes up a word, he is out. Game play continues until only one student is left.


A homework assignment that can be given after this lesson could be to have students write down the prefixes and suffixes that were used and to have them research the meanings of each one.