Prefix and Suffix Worksheets
Make sure to remind students that prefixes come before the root of
the word that is being modified. Suffixes follow the modified root of the frame.
You might be surprised, but a survey was taken of a 2,500 8th graders
in 2013 on this very topic. Less than 20% of the students knew that
a prefix proceeds a root.
This class of word parts are very helpful when you are trying to tweak the meaning of a term. My one problem with prefixes is that we as the English-speaking world tend to use more negative prefixes than any other. The three most commonly used prefixes are dis-, in-, and un-. As you can see these prefixes, when added to words, flicker a negative vibe in some way. These worksheets will have students using and breaking down prefixes and suffixes.
Advanced Roots- The part of word that forms the central meaning behind the definition. These can be found across several different terms.
Common Prefixes and Suffixes- These the most popular forms of affixes. You will find those that we explore are rooted in the national curriculum.
Decoding Latin Suffixes- All of these word starters are grounded in Latin. The English language formed from German, Greek, and Latin of course.
Root Words- What are the underlying themes of the word? You will find these in multiple forms of vocabulary terms.
Prefix Specific Worksheets:
They Mean Before
- Add the correct prefix to the front of each base word to make a new term. Write
it on the line.
Word Meanings -
Add to a word and then write the meaning of it on the line.
This is a fun activity that reinforces the concept that words are very inter related.
Create Opposites -
We give you practice on working with the underlined
terms to change its meaning to its opposite.
Create New Words
- You will work with adding these word parts: anti-, im-, non-, sub-, dis-, re-, trans-, in-, over-, and un-.
Answer Keys -
These are the answer keys to worksheets posted above.
- Use a affix to create a word that has the indicated
meaning. Write it on the line.
Un- Means Not -
The underlined word in each sentence below is incorrect; its
opposite should be in its place. Write the correct term on the line.
Fill It Up
- Complete the table by filling in a word part that goes with the root and writing a term that matches the meaning provided.
- It is amazing how adding two simple letters to a word can transform the meaning behind it entirely.
- See if you studied Latin before? That comes in handy here.
Which One - Which of these letter chunks makes the best word?
Box It - Divide each word into two parts. Write the root word in one box. Write
he prefix or suffix in the other box.
Rewrites - Rewrite each sentence to express its opposite by
adding a prefix or a suffix to the underlined word. You may have to
change the wording of the rewritten sentence slightly.
Three Times - You will complete each exercise three times. This is a great practice set.
What's Your Fix? - Draw a box around the set affix in each
word. Follow the example.
Terms to Sentences - Write the meaning of each prefix, write a term with them, then use it in a sentence.
Chart It - You will take a term and slice, dice, and chop it.
The Roots - Find the root that exists in each instance.
The Buildup - Use the box of prefixes and suffixes to complete each
word. Some words may have more than one correct answer.
Unscramble - You may have to drop the final e from the root word to
add the suffix. Each new word must have a prefix, a root word, and
a suffix. Write the new words on the lines.