August 24, 2017
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By Anna Whaley

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Wonder Words

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  • Students will be able to identify subtle changes in word structures when suffixes are added.
  • Students will be able to determine the meanings of several related words.
(10 minutes)
  • Give students part of a word, such as the word Sun, and challenge the students to make as many words as they can with that word.
  • Time students for one minute, and then allow students to share the words that they made.
  • Following this activity, tell the students that they will be learning how to create new words from existing words using suffixes.
  • Explain that words can take different forms as different parts of speech, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.
  • Briefly review the differences between the parts of speech.
(10 minutes)
  • Demonstrate the process of changing the form of a group of words (such as the words, Act, Activity, Active, Actively) by adding suffixes.
  • Use the words in context, writing a sentence with each of the words on the board.
  • Discuss the different uses of the words in the variety of contexts.
(15 minutes)
  • Divide students into small groups of three or four.
  • Give each group a set of word cards.
  • Ask the students to compare and contrast the words, noticing similarities and differences.
  • Challenge the students to use each word in the set in different contexts.
  • Circulate around the room to assist groups as needed.
  • Once all groups are finished, invite each group to share their observations and word uses with the rest of the class.
(15 minutes)
  • Ask the students to complete the worksheet, Subtle Changes.
  • Circulate around the room and if needed, assisting students in locating similar words before they write an explanation.

Enrichment:

  • Give students one form of a word and challenge them to brainstorm how they can change the form of the word.
  • Invite students to write a paragraph using multiple word forms and then trade with a partner to identify the differences in word use.

Support:

  • Guide the students in completing the Word Transformations worksheet.
  • Use interactive whiteboard software or quizlet for students to match words that have similar roots.
  • Ask students to create charts, flowcharts, or visuals that represent the different meaning of similar words that do and don’t have suffixes.
(10 minutes)
  • Give students several words that can be changed using a suffix.
  • Ask students to write the related words and to use all of the words in sentences.
  • Circulate around the room to check that students understand how to use suffixes and how the changes in word structure affect the meaning of the words.
(5 minutes)
  • Lead the class in a group discussion.
  • Challenge the students: How can they differentiate between similar words and how the words are used? What makes certain words a noun, adjective, verb, or adverb?

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