Which suffix(es) should I teach?

September 8, 2010 at 5:49 PM Leave a comment

by: Jennifer Perez

The school year is underway, and many of us teachers have had an opportunity to dig into our state’s standards.   Why do we do this?  We do this to determine what our students need to learn this year and then we plan accordingly.   One such item on the Grade 3 Florida Reading/Language Arts Standards are Suffixes.

Benchmark Number ~ LA.3.1.4.1

Benchmark Description ~ The student will use knowledge of the pronunciation of root words and other morphemes (e.g., prefixes, suffixes, derivational endings) to decode words.

What is a suffix exactly?

According to The University of Alabama, “A group of letters with a special meaning appearing at the end of a word is called a suffix.”

Where do I go from here?

Great question!  This is where/when your State Standards come into the picture.  Before planning, it would be a wonderful idea to take a look at your State Standards and see if there are specific ones listed.  In Florida’s case, there are no suffixes listed.  However, I did attend a training over the summer where a Professional Development book was provided.  In this book, it was stated that the following suffixes would be the most beneficial for children in Grades 3-6.  The suffixes are:

  1. ER
  2. EST
  3. FUL
  4. LESS
  5. ABLE
  6. IBLE

Since this information was provided to me at a District Training, I am going to begin with these six suffixes.  From here, I will determine the rest based on my student’s needs.

How Mrs. Perez will teach and use prefixes:

During Morning Work once per week

Guided Reading

Center activities weekly

Homework Assignments

Writing Assignments

Journaling/Reflective writing!

Happy Learning!

© Jennifer Perez 9/6/10

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