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Friday, March 16, 2012

Prefixes, Suffixes, & Root Words, OH MY!

Well peeps.... I was picked up out of  "student-land" today and dropped into "teacher-ville." Translation, my grad classes are now requiring lesson plans from me. No more cute papers or charts or PowerPoints... well I still have to do those now I just have to have lesson plans, materials, and printables. WOO HOO! Bring on the fun!

So today, I was working on a review for Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root/Base Words in prep for standardized testing. I had so much fun! It is so chaotic but in a nice organized fashion.

First up... I won the giveaway from Hello Mrs. Sykes - Resources for Teachers! Yes... I won two giveaways in one week! I am so excited!!

I was able to pick out four items from her store and received a few other packages of amazing items. However, I was able to use this today:

You all need to head over to her TpT or TN to purchase this amazing pack of games. I had my kids play with them first to "test them out" and they were in love! 

Prior to this I gave them come cards that I made up and had them try to solve the "mystery of the missing rule." I gave them cards and told them I forgot how they went together or why. There job is to discover it. While they are wondering the room to solve the mystery and pair up, I suddenly remember! If they can't figure it out, we will play a game of hangman. 

I am all about the games today!

Reading Resources is a new site that I discovered today with so many, many amazing ideas! I was so excited when I discovered this.  Perhaps my favorite thing about it is that it is FREE! Just click and print and implement.

I love this idea for a checker game from Reading Resource! I can't wait to make this board. They also have really cute bulletin board ideas to go with all the subjects you are teaching!

So I have kept (I think) my "crazy music-loving I need to move" -ness a secret until now. Looky at what I found!!

I totally love this song/rap! The chorus gets stuck in your head and it will help the kids remember. If I break the song down into verses to teach with the initial lessons into this subject my kids will be rapping during the test. I already have my seven year old singing "words are power and that's the truth!" Hubby is not so thrilled and is now answering "word" to everything you ask him.

Son: Good night, Daddy! I love you!
Hubby: Word
Me: Do you need anything before I go
get some work done?
Hubby: Word


I want to make a bulletin board called "Words are Power" and use is as my language arts focus board but that will have to be for another day.

My iPad was starting to feel a little left out of the fun today so I had to go see what I could find. McGraw-Hill has a free vocabulary building game called BLUSTER! You get to choose number of players (single, team, or versus). After choosing a grade level you can choose a game to play (there are three options per level).

Grade 2:  Rhyming Words, Prefixes, or Synonyms
Grade 3:  Prefixes and Suffixes, Homophones,
or Word Roots
Grade 4:  Rhyming Words, Prefixes and Suffixes,
or Adjectives

The game is pretty basic. It does not tell you what the prefixes or suffixes mean but it gives the student a chance to learn to identify the different parts of the word and match them up. It is timed so you have to be fast at recognizing. It will be good for building fluency.

Also on my iPad is Brain Pop! You will need a subscription to access Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes.

These cute guys are a freebie over at Differentiation Station! They were so cute that I could not leave them out of this post but have yet to figure out a way to incorporate them. The students have to feed flies to the frogs with the matching prefixes. LOVE IT!

So there you have it. Lots and lots of prefix and suffix fun! ENJOY!

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At March 16, 2012 at 5:19 AM , Blogger Jen Sykes (Hello Mrs. Sykes) said...

Thanks for the shout out! I'm glad the prefix/suffix pack is as helpful to your class as it has been to mine over the years.

Hello Mrs Sykes

At March 16, 2012 at 7:28 AM , Blogger KRISTA said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the IPAD app suggestion. I am always looking for some new apps to add to my classroom Ipad. Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas. I am a follower.



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