- Put a list of words on display
- Ask the learner to generate the rules that relate to them. (Great for groups)
~For the exceptions you can create a bonus award, search for these in the literature you are reading.
What is the rule for these words?
- Trot - trotting
- Stop - stopping
- Hum - humming
- Wrap - wrappingDouble the final consonant after a vowel sound and add 'ing'
Also try these:
- Change - Changing
- Challenge - Challenging
- Frame - Framing
- Name - NamingRemove the 'e' add 'ing'Lie - Lying. What is different about the rule here?
Extension: Guess the word [meaning]
Now you have the learners engaged you can extend this activity by displaying a series of words with the same prefix/suffix. Then asking the learner to:
- Guess what a selection of prefixes mean
- Look for those prefixes/suffixes in the literature you're reading.
'Preemptive' 'predisposed' 'predetermined' 'prepared'
What do you think the prefix 'pre-' means?
Download: Prefixes and Suffixeshttps://edchat.net/resources/list-of-prefixes-and-suffixes.294/
Guess the word rules (spelling)
This activity will help the learner spell words by thinking about rules and conventions in a fun way. While you can use rules to help establish prefix and suffixes you must remember that there are exceptions. This activity works best if you allow the learner to discover the rule rather than tell them. See the attached resource for a list of prefixes and suffixes.