The Affix Garden

Students manipulate shapes (flower=prefix, stem=root word, suffix=leaf) to learn about affixes and create words.


L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.


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Activity steps

  1. “The Affix Garden” is the second activity described by Susan Vernor in opens in a new window “Cut It, Grow It, Build It, Roll It: 4 Fantastic Hands On Activities For Teaching Prefixes And Suffixes” on the Busy Teacher website: opens in a new window Read the activity description in the online article and follow the steps to have students create “flowers” using paper shapes (flower=prefix, stem=root word, suffix=leaf). You will probably want to prepare the shapes before class; alternately, students can cut their own shapes. Encourage students to use a dictionary if they need help thinking up words, providing guidance as needed.
  2. Have students exchange their flower parts and practice putting together the words created by their partner.
  3. Extension: Have students identify words with prefixes or suffixes from their reading and add them to the “garden.”

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