Prefixes and Suffixes Games

Prefixes and suffixes can be tricky and challenging for students. But they shouldn't be! Use these fun puzzles for at least 4 weeks (or every time your kids ask for them!). Students will play with prefixes/suffixes, their meanings, and word examples.

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Number of pages: 69
Common Core Standards addressed: L.3.4b, L.3.2e, RF.3.3a
Grade Levels: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Adult Education, Homeschool

Prefixes and suffixes can be tricky and challenging for students. But they shouldn't be! Use these fun puzzles for at least 4 weeks (or every time your kids ask for them!). Students will play with prefixes/suffixes, their meanings, and word examples.


Use the puzzles every week for the whole month.

The order that I used with my students and which worked for them is given inside the file. You can always choose your order and the pages you need to practice!

Prefixes and suffixes can be tricky and challenging for students. But they shouldn't be! Use these fun puzzles for at least 4 weeks (or every time your kids ask for them!). Students will play with prefixes/suffixes, their meanings, and word examples.

What prefixes are practiced:

  • re (rewrite, reheat, reuse, reread, relearn, resend, rewatch, recook);
  • pre (preview, prepaid, preheat, prehistoric, preschool, precook, preorder, prefix);
  • un (unlucky, unhappy, unfair, unusual, unlock, unkind, unfasten, unbelievable);
  • over (overview, overdue, overflow, overcharge, overreact, overthink, overpaid, overwork);
  • mid (midwinter, midway, midsummer, midfielder);
  • dis (distrust, dislike, disagree, disappear);
  • im (impolite, impossible, improper, immortal);
  • in (inactive, insensitive, incomplete, invisible);
  • mis (miscount, mislead, misbehave, misplace);
  • en (enable, enclose, encode, engulf);
  • ex (exhale, exchange, ex-president, ex-boyfriend);
  • pro (promote, prolong, proclaim, proactive);
  • sub (subnormal, submerge, submarine, subtitle);
  • super (supernatural, supermarket, superfood, superstar).

What suffixes are practiced:

  • er (painter, baker, writer, singer, cleaner, farmer, speaker, worker);
  • ful (cheerful, harmful, peaceful, successful, colorful, graceful, careful, beautiful);
  • less (shoeless, careless, fearless, hopeless, homeless, friendless, tireless, endless);
  • ness (darkness, softness, politeness, gentleness, sadness, greatness, kindness, wilderness);
  • able (breakable, profitable, comfortable, likable, laughable, preventable, portable, adorable);
  • ize (realize, initialize, materialize, modernize, capitalize, specialize, computerize, organize);
  • ship (friendship, ownership, leadership, authorship, membership, citizenship, partnership, spaceship);
  • ity (mobility, electricity, reality, elasticity, flexibility, oddity, activity, responsibility);
  • y (sleepy, bumpy, thirsty, messy);
  • ly (softly, slowly, madly, happily);
  • ous (humorous, marvelous, glorious, adventurous);
  • ish (pinkish, childish, boyish, foolish);
  • en (waxen, silken, wooden, golden);
  • al (critical, comical, mechanical, criminal);
  • ion (confession, edition, impression, invasion);
  • hood (sisterhood, brotherhood, neighborhood, adulthood);
  • ify (intensify, beautify, justify, simplify);
  • ic (allergic, historic, poetic, linguistic).
Prefixes and suffixes can be tricky and challenging for students. But they shouldn't be! Use these fun puzzles for at least 4 weeks (or every time your kids ask for them!). Students will play with prefixes/suffixes, their meanings, and word examples. Prefixes and suffixes can be tricky and challenging for students. But they shouldn't be! Use these fun puzzles for at least 4 weeks (or every time your kids ask for them!). Students will play with prefixes/suffixes, their meanings, and word examples. Prefixes and suffixes can be tricky and challenging for students. But they shouldn't be! Use these fun puzzles for at least 4 weeks (or every time your kids ask for them!). Students will play with prefixes/suffixes, their meanings, and word examples.

All the pages are in black and white. You can print the cards on Astrobrights and laminate to use over and over.

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