I'm helping my nine year old son learn to use root words, prefixes, and suffixes to help him understand the meanings of some words he skips over while reading. I learned a new reading term in the process. The new term I learned is morphological awareness. Morphological awareness is the ability to understand and correctly use small words, letters, and letter combinations that change the meaning of a word. I know about and have written about an important pre-reading skill called phonological awareness. The research I've been doing lately is showing me the importance of teaching morphological awareness to my son. Check out this post from Frankly Freddy to learn more. http://www.textproject.org/franklyfreddy/morphological-awareness
I made a copy of an alphabetical list of root words, prefixes, and suffixes. We keep it handy and refer to it when determining the meanings of some unknown words my son finds while reading. http://www.betterendings.org/homeschool/Words/Root%20Words.htm
Here's a list of online games and quizes we are trying.
Jelly Fish Game
Root Word Quiz
First School Years: Prefixes and Suffixes
Prefixes Make New Words
There are some books and workbooks available from Amazon I'm checking out.
Dictionary Of Word Roots
Red Hot Root Words, Book 1 (Red Hot Root Words)
Words on the Vine: 36 Vocabulary Units on Root Words
The Least You Should Know about Vocabulary Building: Word Roots
Making Words by Patrica M. Cunningham
Please add any resources to teach morphological awareness in a comment. I'm always ready to learn more.
Have you thought about using magnetic letters to separate word parts and replace parts to make new words? You can teach a child many things about reading with magnetic letters.
Here's a picture and a post of a word broken up by syllables to teach reading a word with phonics rules. You could easily break up words to teach root words, prefixes, and suffixes with magnetic letters.
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