Suffixes Introduction

Lesson Summary:

The lesson introduces the children to the more common suffixes used in the English language.  The reading may be used as a resource for the teacher and the children should be encouraged to offer additional examples.   Activity A requires them to change the given word by adding a suffix while in Activity B they are asked to provide the original word to which the suffix was affixed.


  • The children will recognize and be able to use the more common suffixes effectively.
  • The children will be able to identify the root word to which the suffix was added.

Subject Area:

Language Arts

Lesson Excerpt:

The word suffix comes from the Latin for sub (under) and figere (to fix or fasten), so a suffix is a letter or group of letters which are fixed to the end of a word to change its meaning.  The opposite of suffix is prefix – letters fixed to the beginning of a word.

A suffix often changes the part of speech of the word.  For example, the suffix -ly added to the adjective ‘quick’ turns it into an adverb: ‘quickly’. Let’s look at some other examples of suffixes:

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