Reading Rockets Reading Rockets Home Contact Us A service of WETA
First Year Teacher Program


Home

Welcome

Teacher Toolbox

Modules

 1.  Print awareness
 2.  The sounds of speech
 3.  Phonemic awareness
 4.  Phonics
 5.  Informal classroom-based assessment
 6.  Fluency
 7.  Vocabulary
 8.  Spelling
 9.  Writing
 10.  Text comprehension
Resources

Diary of a First Year Teacher

Module 7  –  Vocabulary

  |   Pre-test  |  Intro  |  In depth  |  In practice  |  Assignments  |  Post-test  |  

Assignments

Affix Chart

Over a course of two days introduce prefixes and suffixes to your students. On day one, discuss prefixes. Create a chart listing prefixes and their definitions. On the second day, introduce suffixes. Following the discussion, chart suffixes and list their definitions. Compare the difference between prefixes and suffixes. Below is a sample chart to help guide your discussions.

Prefix

Definition

Example

bi-

two

bicycle

dis-

not/apart from

dishonest

mis-

wrong

misspell

pre-

before

preheat

re-

back, again

refund

sub-

under

submarine

un-

not

unsafe

Suffix

Definition

Example

-able

can be,
worthy of

lovable

-ish

character of,
somewhat

selfish

-ist

person who

typist

-ful

full of

beautiful

-ness

state of,
quality of

kindness

-or / -er

person who,
thing which

presenter

-some

like,
tending to be

awesome

Vocab Boost

Before reading a book aloud to your class, introduce at least one new vocabulary word from the story. Discuss what the word means and ask your students to give you a 'thumbs up' when they hear the vocabulary word in the story.

After you've read the story, discuss the meaning of the vocabulary word again. This time, choose a student to define the word. Ask students to use the word in a sentence and identify a synonym or antonym. Create a chart, listing all vocabulary words introduced throughout the year.

First Year Teacher was a pilot project of Reading Rockets, which is service of WETA, Washington D.C.'s flagship public television station. Funding for First Year Teacher was provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs; The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and The Overbrook Foundation.

© 2004 WETA