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Word Study List - Suffixes

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 1 - 2

Introduce and explore common suffixes with this extensive list of words.

What is a Suffix? Let’s Find Out!

A suffix is a group of letters that can be placed at the end of a root word to change its meaning. Some common suffixes include -er (meaning “performing an action”), -ed (indicates past tense) and -ful (meaning “characterized by”).    

Suffix Examples Included on Word List

This list of 50 words containing suffixes has been compiled to assist you in implementing your phonics program in your classroom. It includes words that end with the following prefixes:

  • -s (as in pens)
  • -es (as in boxes)
  • -ing (as in helping)
  • -ed (as in jumped)
  • -er (as in bigger)
  • -ful (as in painful)

Multiple Applications for This Suffixes List

This list of words containing suffixes can be used in numerous ways to support the diverse needs of your learners during your literacy sessions. Here are some of our suggestions:

Research the Suffix Meanings and Origins

Many words in English come from Greek and Latin roots (hence the term “root word”). Project the word list onto your interactive whiteboard, and choose some words to explore in greater detail. For instance, the word  “teach” comes from an old English word meaning to “show or point out”. Coupled with the suffix -er (meaning “performing an action”), the word literally means “the act of showing”. Exploring the meetings of root words and the suffixes attached to them is a highly effective way of deepening students’ understanding of our language and how it works. Why not assign particular list words to the students, have them research the etymology of the words, then report back to the rest of the class?  

Common Suffix Practice

Send the lists home so your students can revise decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) the words on the list. Be sure to include only words containing letter-sound correspondences you have already addressed in class.

Examples of Suffixes Challenge

Choose a root word from the list without the suffix, e.g. teach. Challenge the students to make as many new words as they can by adding suffixes to the root word, e.g. teaches, teaching, teacher. Play in groups to see which group can come up with the most new words!

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