Spelling - SuffixesDate: March 28-April 1 __________________
19. worthless20. forceful
Ø Each of these spelling words has a suffix. A suffix is a word part that is added to the end of a word. The two suffixes in this unit are –ful and –less. You can add these suffixes to many different nouns to form adjectives.
grace + ful = graceful
fear + ful = fearful
Ø The suffixes –ful and –less have opposite meanings. The meaning of –ful is “full of”. The meaning of –less is “without”. When you add the two suffixes to the same word, you make a pair of antonyms, or words that have opposite meanings. Grateful and graceless are antonyms. Can you name the antonyms for hopeless and fearful?
Spelling – Noun SuffixesDate: April 4-8 __________________
Ø These spelling words have three different suffixes. –ion, -ness, -and –ment. You can add these suffixes to words to form nouns.
suggest + ion = suggestion
dark + ness = darkness
agree + ment = agreement
Ø The spelling word changes when you add –ion, and –ness to some words.
· Sometimes you must drop the letter e.
educate + ion = education
· Sometimes you must change y to i.
tardy + ness = tardiness
· In addition, you add –ition.
add + ition = addition
Spelling – Word FamiliesDate: April 11-15 __________________
Ø Each of the Spelling words belongs to one of six different word families. A word family is a group of words that has the same base word.
Ø Look at the words below. Name the base word of each word. Name the prefix or suffix that has been added to each base word. Then find the other Spelling words that have the same base word.
careful leader entrance
discount movable handy
Spelling – Syllable PatternsDate: April 26-29 __________________
Ø Each syllable has one vowel sound. Most of the Spelling words have two syllables.
Ø Some of the Spelling words have two consonant letters between two vowel letters. You divide these words into syllables between two consonants.
Ø The rest of the Spelling words end with a consonant letter before le. You divide these words before the consonant.
Spelling – Three Syllable WordsDate: May 2-6 __________________
Each of the Spelling words has three syllables. Each syllable has one vowel sound. Say elephant, and listen for three syllables: el e phant. When you say a word, pronounce each syllable carefully. Make sure that you say each vowel sound. This will help you spell the word correctly. You can hear the syllables more clearly in some words than in others. Say these words to yourself. Do you say all three syllables? When you spell these words, be sure to write each syllable.