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Johanna
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Literature, English Language Arts, Society and Culture
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Upper Elementary, Middle School
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    Pokemon and Prefixes

    Pokemon and Prefixes

    Overview

    This is a lesson plan created by Johanna Durham for use in a virtual 7/8 grade classroom on prefixes and suffixes. This lesson draws connections between affixes and roots and how Pokemon names work. This lesson will help students gain a better understanding of different parts of a word.

    Image Credit: Mikel on Unsplash - https://unsplash.com/photos/DypO_XgAE4Y 

    Summary

    This lesson draws connections between affixes and roots and how Pokemon names work. This lesson will help students gain a better understanding of different parts of a word.

    • Time frame -  30 minutes
    • Format  - synchronous, asynchronous, face-to-face, or virtual
    • Created by Johanna Durham for use at Granite Online for 7-8 grade

    Background for Teachers

    • To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of prefixes, roots, and affixes.
    • Before teaching this lesson, you will need basic knowledge about Pokemon and their names. Otherwise, your students will see that you know nothing and they won't ask questions/be engaged. 

     

    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

     

     

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to use prefixes, suffixes, and roots to figure out the meaning of a word.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will answer questions throughout the Nearpod about prefixes and suffixes, as well as take a quiz later in the week on prefixes and suffixes. (L 7.4b)

     

    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

     

    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students may want to have an understanding of Pokemon.
    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of compound words. 

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    If you know that most of your students don't know or care about Pokemon, you can try this Nearpod that is the same concept with dinosaurs: Dinosaur Nearpod 

    This lesson is based in Nearpod, but you may also change it to create a handout or worksheet. 

    Step 3 - Instruction

     

    Have students open up the Nearpod.

    There will be questions throughout the Nearpod lesson. Guide students through while giving them chances to talk to partners/other classmates about which Pokemon are which, or about what different prefixes mean. Give students time to try and figure out the meaning of different names on their own. 

    Antidisestablishmentarianism is a fun word that middle schoolers love to stump their friends with. As you help them puzzle out what the word actually means, relate the parts of the word to other words that they may already know (Ex. Anti-social, dis-appear, etc).

    There are references to a personal dictionary. This is where the students can put notes about new concepts or ideas we talk about. Give students time to record Pokemon or common prefixes/suffixes in a notebook, or on another piece of paper. 

    - Here is a link to additional practice for prefixes and suffixes.

    Step 4 - Assessments

     

    This is the start of a quiz to assess this standard. Feel free to edit/ add to it as you see fit. 

     

    Standard 4321
    L4b - Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., belligerent, bellicose, rebel).

    I can use prefixes, suffixes, and roots to figure out the meaning of a word every time.

    I can use prefixes, suffixes, and roots to figure out the meaning of a word at least 3 timesI can use prefixes, suffixes, and roots to figure out the meaning of a word at least 2 times

    I can use prefixes, suffixes, and roots to figure out the meaning of a word at least 1 time

     

    Question 1

    Match these prefixes and suffixes to their meaning:

    tri

    un

    re

    micro

    ial

    extra

    er

    ous

    ism

    tion

    ble

    ir

    Meanings:

    Not (prefix)

    beyond (prefix)

    a kind of (suffix)

    action of (suffix)

    not (prefix)

    three (prefix)

    do it again (prefix)

    tendency or ability (suffix)

    more than (suffix)

    tiny (prefix)

    act/practice (suffix)

    full of (suffix)

    Question 2

    Based on your answers from the first question, what do you think the word the word "triangulation" means?

    more than three angles

    the action of using tiny angles

    the action of using three angles 

    more than no angles

     

    Question 3

    Based on your answers above, what do you think the word "extraterrestrial" means?

     

     

    Question 4

    What do you think the word "irresponsible" means?

     

     

    Question 5

    What do you think "mountainous" means?