Pokemon and Prefixes
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.
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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
- Students will be able to use prefixes, suffixes, and roots to figure out the meaning of a word.
- 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.
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.
|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 times||I 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
Match these prefixes and suffixes to their meaning:
a kind of (suffix)
action of (suffix)
do it again (prefix)
tendency or ability (suffix)
more than (suffix)
full of (suffix)
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
Based on your answers above, what do you think the word "extraterrestrial" means?
What do you think the word "irresponsible" means?
What do you think "mountainous" means?