This language lesson is designed for 3 to 6-year-old children. It guides the child to understand the meaning of suffixes and form new words by adding a suffix to a word.

What is a Suffix?

A Suffix is a letter or group of letters added to a word at the end. Adding a suffix changes the meaning of the base word and forms a new word. The purpose of adding a suffix is to show what class of word it is (For example, noun or adjective).

This video lesson is a follow-up activity of suffix lesson 1. It guides the child to form new meaningful words by adding suffixes such as ( er, ed, ly, ing, and ist) to the base words.

Examples of Suffixes

Some more common suffixes with examples are:

Noun Suffixes

  • age: vintage, village, postage
  • al: revival, arrival
  • dom: boredom, freedom, kingdom
  • ee: employee, payee
  • er/or: diver, driver, director
  • hood: brotherhood, childhood
  • ism: capitalism, Marxism,
  • ist: capitalist, socialist
  • ment: disappointment, parliament
  • ness: happiness, kindness
  • ship: friendship, membership

Adjective Suffixes

  • able/-ible: drinkable, flexible
  • ed: bored, appointed
  • al: brutal, postal
  • en: broken, wooden
  • ful: grateful, helpful
  • ic: Heroic, classic
  • ish: English, Spanish
  • ive: active, passive
  • less: homeless, hopeless
  • ly: rarely, actively
  • ous: famous, nervous
  • y: cloudy, rainy, windy

Verb Suffixes

en: harden, shorten

ify: clarify, identify

Adverb Suffixes

  • ly: calmly, easily, quickly

Watch the video to know more about suffixes and how they help to form a new word. Encourage the child to practice this concept with different English words and help them improve their vocabulary.

Related Video Lessons:

  1. Suffixes: Lesson 1
  2. Prefix Un, Mis
  3. Prefix Im 
  4. Prefix Re and In

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Video Created by: Sharmeen Niazi (Archgate Montessori Academy, Plano, TX)

Elementary | Language | Suffixes: The Key Experience (English)

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