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Prefix Definitions

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Grammar lessons become captivating and enjoyable when students dive into the fascinating world of prefixes. For Year 3 and 4 students learning about prefixes, we have designed an engaging and educational worksheet called 'Prefix Definitions.' This free downloadable worksheet aims to make the learning process exciting and interactive, helping students grasp the concept of prefixes effectively. With three different pages, this versatile worksheet provides ample opportunities for students to strengthen their understanding of prefixes and teachers to have a helpful reference for their lessons.

Understanding Prefixes

Before we explore the 'Prefix Definitions' worksheet, let's quickly review what prefixes are. A prefix is a group of letters added to the beginning

of a base word to change its meaning. For example, in the word "unhappy," the base word is "happy," and the prefix "un-" changes it into the opposite meaning, creating "unhappy."

How to Use 'Prefix Definitions' Worksheet:

  1. Download and Print: Click on the link provided at the bottom of this page to download the 'Prefix Definitions' worksheet. Print out the three pages to get started.

  2. Page 1: On the first page, students will find a table and a list of seven prefixes such as "un-," "re-," "dis-," and more. In the table, students need to fill in the definitions, examples, and sentences for each prefix.

  3. Page 2: The second page has the same table as page one, but some parts are already filled in. Students will have to fill in the remaining blank spaces to complete the definitions, examples, and sentences.

  4. Page 3: The last page presents the fully completed table. Teachers can use this page as an answer key or provide it to students as a reference to check their answers or to assist them when they are working on their own.


Different Ways to Utilise the Worksheet:

  1. Interactive Learning: Use the first page to engage students in an interactive activity. Encourage them to brainstorm and come up with their own definitions, examples, and sentences for each prefix.

  2. Gradual Learning: Begin with the second page, which has some parts pre-filled. This helps students ease into the topic and builds their confidence before tackling the completely blank table.

  3. Teacher's Resource: The third page serves as a valuable resource for teachers to have a quick reference to the correct answers. It ensures accurate guidance during classroom discussions and activities.

  4. Independent Practice: After completing the first two pages with the teacher's guidance, students can attempt the table on their own or in pairs, reinforcing their knowledge of prefixes.


The 'Prefix Definitions' worksheet is a fantastic resource for Year 3 and 4 students to unravel the magic of prefixes in grammar. With its three pages offering different levels of engagement, students can progressively build their understanding of prefixes. Teachers can benefit from having the completed table as a reference to assist students and foster meaningful classroom discussions. So, what are you waiting for? Click the link below, download the worksheet, and embark on a captivating journey into the world of prefixes!

Happy learning!

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