Word Parts

Understanding the meanings and purpose of the parts that make up a word can help students understand a new vocabulary word. Knowledge about word parts can also help students understand words they have never encountered before because they can apply their knowledge of the word parts from words they know while reading new words. A word parts graphic organizer helps students think about word parts by guiding them through the process of breaking down the words. Students write the word in the center of the chart. Directions for each box tell the student what to do. They write the root word, add or remove a prefix and a suffix, and write a word that uses the same root. By the time students are finished separating the word parts, they’ll know a lot more about the word they’re studying and other related words. The word parts graphic organizer helps students build their vocabularies and their understanding of words.