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Curriculum content descriptions

Know how to use common prefixes and suffixes, and generalisations for adding a suffix to a base word (ACELA1827)

Elaborations
  • exploring generalisations for adding a suffix to a base word to form a plural or past tense, for example to make a word plural when it ends in ‘ss’, ‘sh’, ‘ch’ or ‘z’, add ‘es’
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
ScOT terms

Affixes

Interactive Resource

BBC Skillswise: wordsearch '-tion' - activity

This is a wordsearch about the common letter pattern 'tion'. Students search a grid of letters to find 13 examples of words containing or ending with the 'tion' letter pattern, written horizontally, vertically or diagonally on the grid. Students can choose to play the game against the clock. A 'How to play' screen provides ...

Interactive Resource

Words ending in '-ear'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of nine words exemplifying the spelling of '-ear' at the end of a one-syllable word. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. The ...

Teacher resource

Teaching AC English

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers containing video vignettes and supporting text that demonstrate differentiation and explicit teaching of the Australian Curriculum: English in the areas of reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar across a range of classrooms from Foundation to year 10. The vignettes ...

Teacher resource

Spelling - sorting words

This is a resource for instructional leaders and teachers that contains a video vignette and supporting text illustrating the use of explicit teaching in year 3, year 7 and year 8 English classes to build spelling knowledge across the years of schooling. The video shows the three class teachers engaging in professional ...

Interactive Resource

Adding '-ly' to words ending in '-eful'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten words illustrating how the spelling of a base word ending in '-eful' does not change when the additional suffix '-ly' is added. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter ...

Interactive Resource

Changing 'y' to 'i' before adding '-er' - list 2

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of eight words illustrating how the spelling of base words containing the 'ea-consonant-y' pattern changes when the suffix '-er' is added. The 'y' changes to 'i'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in ...

Interactive Resource

Words ending in '-ous' - list 1

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten words exemplifying the spelling of the inflection '-ous'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. The 'Flash Cards' button ...

Interactive Resource

Words ending in unstressed '-or'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of nine words that exemplifies using '-or' rather than '-a' as a word-ending on two-syllable words. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in ...

Interactive Resource

Adding '-ly' to words with the 'o-e' diphthong

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of four words exemplifying adding the suffix '-ly' to a one-syllable word with the 'o-e' diphthong. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in ...

Interactive Resource

Adding the suffix '-ty'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of four words exemplifying adding the suffix '-ty' to a one-syllable word. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, and hear its use in a sentence. The 'Flash ...

Interactive Resource

Changing 'y' to 'i' before adding '-er' - list 1

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten words exemplifying changing the 'y' of the base word to 'i' before adding '-er' to create a comparative form such as 'fluffy' and 'fluffier'. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and ...

Interactive Resource

Adding '-ly' to one-syllable words

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten words exemplifying the addition of the suffix '-ly' to a single-syllable word, requiring no change to the base word. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, ...

Interactive Resource

Adding '-ly' to words ending in '-y'

This is an interactive spelling and vocabulary list of ten words exemplifying adding the suffix '-ly' to words ending in '-y', requiring a 'y'-to-'i' change to the base word. All the words are supported by learning activities. Mouseover allows the user to hear and see each word in the list and its spelling letter by letter, ...