Not sure what base words and suffixes are? Read this first:
Suffixes are clusters of letters that give words extra meaning. The suffix “-s”, for instance, implies plurality, while “-ing” can be used for the continuous or present participle tense.
A base word, on the other hand, is a word that can stand on its own after being stripped of all its suffixes.
Learning the basics of affixes is key to helping weaker students make sense of words. This fun little exercise allows students to practise their colouring skills while teaching them to separate suffixes from their base words.
Have your child use two different colour pencils to separate the base words from the suffixes. For instance, blue can be used to colour the base words, while red can be used for the suffixes.