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Inflectional Suffixes


Now that you know a little more about inflectional suffixes, check out this word sort related to the words in All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman.  You can invite students to complete this closed sort activity, looking at what happens when /s/ is added to words.  To model and manipulate, cut out the words and have students use the “noun” and “plural noun” headings to sort. 


Students should ask the following questions:

  • Do I form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/?

(Taberski & Burke, 2017)

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Beginner-Have the students cut and sort the nouns/plural nouns from All Are Welcome.  Students can sort and glue their words according to the two categories.  The teacher will confer with the students one on one to have the students orally read the sorted words while pointing to the corresponding picture.      


Intermediate-Provide the students with whiteboards.  Draw the sorted cards from the All Are Welcome word sort without showing the cards to the students.  Dictate the word and have the students repeat the word for pronunciation.  Students should write the word on their dry erase boards, hide their answers, and show their answers when prompted by the teacher (WRITE-HIDE-SHOW).

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