Use What You Have Ways of Building Vocabulary with Suffixes In Speech Therapy

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Did you know that you can use what you have to build vocabulary?

I bet you have lots of tools for helping students to build vocabulary in your speech room already! Check out this post to learn how to use what you have when it comes to building vocabulary.

 

If you don’t know me by now, I just love using items found around my therapy room to make quick and interactive therapy activities. I also love targeting those tricky skills! I love seeing my students have those ah-ha moments!  (Disclaimer: this post contains Amazon affiliate links).

 

What are some common items you might find that can help ya in a pinch?

  • Paper
  • Index cards
  • Sticky notes
  • File folders
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Paper plates
  • Paper clips
  • And so much more!

 

Why work on suffixes?

I like to teach my students strategies so they can be successful and compensate for their weak vocabulary. I want them to be successful when I am not around and to be able to figure things out for themselves. Some strategies I like to work on are using context clues, prefixes, suffixes, and root words. For this blog post, I am going to focus on suffixes.

What are some common suffixes I might teach my students to become familiar with and their meanings?

  • -less
  • -able
  • -ment
  • -ful
  • -ious
  • -y
  • -al

 

It is important to introduce, review, and practice showing them the suffixes in words in texts, isolation, and hearing them.

 

Are you ready to see some low prep ways you can practice or even just introduce by having them try and figure out the meanings themselves and be so proud of themselves?!

 

You can use PAPER!

I bet you have lots of tools for helping students to build vocabulary in your speech room already! Check out this post to learn how to use what you have when it comes to building vocabulary.

Here you can see I just made a quick foldable by folding the paper in half, stapling on the side, and cutting up strips of paper for sorting into the folded paper. Students can try and guess which root word would go into which side with the suffix. Can they guess how the meanings change?

 

You can use PAPER PLATES!

I bet you have lots of tools for helping students to build vocabulary in your speech room already! Check out this post to learn how to use what you have when it comes to building vocabulary.

Just like with the paper, you can make quick sorting activities and students can try to figure out which root goes with which suffix.   What do all of the words have in common on one plate? What do they all mean? Can they think of more words that can go there?

 

You can even use dry erase DICE or DIY dice!

I bet you have lots of tools for helping students to build vocabulary in your speech room already! Check out this post to learn how to use what you have when it comes to building vocabulary.

You can take dry erase dice or make dice out of paper. One dice can have suffixes and the other can have root words. Students can roll the dice to see if the root and suffix match and go together and express why or why not using their meanings. Each time they roll an actual match they can get a point! Make it a game and fun!

I found these dice on Amazon (I know many have found similar at Dollar Tree).  You can check them out by using the link below!


As you can see, you can use ANYTHING to work on suffixes in speech. It doesn’t have to require crazy prep. You can use the words I have shown in the images above! Don’t want to use what you have? I have an Introduction to Suffixes pack in my TpT store which you can check out by clicking HERE!

 

Want a fun DIY way to work on prefixes? CLICK HERE to check out my blog post all about it!