Sample Lesson -Suffix-s

The student(s) are introduced
 to the consonant suffix:


Student(s) are also introduced to the terms:

NOUN: A word for a person, place or thing.

VERB: An action, doing or being word.

SUFFIX: A letter or a group of letters added to the end of a base word, it changes the meaning slightly.

For Playberry© students, this is a big teaching point with lots to learn. It is best broken up over a few lessons. Playberry© students also use their Rules for Adding Suffixes Chart for the first time at this teaching point for when they add suffix ‘s’ to their chart.


a. Introduce the Word Cracker and write a noun to structure (for Playberry© students)’ e.g. ‘tin’ in the middle section.

b. Place down the suffix magnet tile and ask the student(s) to read the new word.

c. Ask “What does it mean when we add a letter ‘s’ to the word ‘tin’?”

d. Hopefully the student or students will be able to identify that the letter ‘s’ makes the word more than one.

e. Explain the word plural and how it means more than one.

f. Repeat this using other to structure (for Playberry© students) nouns and ask them to the read the new words with the suffix ‘s’, noticing how they now mean more than one.

g. Once the student(s) have the understanding that the letter ‘s’ can sometimes make a thing plural, introduce the concept of a noun.

h. Introduce the term suffix as a letter or a group of letters that are added to the ends of words and that suffixes change the meaning of a word slightly or, change the way we use the word.


a. Write down an in-structure verb, e.g. ‘hit’.
b. Place down the suffix S and ask the student or students to read the word.

Ask the student or students to say that word in a sentence, e.g. The man hits the ball.

d. Ask them if the word hit is a noun being made plural in this sentence. You might ask, “Are we talking about the man hitting the ball more than once or does this mean something different?”

e. They can hopefully identify that the man is not hitting the ball more than once, but rather, the word ‘hit’ is an action word.

f. Introduce the concept of a verb as an action, doing or being word.

g. Discuss how the suffix ‘s’ is sometimes needed to help a verb make sense in a sentence: I hit the ball, but he hits the ball.

h. Repeat the exercise with other in structure verbs and use them orally in sentences.

Summary: The student(s) will be able to verbalise that suffix ‘s’ is used with nouns and verbs.

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