Prefixes, Suffixes, and Idioms for Elementary Students

Prefixes are letters or groups of letters that are added to the beginning of a word. They often have a meaning all their own and can be either negative or positive.

One example of a prefix is “dis,” which usually means the opposite of something. For example, “disinterested” means not interested in anything.

Another prefix is “pre,” which generally has a meaning of being in front of something else. “Precious” means valuable because it’s in front of you (e.g., precious moments).

This English lesson video is all about prefixes. If you are learning English or teaching English grammar this fun English language learning prefix video is a great starting point. Whether you are teaching English online or in the classroom, make this funny prefixes video a part of your English lesson plan!

This video also covers prefixes.  It is a bit more serious and not as silly and goofy as the monsters in the previous.  Use this in with the other videos or as a stand alone.  Either way, it makes a great addition to your prefix lesson plan.

What are Suffixes? Suffixes are letters, syllables, or words that are added to the end of a base word. They can change the meaning of words and add new inflections to them. For example, in the word “run,” -ing is a suffix because it indicates that the person is currently running. Learn about suffixes and how they can transform or change the meaning of words!

What is an idiom? These statements can often be a little confusing because they don’t seem to make sense! In Idioms for Kids, your kids and students will learn what idioms are and how fun they can be to use. Idioms are considered a tool in figurative language to make something more interesting. Sometimes they use comparisons between very different things—like fish and visitors—to paint a picture for the hearer. Other times, they don’t seem to make any sense at all. “When pigs fly” means that whatever you’re describing will never happen, because pigs will never be able to fly. And to say “Break a leg!” means to wish someone good luck. Surely, breaking your leg is not good luck! As your kids will find out, idioms can often be rather strange. 

This video also points out that idioms from one country may not make sense to people from another country. The phrases we use in America might not translate well for people who live in Australia or England, even though English is the common language among the three countries. Idioms make sense to the people that live in the country from which the phrase comes.

This is a song about idioms. Not sure what an idiom is? Having trouble teaching what an idiom is? Your problems are solved! Also, teachers, the song is actually really catchy and won’t “drive you up the wall.”  That’s an idiom.