Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Prefixes

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6


Language Objective: Inform others how to determine the meaning of an unknown word using prefixes.

Brief Description: Students will create a comic to inform others how to figure out the meaning of a new word using prefixes.

Know Before You Start: Students should have a basic understanding of common prefixes. (ex: re, mis, dis, non, fore, bi, mid, centi)


  • Read and discuss the sample comic.

  • Display several words that may be unfamiliar to your students (ex: unhappy, reheat, misunderstand). 

Have groups of students determine the meaning of these words. The prefix _____ means _____, so the word _____ means ________.


  • Assign students an unfamiliar word with a prefix. 

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic that informs their reader how to determine the meaning of the unknown word using the prefix.

Closure: Have students share their comics with the whole class or in small groups. Display the comics in the classroom as a reference.


  • Have students work together in small groups. 

  • Enrichment opportunity- have students think of their own word with a prefix.

Resources: Comic to print or display:  Comic 1.