Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Suffixes

Grade Level: 2, 3

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: This lesson is intended to reinforce the idea of determining the meaning of words with suffixes. Students will create a comic to inform others how to figure out the meaning of a new word using suffixes.

Know Before You Start: Students should have a basic understanding of common suffixes.


  • Read and discuss the sample comic.

    • How did Joe figure out the meaning of the word “homeless?”

    • Are there any other words that you could figure out using the same strategy as Joe?

  • Display several words that may be unfamiliar to your students e.g., happiness, colorless, beautiful, fearful.

  • In pairs or as a class, have students determine the meaning of these words. E.g., "The suffix _____ means _____, so the word _____ means ________."


  • Assign students an unfamiliar word with a suffix. 

  • 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 suffix.

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


  • Allow students to work together in small groups.

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


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.
  • Adapt this lesson as needed to meet your students' language levels.

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