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 Word Analysis, a Great Way to Build Vocabulary

Teaching the right morphemes (word parts) will build your students’ reading and listening vocabulary 

by literally thousands of words. It’s kind of FUN, too.

Students need to know how to recognize and use information from word parts, such as prefixes, suffixes, and roots, as a strategy for determining word meanings.  Teaching the most common prefixes and their meanings can increase a student’s ability to figure out unknown words independently. (Graves, 2004; Stahl, 1999).

Many times, an approximation of a word meaning is all that we need to be able to understand what the author is saying. 



As a teacher, knowing morphemes can greatly enhance your teaching, as you can seize those priceless "teachable moments" that occur daily.  After I learned them with my 3rd and 4th grade students, I couldn’t help myself using my knowledge to teach my 1st grade grandson a word analysis lesson.  Poor kid, all he wanted was a little snack!

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By teaching the most frequently used morphemes (word parts) to your students, you will be: 

  • building their reading and listening vocabulary by thousands of words. 
  • GREATLY increasing their ability to determine the meaning of unknown words independently,  
  • helping them become independent learners in many content areas. 
  • building their word consciousness 
  • building their confidence and self-esteem


Want to see how knowledgeable you are about morphemes? 





If you feel you and/or your students need more knowledge of the most commonly used morphemes in their most commonly used form, and you would like a resource that will make it easy and quick, then see our downloadable  e-Flashcards with printable worksheets  and mini-assessments.

Everything You Need to Teach And Learn These 110 Interchangeable Word Parts and Increase Your Students' Reading and Listening Vocabulary By Thousands of Words in minutes a day… Really!


Electronic flashcards,  printable worksheets, min-assessments, review sets, and answer key

  • STEP 1 - print Set #1’s introductory lesson and do the activity with them as an example of how to do it.  After Set#1,                     students will do this with a partner or individually. (I suggest with a partner.)
  • STEP 2 - project Set #1 e-flashcards and model for the students. A morpheme will show and students call out or write down what it means, then the answer will appear. Then the slide will transition automatically to the next morpheme learned in Set #1 introductory activity. Show these same flashcards for several days.  It doesn’t take long.
  • STEP 3 - another day, distribute Set #1 practice activity
  • STEP 4 - another day give students the mini-assessment.

Christine Carey

Download  everything you need : e-Flashcards, Worksheets, Mini-Assessments and Answer Key

Grade  4  -  Adult

This book is a systematic, common sense approach to teaching the most frequently seen and heard word parts (morphemes).

Check out this great video!

Practice and repetition are very important when memorizing. These 477 electronic flashcards can be used as part of any word analysis study.  They were strategically created to be a systematic way of learning and practicing the most common morphemes.  They will help you and your students learn the morphemes and commit them to memory.


The electronic flashcards are actually 12 separate slide shows with each slide transitioning automatically.  An individual morpheme appears first, then after waiting several seconds to allow the students to say its meaning, the answer is shown.  You may either project the slide shows on a screen for whole class practice or download onto multiple computers for individual practice.  Each set introduces at least 8  morphemes and reviews previously learned morphemes, giving students spaced-review.  Begin with Set#1, then go to Set #2, etc.


They also are organized to reinforce the lessons in the book, Word Analysis: Unlocking the Meaning of Words. So, Set #1 flashcards go with Set #1 in the book, etc. There are also 2 review sets, one after Set #5 in the book and the other after Set #10.

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Flashcards, Worksheets, Mini-Assessments, Answer Key  for only $14.95 

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  • 12 Sets each containing an introductory and practice worksheet and a mini-assessment


  • Correlates with the e-flashcards


  • Students learn “why we call it that!” We call it a recliner because the word actually means “something that leans back”!


  • Students learn to take words apart to figure out the meaning






"I downloaded this to work with my high school students who are in special education. I thought they would think it was a little boring, but they were excited because they could finally see how morphemes came together to create word meanings. They had fun tackling the bigger words and decoding their meaning. I love this book!"

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This page last updated 05/19/2020