Resources for Educators
Nifty Thrifty Fifty
Appropriate for 4th and 5th and 6th grade, the Nifty Thrifty Fifty activities utilize a list of 50 words to teach the use of patterns when decoding, spelling and building meaning for polysyllabic words. Patterns in polysyllabic words are in the form of morphemic units in the form of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. It is estimated that for every word you know, you probably are able to decode, spell, and comprehend six or more other words using the morphemic patterns. Games, Power Points, and word lists to use are also linked to this website.