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Adding Suffix -ation 2

In this worksheet, students will add the suffix -ation onto existing root words, seeing how the meaning changes.

'Adding Suffix -ation 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Spelling: Prefixes & Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A suffix is a letter or group of letters that can be added to the end of a root word. When you add the suffix, you make a new word. This new word has a related but different meaning. This worksheet is about the suffix -ation.

For example:

You inspire me.

You have given me inspiration.

Adding the suffix -ation changes a verb to a noun, and this new word tells us about an action, process or result.

 

 

There are spelling rules you have to follow when you add -ation:

 

1. Rule for root words ending in -ate.

 

to vacate

becomes

We have a vacation.

take off -ate

 

add on -ation

 

 

2. Rule for root words ending in -y.

 

to magnify

becomes

Magnification makes the picture bigger.

 the -y ending becomes -ic

 

add on -ation

 

3. Rule for root words ending in -re, -ve, or -se.

 

to respire (to breathe)

becomes

Plants use their leaves for respiration.

take of -e

 

add on -ation

 

 

4. Rule for most other root word endings, just add -ation on the end of the word. 

 

Watch out, there are always words that don't match the spelling rules!

Look at this root word.

 

celebrate

 

Tick the correct spelling after the suffix has been added.

celebratetion

celebration

Look at this root word.

decorate

 

Tick the correct spelling after the suffix has been added.

decoration

decoratetion

Look at this root word.

qualify

 

Tick the correct spelling after the suffix has been added.

qualifycation

qualification

Look at this root word.

 

converse

 

Tick the correct spelling after the suffix has been added.

conversation

converseation

Look at this root word.

 

multiply

 

Add on the suffix and type the correct new word below.

Look at this root word.

transport

 

Add on the suffix and type the correct new word below.

 

Look at this root word.

explore

 

Add on the suffix and type the correct new word below.

Look at this root word.

 

inform

 

Add on the suffix and type the correct new word below.

Look at this root word change from a verb to a noun.

To separate becomes separation.

 

Tick the correct meaning of the new noun. Think about what the root word (the verb) means first. Use a dictionary if you need help.

Separation describes how two or many things are moved apart.

Separation describes how two or many things are moved together.

Look at this root word change from a verb to a noun:

To prepare becomes preparation.

 

Tick the correct meaning of the new noun. Think about what the root word (the verb) means first. Use a dictionary if you need help.

Preparation describes how something or someone is broken up.

Preparation describes how something or someone is made ready for use.

  • Question 1

Look at this root word.

 

celebrate

 

Tick the correct spelling after the suffix has been added.

CORRECT ANSWER
celebration
EDDIE SAYS
Don\'t forget the \'ate\' comes off the end of the word before you add \'-ation\'.
  • Question 2

Look at this root word.

decorate

 

Tick the correct spelling after the suffix has been added.

CORRECT ANSWER
decoration
EDDIE SAYS
This is the same principle as the last question, remember the \'ate\' comes off the end of the word before you add \'-ation\'.
  • Question 3

Look at this root word.

qualify

 

Tick the correct spelling after the suffix has been added.

CORRECT ANSWER
qualification
EDDIE SAYS
You need to change the \'y\' to \'ic\' before adding \'-ation\'. \'Qualification\' is a noun that describes how someone has managed to pass a test or win a competition to go to the next level.
  • Question 4

Look at this root word.

 

converse

 

Tick the correct spelling after the suffix has been added.

CORRECT ANSWER
conversation
EDDIE SAYS
This is a bit different but hopefully you have remembered that the \'e\' comes off the end of the word before \'ation\' is added on. \'Conversation\' is a noun that describes how two or more people talk together.
  • Question 5

Look at this root word.

 

multiply

 

Add on the suffix and type the correct new word below.

CORRECT ANSWER
multiplication
EDDIE SAYS
You need to change the \'y\' to \'ic\' before adding \'-ation\'. \'Multiplication\' is a noun that describes how we add groups of objects together, you\'ll definitely be needing to use multiplication in your maths lessons.
  • Question 6

Look at this root word.

transport

 

Add on the suffix and type the correct new word below.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
transportation
EDDIE SAYS
\'Transportation\' is a noun that describes how someone is taken somewhere else. To get this right, you needed to just add \'ation\' to the root word, and you\'re onto a winner!
  • Question 7

Look at this root word.

explore

 

Add on the suffix and type the correct new word below.

CORRECT ANSWER
exploration
EDDIE SAYS
You need to take off the \'e\', before adding \'ation\'. An \'exploration\' describes how someone is going to investigate a new place. This could be a different country, or somewhere close to you that you\'ve never been to before!
  • Question 8

Look at this root word.

 

inform

 

Add on the suffix and type the correct new word below.

CORRECT ANSWER
information
EDDIE SAYS
To make \'information\' you only need to add \'ation\' onto the end of the root word. The last letter is a consonant so that\'s all you need to add on to get this right.
  • Question 9

Look at this root word change from a verb to a noun.

To separate becomes separation.

 

Tick the correct meaning of the new noun. Think about what the root word (the verb) means first. Use a dictionary if you need help.

CORRECT ANSWER
Separation describes how two or many things are moved apart.
EDDIE SAYS
If you separate something you move something apart. You could separate a very long sentence with a full stop, and make it into two sentences.
  • Question 10

Look at this root word change from a verb to a noun:

To prepare becomes preparation.

 

Tick the correct meaning of the new noun. Think about what the root word (the verb) means first. Use a dictionary if you need help.

CORRECT ANSWER
Preparation describes how something or someone is made ready for use.
EDDIE SAYS
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. We all need to use preparation to make sure we do things well, on time and we have everything we need. Chefs will prepare a meal before they begin to cook it. This gives them time to check they have all of the right ingredients and enough time to make the dish.
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