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Prefixes and Suffixes: Using tele- and -phone to Form New Words

In this worksheet, students practise forming new words using the prefix tele- and the suffix -phone.

'Prefixes and Suffixes: Using tele- and -phone to Form New Words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  English

Curriculum subtopic:  Spelling: Prefixes & Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Prefixes are letters added to the beginning of words to form new words. The prefix tele, which comes from the Greek word for 'at a distance' is found in many words.

telephone

television

 

Suffixes are letters added to the end of words to form new words. The suffix phone comes from the Greek word for 'sound'.

telephone

microphone

 

 

When you learn the meanings of word roots, it enables you to understand the meaning of other words.

Here are some words containing phone as a suffix..

 

Can you match them up with their meanings? If you can't see the full sentences in the boxes, hover your mouse over them.

Column A

Column B

megaphone
an electric device for projecting sound, e.g. by a...
xylophone
French-speaking
anglophone
a hand-held loud hailer used when addressing crowd...
homophone
a way of hearing or projecting the voice from pers...
saxophone
a musical reed instrument
microphone
two words sounding the same
telephone
English-speaking
francophone
a musical instrument played by striking keys

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete this sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

A French-speaking person is called a _____________.

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete this sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

The politician went up on the stage, took the  _____________  and began his speech.

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete this sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

The __________  is a beautiful, mellow-sounding musical instrument.

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete this sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

A van drove through the crowded streets, with someone shouting through a ___________.

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete this sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

My sister likes to play tunes on her little ___________.

Here are some words containing the prefix tele. Can you match them up with their meanings? If you can't see the full sentences in the boxes, hover your mouse over them.

Column A

Column B

transmission of a message through a wire
telephone
device for holding a conversation with another per...
telescope
device for enlarging and viewing something at a di...
television
the ability to know what another person is thinkin...
telemarketing
selling goods or services over the phone
telepathy
technology for broadcasting and receiving sound a...
telegraph

Use one of the words from question 7 to complete this sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

You need to be good at selling if you want a job in ____________ .

Use one of the words from question 7 to complete this sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

The astronomer had a very powerful ____________ and could see stars thousands of miles away.

Use one of the words from question 7 to complete this sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

Alexander Graham Bell invented the ____________ so that people could talk to each other without having to leave their houses.

  • Question 1

Here are some words containing phone as a suffix..

 

Can you match them up with their meanings? If you can't see the full sentences in the boxes, hover your mouse over them.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

megaphone
a hand-held loud hailer used when...
xylophone
a musical instrument played by st...
anglophone
English-speaking
homophone
two words sounding the same
saxophone
a musical reed instrument
microphone
an electric device for projecting...
telephone
a way of hearing or projecting th...
francophone
French-speaking
  • Question 2

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete this sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

A French-speaking person is called a _____________.

CORRECT ANSWER
francophone
  • Question 3

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete this sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

The politician went up on the stage, took the  _____________  and began his speech.

CORRECT ANSWER
microphone
  • Question 4

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete this sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

The __________  is a beautiful, mellow-sounding musical instrument.

CORRECT ANSWER
saxophone
  • Question 5

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete this sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

A van drove through the crowded streets, with someone shouting through a ___________.

CORRECT ANSWER
megaphone
  • Question 6

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete this sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

My sister likes to play tunes on her little ___________.

CORRECT ANSWER
xylophone
  • Question 7

Here are some words containing the prefix tele. Can you match them up with their meanings? If you can't see the full sentences in the boxes, hover your mouse over them.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

transmission of a message through...
telegraph
device for holding a conversation...
telephone
device for enlarging and viewing ...
telescope
the ability to know what another ...
telepathy
selling goods or services over th...
telemarketing
technology for broadcasting and ...
television
  • Question 8

Use one of the words from question 7 to complete this sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

You need to be good at selling if you want a job in ____________ .

CORRECT ANSWER
telemarketing
  • Question 9

Use one of the words from question 7 to complete this sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

The astronomer had a very powerful ____________ and could see stars thousands of miles away.

CORRECT ANSWER
telescope
  • Question 10

Use one of the words from question 7 to complete this sentence. Write the missing word in the answer box.

 

Alexander Graham Bell invented the ____________ so that people could talk to each other without having to leave their houses.

CORRECT ANSWER
telephone
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