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Know Your Prefixes: micro- and photo-

In this worksheet, students learn and practise spelling words with the prefixes micro- and photo-.

'Know Your Prefixes: micro- and photo-' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Spelling: Prefixes & Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Many words in English are based on the same root words, and knowing what these mean can help us with spellings.

 

The prefixes 'photo-' and 'micro-' come from Greek words meaning 'light' and 'small'.

A photograph is a picture recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material.

A microlight is a small aeroplane that usually has no more than two seats.

Match these terms with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if the words are unfamiliar to you.

 

Pay close attention to the spellings as you will need them in later questions!

Column A

Column B

microphone
an instrument that converts sound waves into elect...
microwave
an instrument that magnifies very small objects to...
microscope
the design and production of very small parts for ...
microelectronics
an electromagnetic wave that can be used for cooki...

Match these terms with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if the words are unfamiliar to you.

 

Pay close attention to the spellings as you will need them in later questions!

Column A

Column B

photocopy
the process used by green plants to make food
photosynthesis
looking good in a photograph or film
photogenic
a copy of a printed material made by a machine usi...

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

You should always carry a __________ of your passport when you are abroad in case it gets stolen.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

That's a lovely picture of Rosie. She's so __________.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

Jonny took a wonderful ________ of the sunset with his new camera.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

Mushrooms don't make food using __________ because they are fungi and not green plants.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

Jamila has a very quiet voice so she used a __________ when she made her speech.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

If you look at the crystals under a __________ you can see their beautiful patterns.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

We're in a bit of a hurry this evening so we'll __________ our baked potatoes instead of doing them in the oven.

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

My grandad went up in a __________ as a treat for his 70th birthday. He said it was much more exciting than flying in a big plane.

  • Question 1

Match these terms with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if the words are unfamiliar to you.

 

Pay close attention to the spellings as you will need them in later questions!

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

microphone
an instrument that converts sound...
microwave
an electromagnetic wave that can ...
microscope
an instrument that magnifies very...
microelectronics
the design and production of very...
EDDIE SAYS
The word \'microphone\' may not seem to have anything to do with being small, but it originally referred to an ear trumpet which made small sounds louder for people who were hard of hearing.
  • Question 2

Match these terms with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if the words are unfamiliar to you.

 

Pay close attention to the spellings as you will need them in later questions!

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

photocopy
a copy of a printed material made...
photosynthesis
the process used by green plants ...
photogenic
looking good in a photograph or f...
  • Question 3

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

You should always carry a __________ of your passport when you are abroad in case it gets stolen.

CORRECT ANSWER
photocopy
  • Question 4

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

That's a lovely picture of Rosie. She's so __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
photogenic
  • Question 5

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

Jonny took a wonderful ________ of the sunset with his new camera.

CORRECT ANSWER
photograph
  • Question 6

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

Mushrooms don't make food using __________ because they are fungi and not green plants.

CORRECT ANSWER
photosynthesis
  • Question 7

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

Jamila has a very quiet voice so she used a __________ when she made her speech.

CORRECT ANSWER
microphone
  • Question 8

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

If you look at the crystals under a __________ you can see their beautiful patterns.

CORRECT ANSWER
microscope
  • Question 9

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

We're in a bit of a hurry this evening so we'll __________ our baked potatoes instead of doing them in the oven.

CORRECT ANSWER
microwave
  • Question 10

Write the missing word to complete the sentence. Think carefully about the spellings!

 

My grandad went up in a __________ as a treat for his 70th birthday. He said it was much more exciting than flying in a big plane.

CORRECT ANSWER
microlight
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