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Know Your Prefixes: audi- and aqua-

In this worksheet, students learn and practise spelling words with the prefixes audi- and aqua-.

'Know Your Prefixes: audi- and aqua-' 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 roots words, and knowing what these mean can help us with spellings.

 

The prefixes 'audi-' and 'aqua-' come from Latin words meaning 'hearing' and 'water'. They form part of a large number of words in English.

for example:

An aquarium is a tank or building in which fish and other water creatures are kept.

An auditorium is the part of a theatre where people sit to watch and listen.

Match these terms with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if you are not familiar with the words.

 

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

Column A

Column B

audition
using both sight and sound
audience
a trial performance to determine if someone is sui...
audiovisual
the people who watch or listen to a programme or s...
audible
able to be heard

Match these terms with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if you are not familiar with the words.

 

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

Column A

Column B

aquamarine
a painting done in transparent water colours
aqueduct
a pale blue-green colour
aquarelle
a board for riding on water, pulled by a speedboat
aquaplane
a bridge that carries water across a valley

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

 

The barge travelled slowly along the __________ to the other side of the valley.

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

 

Joe generally uses oil paints but this time he has painted an __________ of the harbour.

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

 

We saw some amazing fish at the __________, and there were sharks too.

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

 

The model was wearing a beautiful __________ dress, which was the colour of her eyes.

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

 

His performance was so powerful that everyone in the __________ stood up at the end to give him a standing ovation.

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

 

The drama teacher is holding __________ for the main parts in the play at lunchtime today.

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

 

Jimmy whispered so quietly that his voice was barely __________.

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

 

I tried __________ when I was on holiday. It was great fun but I kept falling into the water when the boat went fast.

  • Question 1

Match these terms with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if you are not familiar with the words.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

audition
a trial performance to determine ...
audience
the people who watch or listen to...
audiovisual
using both sight and sound
audible
able to be heard
  • Question 2

Match these terms with their definitions. You may need to use a dictionary if you are not familiar with the words.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

aquamarine
a pale blue-green colour
aqueduct
a bridge that carries water acros...
aquarelle
a painting done in transparent wa...
aquaplane
a board for riding on water, pull...
  • Question 3

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

 

The barge travelled slowly along the __________ to the other side of the valley.

CORRECT ANSWER
aqueduct
EDDIE SAYS
Take care with the spelling here! The prefix is aque- instead of aqua-.
  • Question 4

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

 

Joe generally uses oil paints but this time he has painted an __________ of the harbour.

CORRECT ANSWER
aquarelle
  • Question 5

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

 

We saw some amazing fish at the __________, and there were sharks too.

CORRECT ANSWER
aquarium
  • Question 6

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

 

The model was wearing a beautiful __________ dress, which was the colour of her eyes.

CORRECT ANSWER
aquamarine
EDDIE SAYS
The colour \'aquamarine\' is named after a precious stone that is a blue-green colour.
  • Question 7

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

 

His performance was so powerful that everyone in the __________ stood up at the end to give him a standing ovation.

CORRECT ANSWER
audience
auditorium
EDDIE SAYS
Both \'audience\' and \'auditorium\' would make sense here.
  • Question 8

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

 

The drama teacher is holding __________ for the main parts in the play at lunchtime today.

CORRECT ANSWER
auditions
  • Question 9

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

 

Jimmy whispered so quietly that his voice was barely __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
audible
  • Question 10

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

 

I tried __________ when I was on holiday. It was great fun but I kept falling into the water when the boat went fast.

CORRECT ANSWER
aquaplaning
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