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Adding suffix -ation 3

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

'Adding suffix -ation 3' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Prefixes and 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.

 

to observe

 

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

What does 'observation' mean?

Tick the correct meaning below.

Use a dictionary to check.

describes how two or more people talk together

describes how someone would closely look at someone or something

Look at this root word.

to qualify

 

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

What does 'qualification' mean?

Tick the correct meaning below.

Use a dictionary to check.

describes how someone breaks something up so it can no longer be used

describes how someone has managed to pass a test or win a competition to go to the next level

Look at this root word.

to deflate

 

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

What does 'deflation' mean?

Tick the correct meaning below.

Use a dictionary to check.

describes how something decreases in size, or how someone can lose confidence

describes how people mark a special day with a fun activity

Look at this root word.

to conserve

 

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

What does 'conservation' mean?

Tick the correct meaning below.

Use a dictionary to check.

describes how two or more people talk together

describes how we look after something carefully

Look at this root word.

to transport

 

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

What does 'transportation' mean?

Tick the correct meaning below.

Use a dictionary to check.

describes how we separate goods around the country

describes how we move something from one location to another

  • Question 1

Look at this root word.

 

to observe

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
observation
EDDIE SAYS
Did you look carefully? You need to take off the 'e', before adding -ation.
  • Question 2

What does 'observation' mean?

Tick the correct meaning below.

Use a dictionary to check.

CORRECT ANSWER
describes how someone would closely look at someone or something
EDDIE SAYS
Observation is the action of closely watching or monitoring someone. Doctors and nurses will carry out observations on their patients to see how they are doing.
  • Question 3

Look at this root word.

to qualify

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
qualification
EDDIE SAYS
Don't forget the 'y' changes to 'ic', before adding -ation.
  • Question 4

What does 'qualification' mean?

Tick the correct meaning below.

Use a dictionary to check.

CORRECT ANSWER
describes how someone has managed to pass a test or win a competition to go to the next level
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'qualification' means to pass a test or an exam. Students have to gain their GCSE qualifications when they get to Year 11. Similarly, many jobs require people to gain a qualification before they are allowed to do the job, for example: teachers, doctors, vets, lawyers and architects.
  • Question 5

Look at this root word.

to deflate

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
deflation
EDDIE SAYS
You need to take off the 'ate', before adding -ation.
  • Question 6

What does 'deflation' mean?

Tick the correct meaning below.

Use a dictionary to check.

CORRECT ANSWER
describes how something decreases in size, or how someone can lose confidence
EDDIE SAYS
Deflation is the process of letting air out of something so that it gets smaller. Think of the balloon in the picture. It can also be used when discussing a person. If you're deflated as a person it means that you are feeling smaller than you used to do. You might be excited about a big sports event but feel deflated if your favourite team loses.
  • Question 7

Look at this root word.

to conserve

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
conservation
EDDIE SAYS
You need to take off the 'e', before adding -ation. Are you getting the system here?
  • Question 8

What does 'conservation' mean?

Tick the correct meaning below.

Use a dictionary to check.

CORRECT ANSWER
describes how we look after something carefully
EDDIE SAYS
You may have heard this term in relation to wildlife conservation projects? These are projects that are created specifically to protect and look after the wildlife around us.
  • Question 9

Look at this root word.

to transport

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
transportation
EDDIE SAYS
You only need to add on -ation to the end of the root word.
  • Question 10

What does 'transportation' mean?

Tick the correct meaning below.

Use a dictionary to check.

CORRECT ANSWER
describes how we move something from one location to another
EDDIE SAYS
In olden days transportation would mainly have been by foot or perhaps by horse. Nowadays, we have so many types of transportation at our fingertips, for example, cars, trains, buses, aeroplanes, helicopters!
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