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Know Your Suffixes: -cian

In this worksheet, students practise identifying and spelling words ending in the suffix -cian.

'Know Your Suffixes: -cian' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Prefixes and Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Several different suffixes make the sound shun.

For example:

extension    fiction    magician

 

The suffix cian is common when the root word ends in 'c'. A lot of these words relate to people's occupations.

For example:

someone who plays or writes music for a living = musician

Choose the correct spelling of the word that matches the description below.

 

A person who works with electricity

electrition

electrician

Choose the correct spelling of the word that matches the description below.

 

A person who works in politics

politician

politition

Choose the correct spelling of the word that matches the description below.

 

A person who is good at mathematics

mathematician

mathematition

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

optic

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

statistic

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

direct

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

paediatric

 

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

educate

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

tactic

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

operate

  • Question 1

Choose the correct spelling of the word that matches the description below.

 

A person who works with electricity

CORRECT ANSWER
electrician
EDDIE SAYS
An electrician needs a good knowledge of electricity before they can start practical work, as there can be dangers, such as getting an electric shock!
  • Question 2

Choose the correct spelling of the word that matches the description below.

 

A person who works in politics

CORRECT ANSWER
politician
EDDIE SAYS
A politician is usually elected by a group of people to represent and voice their similar opinions and beliefs.
  • Question 3

Choose the correct spelling of the word that matches the description below.

 

A person who is good at mathematics

CORRECT ANSWER
mathematician
EDDIE SAYS
A mathematician may offer help to others by sharing their expert subject knowledge.
  • Question 4

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

optic

CORRECT ANSWER
optician
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'optic' comes from the Greek word for 'seeing', so an optician looks after people's eyes.
  • Question 5

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

statistic

CORRECT ANSWER
statistician
EDDIE SAYS
A statistician would gather and present data in a way that would help other people view it and understand the findings.
  • Question 6

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

direct

CORRECT ANSWER
direction
EDDIE SAYS
'Direct' already ends with a 't' so you can just add -ion for this one!
  • Question 7

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

paediatric

 

CORRECT ANSWER
paediatrician
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'paediatric' comes from the Greek word for 'children', so a paediatrician is a children's doctor.
  • Question 8

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

educate

CORRECT ANSWER
education
EDDIE SAYS
The suffix here is '-tion'. People who like to share their knowledge may choose to work in education.
  • Question 9

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

tactic

CORRECT ANSWER
tactician
EDDIE SAYS
An example of a tactician is a person who organises the soldiers and equipment in preparation for war. They have a well planned and organised strategy in mind.
  • Question 10

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

operate

CORRECT ANSWER
operation
EDDIE SAYS
This word ends with the suffix '-tion'. Some people may have been admitted to hospital to have an 'operation'.
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