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Revise Your Suffixes: -cian, -sion and -tion

In this worksheet, students have the opportunity to revise the different rules for adding the 'shun' suffix to words.

'Revise Your Suffixes: -cian, -sion and -tion' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Prefixes and Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

There are many different ways of making the 'shun' sound at the end of words.

For example:

nation    magician    television

 

It can be hard to know which suffix to use, but there are rules to help.

 

If the root word ends in c, then the suffix is usually cian. This is often the case with the jobs people do.

optic    optician

 

If the root word ends in d, de, s or se, then the suffix is usually sion.

provide    provision

confuse    confusion

 

Otherwise the suffix is usually tion.

direct    direction

reduce    reduction

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

politic

politician

politision

politition

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

decide

decician

decision

decition

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

pollute

pollucian

pollusion

pollution

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

corrode

corrocian

corrosion

corrotion

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

electric

electrician

electrision

electrition

Choose the correct suffix to add the 'shun' sound to the following root word. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

promote

Choose the correct suffix to add the 'shun' sound to the following root word. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

collide

Choose the correct suffix to add the 'shun' sound to the following root word. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

tactic

For the final two questions you need to read the sentences and decide which 'shun' word has been spelt wrongly. Write the correct version in the answer box.

 

Marvo was a great magician. He often appeared on television productions and was very popular. His tricks caused a lot of confution amongst his audience, who were often looking in the wrong direction when something amazing happened.

Read the sentences and decide which 'shun' word has been spelt wrongly. Write the correct version in the answer box.

 

Paul couldn't make a decision about the direction his career should take once he had finished his educasion. He was good at numbers so thought he might become a mathematician or statistician, but he also liked science and thought he might become an optician.

  • Question 1

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

politic

CORRECT ANSWER
politician
EDDIE SAYS
Great to see you having a go! If the root word ends in 'c' the suffix is 'cian'. Remember the introduction told us that this is often the case when it is a persons job.
  • Question 2

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

decide

CORRECT ANSWER
decision
EDDIE SAYS
There are lots of rules to remember when dealing with the English language! But the more you practise the easier it becomes. When the root word ends in 'de' you delete the 'de' and add the suffix 'sion'.
  • Question 3

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

pollute

CORRECT ANSWER
pollution
EDDIE SAYS
As this word does not end in any of the letters that require different suffixes, here we can just add the suffix 'tion'. Keep it up the great effort!
  • Question 4

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

corrode

CORRECT ANSWER
corrosion
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! When the root word ends in 'de' you need to add the suffix 'sion'.
  • Question 5

Choose the correct spelling when the 'shun' sound is added to the following word.

 

(Remember to think about the ending of the word!)

 

electric

CORRECT ANSWER
electrician
EDDIE SAYS
Are you getting the hang of this now? As the root word ends in 'c' you add the suffix 'cian'.
  • Question 6

Choose the correct suffix to add the 'shun' sound to the following root word. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

promote

CORRECT ANSWER
promotion
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! As the root word doesn't end in 'c', 'd', 'de', 's' or 'se' it doesn't require a specific suffix. You just need to drop the 'e' and add the suffix 'tion'.
  • Question 7

Choose the correct suffix to add the 'shun' sound to the following root word. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

collide

CORRECT ANSWER
collision
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it correct? As the root word ends in 'de' we delete it and add the suffix 'sion'. Nearly there super star!
  • Question 8

Choose the correct suffix to add the 'shun' sound to the following root word. Write the new word in the answer box.

 

tactic

CORRECT ANSWER
tactician
EDDIE SAYS
You will be an expert soon! As the root word ends in 'c' the suffix is 'cian'.
  • Question 9

For the final two questions you need to read the sentences and decide which 'shun' word has been spelt wrongly. Write the correct version in the answer box.

 

Marvo was a great magician. He often appeared on television productions and was very popular. His tricks caused a lot of confution amongst his audience, who were often looking in the wrong direction when something amazing happened.

CORRECT ANSWER
confusion
EDDIE SAYS
You've got this! The root word 'confuse' ends in 'se' so the suffix that should be added is 'sion'. Remember you can use a dictionary to check any words you think could be spelt incorrectly.
  • Question 10

Read the sentences and decide which 'shun' word has been spelt wrongly. Write the correct version in the answer box.

 

Paul couldn't make a decision about the direction his career should take once he had finished his educasion. He was good at numbers so thought he might become a mathematician or statistician, but he also liked science and thought he might become an optician.

CORRECT ANSWER
education
EDDIE SAYS
High five! Great effort! The root word 'educate' doesn't have a specific rule when adding a suffix. The 'e' is dropped and 'tion' is added.
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