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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:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Prefixes and 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.

Aquarium

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
able to be heard
audiovisual
the people who watch or listen to a programme or s...
audible
a trial performance to determine if someone is sui...

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

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
EDDIE SAYS
Lets do this! If you are stuck on any meanings of words a dictionary is helpful to look them up. Look at each option and think about which meaning is the most likely. It can be a good idea to start with the ones you know and then tackle the ones you don't after. That way you are left with less options to choose from.
  • 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...
EDDIE SAYS
Again here a dictionary can be useful to help understand each word. You got this!
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
Try to think about what each word meant on the previous question. Aquarelle is a technique of painting that uses think water colours.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
You got this! An aquarium is tank full of water that is used to house fish.
  • 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. Super effort!
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
Keep up the effort! An audition is like an interview for a role as a singer, musician, actor or dancer. It is a practical performance.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
Try to remember what each of the words meant in the previous questions. Audible is when something or someone can be heard.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
High five! Aquaplaning is the act of riding on an aquaplane. It is a water sport that you can do on holiday.
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