The smart way to improve grades

Comprehensive & curriculum aligned

Affordable pricing from £10/month

Know Your Roots: 'tele' and 'scope'

In this worksheet, students learn and practise spelling words with the prefix tele- and the suffix -scope.

'Know Your Roots: 'tele' and 'scope'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Root Word Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Many words in English are based on the same root words, and knowing what these mean can help us with spellings.

Boy with telescope

The word 'telescope' is based on two Greek words, the prefix 'tele' (meaning 'far away') and the suffix 'scope' (meaning 'seeing').

 

There are many other words in English with these roots.

for example:

television

telephone

microscope

kaleidoscope

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

 

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

Column A

Column B

Telepathy
A message sent along a wire
Telephone
A machine that allows people to talk to each other...
Telecommunications
Communication from one person's mind to another wi...
Telegram
Electronic systems used for transmitting messages

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

 

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

Column A

Column B

Stethoscope
A tube that produces symmetrical patterns by refle...
Kaleidoscope
A medical instrument used for listening to sounds ...
Periscope
An instrument that uses mirrors to allow someone t...
Microscope
An instrument that magnifies very small objects, m...

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

 

The doctor listened to my heart with her __________.

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

 

The sailors in the submarine raised their __________ to monitor the enemy ship that was approaching.

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

 

My great grandmother received a __________ from the queen on her one hundredth birthday.

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

 

You would be fitter if you played sport instead of just watching it on __________!

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

 

If you look at Mars through a __________, you can see its reddish colour.

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

 

My sister and her friend claim that they can share each other's thoughts using __________, but I don't believe them.

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

 

We looked at the insects under a __________ so we could see them in more detail.

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

 

My little brother loves his __________. He keeps turning the tube to make different patterns.

  • Question 1

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Telepathy
Communication from one person's m...
Telephone
A machine that allows people to t...
Telecommunications
Electronic systems used for trans...
Telegram
A message sent along a wire
EDDIE SAYS
Great to see you having a go. The prefix tele- in the word 'telepathy' is pronounced differently from the other words. The stress is on the second syllable. However, in the adjective 'telepathic' the stress is on the first syllable!
  • Question 2

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

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Stethoscope
A medical instrument used for lis...
Kaleidoscope
A tube that produces symmetrical ...
Periscope
An instrument that uses mirrors t...
Microscope
An instrument that magnifies very...
EDDIE SAYS
A stethoscope is used for listening, not seeing, but the suffix 'scope' may refer to seeing in the sense of examining something to see what is wrong. Good effort!
  • Question 3

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

 

The doctor listened to my heart with her __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
stethoscope
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember the definitions from the previous questions? Keep it up!
  • Question 4

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

 

The sailors in the submarine raised their __________ to monitor the enemy ship that was approaching.

CORRECT ANSWER
periscope
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! A 'periscope' is a piece of equipment that uses mirrors or prisms to look out. They are often used in submarines.
  • Question 5

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

 

My great grandmother received a __________ from the queen on her one hundredth birthday.

CORRECT ANSWER
telegram
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it correct? Try to think about the definitions you learnt in the previous questions.
  • Question 6

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

 

You would be fitter if you played sport instead of just watching it on __________!

CORRECT ANSWER
television
EDDIE SAYS
Are you getting the hang of this now? Remember the prefix 'tele' has come from the Greek word meaning 'far away', 'Vision' is the ability to see.
  • Question 7

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

 

If you look at Mars through a __________, you can see its reddish colour.

CORRECT ANSWER
telescope
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! You've got this! A 'telescope' is used to look at things that are far away.
  • Question 8

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

 

My sister and her friend claim that they can share each other's thoughts using __________, but I don't believe them.

CORRECT ANSWER
telepathy
EDDIE SAYS
'Telepathy' is the supposed communication between people through other means than the known senses we have. Keep it up super star!
  • Question 9

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

 

We looked at the insects under a __________ so we could see them in more detail.

CORRECT ANSWER
microscope
EDDIE SAYS
High five! The prefix 'micro' comes from the idea of small things. 'Scope' come from the Greek word which means to observe.
  • Question 10

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

 

My little brother loves his __________. He keeps turning the tube to make different patterns.

CORRECT ANSWER
kaleidoscope
EDDIE SAYS
What a star! Although it is the name of a toy, the word 'kaleidoscope' is now also used to describe things that are constantly changing. For example: My granny's garden is a kaleidoscope of colour throughout the summer.
---- OR ----

Sign up for a £1 trial so you can track and measure your child's progress on this activity.

What is EdPlace?

We're your National Curriculum aligned online education content provider helping each child succeed in English, maths and science from year 1 to GCSE. With an EdPlace account you’ll be able to track and measure progress, helping each child achieve their best. We build confidence and attainment by personalising each child’s learning at a level that suits them.

Get started
laptop

Start your £1 trial today.
Subscribe from £10/month.