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Know Your Prefixes: auto-, bi-, circum-, tele- and trans-

In this worksheet, students investigate the meaning of words with the prefixes auto-, bi-, circum-, tele- and trans-.

'Know Your Prefixes: auto-, bi-, circum-, tele- and trans-' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Root Word Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Prefixes are letters attached to the beginning of words. If we know the meaning of a prefix it can help us to understand words that we have not met before.

In this worksheet we will be looking at the following prefixes.

 

auto (meaning self)

Something that is automatic runs itself.

 

bi (meaning two)

A biplane has two sets of wings, one above the other.

 

circum (meaning around)

To circumnavigate the world means to travel right round the world.

 

tele (meaning distance)

A telescope allows people to see things a long distance away.

 

trans (meaning across)

A transatlantic voyage is a voyage across the Atlantic.

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

A person who can speak two languages very well is ____lingual.

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

The distance around the edge of a circle is called the ____ference.

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

A device that lets you talk to people a long way away is called a ____phone.

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

Spectacles that have two types of lens for each eye are called ____focals.

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

If an organ such as a heart is taken out of one person's body and given to another person it is called a heart ____plant.

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

If somebody writes their own life story it is called their ____biography.

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

To ____sect something means to cut it into two equal parts.

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

To carry goods from one place to another is to ____port them.

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

A ____annual event takes place twice a year.

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

A system used to send long-distance messages along wires is called  ____graph.

  • Question 1

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

A person who can speak two languages very well is ____lingual.

CORRECT ANSWER
bilingual
EDDIE SAYS
Good effort! 'bi' means two. If you are 'bilingual' you can speak two languages.
  • Question 2

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

The distance around the edge of a circle is called the ____ference.

CORRECT ANSWER
circumference
EDDIE SAYS
Try to remember the root prefixes in the introduction. 'Circum' means around. The 'circumference' of something is the measurement around the outside of that particular object.
  • Question 3

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

A device that lets you talk to people a long way away is called a ____phone.

CORRECT ANSWER
telephone
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! The prefix 'tele' means distance.
  • Question 4

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

Spectacles that have two types of lens for each eye are called ____focals.

CORRECT ANSWER
bifocals
EDDIE SAYS
Again here the prefix 'bi' is used as it means two. Keep up the good effort!
  • Question 5

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

If an organ such as a heart is taken out of one person's body and given to another person it is called a heart ____plant.

CORRECT ANSWER
transplant
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! The prefix 'trans' comes from the Latin word 'across'. The idea of a 'transplant' is to move an organ to another body.
  • Question 6

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

If somebody writes their own life story it is called their ____biography.

CORRECT ANSWER
autobiography
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember? The prefix 'auto' means self. An autobiography is a book about the author themselves.
  • Question 7

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

To ____sect something means to cut it into two equal parts.

CORRECT ANSWER
bisect
EDDIE SAYS
Keep up the excellent effort! Remember the prefix 'bi' means two.
  • Question 8

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

To carry goods from one place to another is to ____port them.

CORRECT ANSWER
transport
EDDIE SAYS
You've got this! Remember you can use a dictionary to help.
  • Question 9

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

A ____annual event takes place twice a year.

CORRECT ANSWER
biannual
EDDIE SAYS
High five! Have you got the hang of this now?
  • Question 10

Add the correct prefix to the following word to make a new word that fits the description given.

Write the new word in the answer box.

 

A system used to send long-distance messages along wires is called  ____graph.

CORRECT ANSWER
telegraph
EDDIE SAYS
Amazing effort well done! The trick is to keep reminding yourself of what the prefix means. Remember 'tele' means distance.
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