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dis- and mis- Prefixes Year 3 and 4 Spelling Worksheets

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These worksheets, covering the prefixes ‘dis-’ and ‘mis-’, are an excellent way for children in Years 3 and 4 to revise and practise these spelling patterns.

The worksheets include five different activities in which children look at spelling patterns, identify misspelt words and apply their spellings in context. They can be used within lessons, as an assessment or as a homework task.

This primary resource is divided into five sections:

  • Tips
    Write the root word for each of the words listed
  • Check
    Circle the word with the correct prefix, and place the words given into the correct sentence
  • Use
    Write a sentence each for the words connect and disconnect to show how they are different
  • Change
    Read each sentence and change the underlined word or phrase for a synonym which begins with the prefix ‘mis-’ or ‘dis-’
  • Apply
    Write a short passage about the image given, and try to include the words ‘disappoint’, ‘misplaced’, ‘misbehave’ and ‘dishonest’

What is a prefix?

A prefix is a combination of letters, words or numbers that can be placed before other words to change their meaning.

Prefix examples

  • un- (unpleasant, unhappy)
  • im- (impossible, improper)
  • mis- (mislead, misplace)
  • re- (reappear, reattach)
  • pre- (prefix, prehistoric)
  • dis- (disagree, disobey)

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Pupils should be taught to add prefixes and suffixes.

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