Grammar Aquarium


Word Families


Word families are based on common words. They can be related through form, meaning or both.

We can take nouns or verbs and add prefixes and suffixes to easily create word families.


Word families will have a stem or root word. We can see how the word 'teach' can develop into a word family.


Remember, words can be linked by their meaning as well, so they may look a bit different.


Your Turn…

1. What is a word family?
A group of related words
A set of describing words
A set of words that are spelt the same

2. What type of word is at the centre of a word family?
A ‘stem’ or ‘root word’
An article
An adverb

3. What’s the quickest way to extend a word family?
Add prefixes and suffixes to a word
Get married
Add random letters to a word

4. Why might you miss out words from word families?
Because they can be linked by meaning and may look different
Because they’re on holiday
Because they’ve had an argument

5. Which of the following word groups form the basis of a word family?
Run, running, ran
Key, door, window
Mum, dad, brother

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