Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy Endings: A Story About Suffixes

Happy Endings: A Story About Suffixes
written by Robin Pulver; illustrated by Lynn Rowe Reed
(2011) Holiday House
Source: Mebane Public Library

The end of the school year is drawing near, but Mr. Wright isn't ready to stop teaching. He announces to the class that they will "tackle" word endings after lunch, which causes his agitated students to groan. This pronouncement strikes fear in the hearts of the word endings on the board. The suffixes decide to head to the gym and get in shape so they can tackle the students right back. When the unruly crew comes back from the cafeteria, they see that there isn't a suffix in sight. Mr. Wright declares that summer vacation will be postponed until the suffixes are sighted. The suddenly motivated students create suffix-less posters to lure back the exasperated endings. 

Happy Endings is a fun story that would be a great starting point for a study of suffixes. Clever books like this are excellent for building awareness of parts of speech. A fun writing exercise would be for students to create similar posters (moving endings to the front of each word) to those created by the endings in the book. Then the class could swap posters and interpret the clues of their peers.

Here is a link to a fun flash game featuring suffixes.

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