Add an Ending

Dr. Jean Feldman

Excerpted from Dr. Jean Feldman’s Ready Set Read!

Recognizing word endings

Materials Needed:
Overhead projector sheets
Permanent markers
Poster Board

Write the following endings on the projector sheets with markers and cut out.

s ing ed

Write nouns and verbs similar to those listed below on the poster board. Explain to the children that you can add letters to the end of words to change their meaning.

Read the word "book." Explain that if you have lots of them, then you should say, "books."

Take the –s ending and add it to the end of the word. Continue to read through the list of nouns (adding –s) and have the children tell you what it says.

dog s
help ing
work ed

Next, read the word, jump." But if I say, "I am jump," it doesn’t sound right. That’s because I need to add "ing" to the end of the word. Continue to go through the list of verbs (adding "ing") and encourage the children to read the words.

Follow a similar procedure for introducing "-ed."


Write endings on 3" circles of cardboard. Tape to Popsicle sticks, then add to the ends of different words.

As you read big books and other classroom print, point out different word endings. Have children identify the "root word" and the endings."

Make a language experience chart with words and their endings. Have children underline root words and circle endings.

Make a book with singulars and plurals. Have children fold their paper in half. On one half, draw one animal or object. On the other half, draw many of the same object. Encourage the children to write labels, and make sure they add the "s."

Excerpted from Dr. Jean Feldman’s Ready Set Read!

Reprinted with permission from:

SDE/Crystal Springs Books
Ten Sharon Road – P.O. Box 577
Peterborough, NH 03458
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