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Year 2 - Prefix dis

This 'Prefix dis' spelling quiz introduces KS1 children in Year 2 to words that can follow these three letters. These words are an addition to the spellings suggested in the National Curriculum.

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If you like something, you can say ‘I like it’ if you don’t like something you can add ‘dis’ to the beginning of the word and say ‘I dislike it’. These three letters change the meaning of the word. Test your knowledge on spellings with the prefix dis.

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  1. What happens to a word when you add 'dis' to the beginning?
    Adding 'dis' to a word changes it from meaning one thing to meaning the complete opposite.
  2. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of able?
    You do not need to add a hyphen to show the connection.
  3. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of connect?
    If you disconnect something, you separate it.
  4. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of honest?
    Sometimes when people lie, they cross their fingers.
  5. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of used?
    The spelling of the word used stays the same; all you need to do is add 'dis'.
  6. Which of these words that begin with 'dis' is spelt incorrectly?
    These are all words that start with 'dis' but these three letters are not used as a prefix because you can't separate dis from the root word.
  7. Which word can you not put 'dis' in front of?
    You can't add 'dis' onto any word. This prefix can only go before certain words.
  8. Which of these words doesn't show 'dis' as a prefix but instead as part of a word?
    Distant is a word but 'tant' isn't - here the letters 'dis' are not used as a prefix.
  9. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of trust?
    There are some words that also start with 'dis' but the 'dis' isn't used as a prefix. These words are often negative words, such as words that aren't about happy things. Just like when you say you distrust somebody - that is considered a negative word.
  10. Which spelling is correct when saying the opposite of appear?
    If you write something in sand, the sea will wash it away making it disappear.

Author: Finola Waller

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