The other day we read Skot Caldwell’s blog. His 4th and 5th grade students had been on an investigation similar to one we had been on — that of collecting evidence to prove whether or not <tion> and/or <sion> were suffixes. His students worked in partners, each investigating a word that had either <tion> or <sion> as the last four letters.
Neither of our classes could find a word in which <tion> or <sion> was the suffix. Until we do, we must rely on the data we have collected. And the data that Mr. Caldwell’s class and our class has gathered suggests that <tion> and <sion> are syllables and NOT suffixes. In every case investigated we found the suffix to be <ion>.
We decided to create the following video to share with others what we have learned about the <tion> and <sion> suffixes. It is presented as a game show. Prepare to be entertained and educated!
In presenting their findings, Mr. Caldwell’s students created some colorful and interesting posters. My students enjoyed them and are looking to create similar ones with the investigations we started today. One might consider what we did today similar to a “free day” in art. Students could work alone or in pairs and could choose any word they wanted to investigate! It was a charged environment! Several students ran over to the “Wonder Wall” (where students list words they wonder about but don’t have time to investigate) to choose a word. Others had words in mind. I don’t remember all of the words investigated today, but a few of them were platypus, hallelujah, containment, yesterday, forensic, and sycophant. We’re hoping to conclude these investigations tomorrow and to begin posters similar to those in Mr. Caldwell’s class.