Curly caterpillar letters and the suffix -ly
Home learning focus
To understand how to correctly form curly caterpillar letters and use them in sentences that also contain the suffix -ly. This lesson includes:
a video introduction to curly caterpillar letters
a video about the suffix -ly
three activities to do at home
Watch this short video below to find out about curly caterpillar letters.
There are nine caterpillar letters in total. They are: s, o, q, c, e, a, f, g and d.
They all start by looping from the top and then curl out. Some of these letters have straight lines too.
A suffix is a letter or group of letters that attach to the end of a word and changes the word's meaning. An example of a suffix is -ly, which, when added to the end of a word, is used to describe a verb.
Watch the short video below to find out more.
You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.
Activity 1: Hunting for curly caterpillar letters
Take a piece of paper draw nine big boxes.
- At the top of each box, write each of the curly caterpillar letters.
- Go on a hunt around your house or garden and see how many items you can spot that start with each letter.
- Write each item down in the correct box as you go.
- Once you've finished you can decorate each box by drawing some of the items.
Activity 2: Do you know the suffix -ly?
Try this quick quiz to see how well you understand the suffix -ly.
Activity 3: Writing pirate rules
Imagine you are a pirate.
Create a list of rules you always follow in order to be the best pirate in the world.
- Make sure your sentences use capital letters and correct punctuation.
- Use words that contain the suffix -ly to explain your rules.
Here are examples to help you:
Always dress smartly.
Walk the plank slowly.