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Home > Reading Comprehension > Word Parts > (Harry Potter) BENE


  This is another word part that can be connected to fairly common words as well as more challenging ones.


1. Write the word

2. Write what it means

3. Draw a picture to go with it

4. Answer the question about it.


meaning and example

what to draw

question to answer

(you may draw your answer, too)


something that is good or helpful (one of the benefits of eating oranges is getting a lot of Vitamin C); or to do good or to help or to be helped (we would benefit from a vacation; rain would benefit the plants)
For a job, a "benefit" is something that isn't salary, but helps you, such as insurance or sick leave or a retirement fund.
A "benefit" concert is one that is done to raise money for something besides paying the band, such as buying food for the poor.

Someone benefiting from something - label what it is and why it's a benefit

What are three things you would benefit from?


a blessing ("good saying"); for example, what a minister says at the end of a church service

Someone making a benediction

What are three things you could say as a benediction?


Not causing any harm or hurt. For example: a benign cyst

Two animals-- one that is benign and one that is not (label them - they could be the same kind of animal if you want)

What are three things that look dangerous but are benign?


Someone who gives help, especially giving money to a group or a person

A benefactor giving a benefaction

What are three things a benefactor could give money for?


making things good or better (rain is beneficial to plants)

Three things that are beneficial to learning

What are three things that are beneficial to people, and why?


tending to be kind and good. A "benevolent dictator" is one that uses the power of being a dictator and making all the rules to help the people under that dictator's control.

What are three things a benevolent person would do?


showing charity or doing good; for example, giving furniture to the Goodwill is a beneficent thing to do. (Beneficent is more likely to be used to describe one thing; benevolent would be used to describe you if that was the way you usually were.)

Someone doing a beneficent act.

Why would someone do something beneficent?


Someone who receives something good, especially inheriting money or things

a beneficiary of something good

What are three things you would like to be a beneficiary of?

Complete these sentences with the bene - word. Be sure to mix these sentences with words learned in previous lessons.

benefit beneficial

benefit benediction benign benefactor beneficial benevolent beneficent beneficiary

Note: Many of these words are very close in meaning, so think about the exact meaning when you choose between words like "benevolent" and "beneficent" and "benign."

1. It was good news to find out from the doctor that the strange growth was _______________________________ .

2. We always say a special ___________________________ at graduation to wish the best for our graduates.

3. A very kind ______________________________ donated the money to build a new library.

4. She didn't know it, but she was the main ________________________ in her great-aunt's will.

5. I hope that if any beings from another planet visit here, they are ________________________ .

6. The Boy Scouts encourage people to do at least one __________________________ thing each day.

7. Going over my notes every day after class has been very _______________________________ to my grades.

8. One ________________________ of living in Florida is low heating bills.


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