These Compound Word Printables are a great way for kids to practice finding and making compound words. Great printables for literacy centers or stand alone lessons.
What Are Compound Words?
Compound words are made by joining two or more words to create a new word.
These types of words build on exiting knowledge so kids love learning them. They are more successful with compound words because they already know one or both of the small words within the new compound word. Which makes them more successful and feel good about their learning.
Compound Words In The Curriculum
Teaching Compound Words is part of the Language Strand under the Phonics and word knowledge substrand.
To teach compound words students need to learn how digraphs, long vowels, blends and silent letters can be used to spell one and two syllable words including compound words.
Teaching Compound Words
A Compound word is made when two or more words are joined to form a new word and subsequently, a new meaning.
So watch out for kids who cannot see that the new words changes the meaning . e.g black bird has a different meaning to the word blackbird.
Compound words can be written with or without a hyphen, in fact they can be written in three ways:
- as open compounds (spelled as two words, e.g., ice cream),
- closed compounds (joined to form a single word, e.g., doorknob)
- hyphenated compounds (two words joined by a hyphen, e.g., long-term).
Sometimes, more than two words can form a compound (e.g., mother-in-law).
Make sure you select compound words appropriate to your students ability levels.