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Compound Word Printables {Literacy Center Must Haves}

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.

Compound Word Printables For second grade

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:

  1. as open compounds (spelled as two words, e.g., ice cream),
  2. closed compounds (joined to form a single word, e.g., doorknob)
  3. 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.

Compound Words Activities & Printables

Check out these awesome printables, games and teacher worksheets. We made so many so that you had plenty of activities to let your kids get the practice with compound words.

compound words printables frogs & flies
This Frogs & Flies Worksheet is a fun practice activity for building compound words. Feed the frog a file by drawing a long tongue to the word that makes a compound pair!
Compound word Building Worksheet Pizza themed image
Cut, match and stick the pizza halves to build a pizza compound word. Fun compound worksheet activity!
Compound Words Brick Masters Worksheets product image
Cut, match and stick the bricks to build compound words. Fun Brick Masters compound word worksheets activity!
Compound Word Worksheets Racing Car themed product image
Dab the correct trophy to make a compound word for each racing car driver. This fun worksheet contains dual spelling versions.

Compound Word B & W A-Z Student Booklet

Compound Word Literacy Center 270 Words

Monster Spin Compound Word Games

Compound Word Classroom Posters
This A-Z list of Compound Words is a great visual of the most popular compound words for kids. It's been colour coded so the two words can be see within the new word. (list from "The Complete Phonic Handbook" Diana Hope)
Compound Word student books
B&W Version of the A-Z Compound Poster. Created to be printed for trace & wipe center activities or individual student booklets.
compound word Spring Literacy centers
Over 250 Compound Words to Make with these bright Spring Flower Themed Literacy Centers.
compound word spinner games for kids
3 Fun Monster themed spinner games for making compound words. This game will help your kids understand how two words can be joined together to form a new word with a different meaning or a compound word. Includes 3 games (total 81 compound words) Student sheets and answers.

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