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Join Word Pairs

In this worksheet, students will identify the words within a compound word and state the compound word made by separate words. It will develop students' vocabulary and problem solving skills.

'Join Word Pairs' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Compound Words

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

What do we have here word detective?  

Can you help us solve this challenge?


 

What do the words below have in common?


 

       teapot                           popcorn                       bedroom

               teapot                                            popcorn                                    bedroom


 

They are all made up of two smaller words!

These words are called compound words and are made when smaller words join together to make a longer word.

tea pot = teapot

pop corn = popcorn

bed room = bedroom


 

Can you be a superhero (compound word alert!) and identify the compound words from the pictures below?


footprint                                        armchair


 

Many compound words begin with the word some.

some + thing = something

some + one = someone

some + where = somewhere


 

Can you think of any other compound words beginning with some?


 

In this activity, you will need to be a superstar spotter and find two words that join together to make a longer word.

Let's get started!

Welcome to another exciting activity, word detective! 

Type in the two separate words which make this compound word.

Make sure you write the words in the correct order to be marked correctly. ​

 

blackberry 

blackberry on a pile of pancakes

 

(You can ignore the pile of pancakes in the picture - or try to anyway - yummy!)

Type in the two separate words which make the compound word below.

Make sure you write the words in the correct order to be marked correctly. ​

 

fireplace  

 

Type in the two separate words which make the compound word below.

Make sure you write the words in the correct order to be marked correctly. ​

 

toothbrush

Underline the compound word in the sentence below.

 

There was a beautiful rainbow in the sky.

Underline the compound word in the sentence below.

 

I watched the pretty snowflake fall on the ground.

Underline the compound word in the sentence below.

 

popcorn

We ate some popcorn at the cinema.

Which of the following words comes after the word green to make a compound word?

blue

house

garden

Nearly there, word detective!

Which of the following words comes after jelly to make a compound word?

dessert

pink

fish

Match the words below to make compound words.

Column A

Column B

straw
light
spot
cake
cup
berry

Match the words below to make compound words.

Column A

Column B

moon
ball
book
light
foot
shelf
  • Question 1

Welcome to another exciting activity, word detective! 

Type in the two separate words which make this compound word.

Make sure you write the words in the correct order to be marked correctly. ​

 

blackberry 

blackberry on a pile of pancakes

 

(You can ignore the pile of pancakes in the picture - or try to anyway - yummy!)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to write the words in the correct order?
The words black and berry combine to make the compound word blackberry. Remember to type the words in the order that they appear in the word. The blackberry is sitting on top of a pile of pancakes - did you spot that pancakes is another compound word (pan cakes)?
  • Question 2

Type in the two separate words which make the compound word below.

Make sure you write the words in the correct order to be marked correctly. ​

 

fireplace  

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word fireplace is made up of the words fire and place. Use the original word above to help with your spelling. Did you remember to write the words in the correct order? You're doing great, word detective.
  • Question 3

Type in the two separate words which make the compound word below.

Make sure you write the words in the correct order to be marked correctly. ​

 

toothbrush

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word toothbrush is made up of the words tooth and brush. Did you spot that there is another compound word in the picture too - toothpaste!! Great detecting!
  • Question 4

Underline the compound word in the sentence below.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
There was a beautiful rainbow in the sky.
EDDIE SAYS
The only compound word in the sentence is rainbow, as it is made up of the words rain and bow. Did you spot that one?
  • Question 5

Underline the compound word in the sentence below.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
I watched the pretty snowflake fall on the ground.
EDDIE SAYS
The word snowflake is the only compound word in the sentence. Snowflake is made up of snow and flake - which means that they are literally flakes of snow.
  • Question 6

Underline the compound word in the sentence below.

 

popcorn

CORRECT ANSWER
We ate some popcorn at the cinema.
EDDIE SAYS
Popcorn is a compound word make up of the words pop and corn. Have you ever seen anyone make popcorn - you can see the pieces of corn actually popping as they cook - lots of fun!
  • Question 7

Which of the following words comes after the word green to make a compound word?

CORRECT ANSWER
house
EDDIE SAYS
If we put the words green and house together, we get greenhouse. The other words don't work - even though your garden might be very green, it is only describing your garden and it is not a compound word.
  • Question 8

Nearly there, word detective!

Which of the following words comes after jelly to make a compound word?

CORRECT ANSWER
fish
EDDIE SAYS
The words jelly and fish join together to make jellyfish. This is the only option that works, even though the other choices sound much more delicious!
  • Question 9

Match the words below to make compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

straw
berry
spot
light
cup
cake
EDDIE SAYS
Straw + berry=strawberry Spot + light = spotlight Cup + cake = cupcake Excellent word detecting here!
  • Question 10

Match the words below to make compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

moon
light
book
shelf
foot
ball
EDDIE SAYS
Moon + light = moonlight Book + shelf = bookshelf Foot + ball = football There is one other compound word that could be made from these words and that is the word 'footlight' which is the type of lights that are used in a theatre to light up the stage. However, if we made that word instead of football, that would leave us with the word 'moonball' which wouldn't work, so the only option that works is the one given above.
Fantastic work, super word spotter!
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