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Build and Split Compound Words

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.

'Build and Split Compound Words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Compound Words

Difficulty level:  

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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!

Here's a wonderful activity to test your detective skills!

 

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. ​

 

windmill

 windmill

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. ​

 

anybody

Which two separate words is the compound word below made up of?

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

 

himself

Underline the compound word in the sentence below.

 

It was really sunny today.

How are we doing, word detective? 

 

Underline the compound words in the sentence below.

There may be more than one.

 

There must be a skateboard somewhere.

Underline ALL the compound words in the sentence below.

 

Grandmother bought me another butterfly for my birthday.

Which of the following words goes after grass to make a compound word?

 

word

thing

hopper

Which of the following words goes after be to make a compound word?

came

in

now

Match the words below to make compound words.

Column A

Column B

be
cause
fire
snake
rattle
works

You've reached the end of this activity, phew...!

 

Match the words below to make compound words.

Column A

Column B

back
prints
foot
out
with
ward
  • Question 1

Here's a wonderful activity to test your detective skills!

 

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. ​

 

windmill

 windmill

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to write the words in the correct order?
The compound word windmill is made up of the words wind and mill. We don't often see this type of windmill today, but often see the modern version which are used to make electricity and are called wind turbines. If this is a new word for you, then make a note of it - that's what all the best word detectives do!
  • 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. ​

 

anybody

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to write the words in the correct order?
The compound word anybody is made up of the words any and body. We can use the original words to help us with the spellings. No picture for this one because how could we show 'anybody'?!
  • Question 3

Which two separate words is the compound word below made up of?

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

 

himself

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word himself is made up of the words him and self. Not surprising really, is it? There are lots of compound words that can be made from the word 'self' - myself, yourself, herself - the list goes on.
  • Question 4

Underline the compound word in the sentence below.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
It was really sunny today.
EDDIE SAYS
Today is a compound word as it is made up of the words to and day. Did the sunny picture trick you into writing 'sunny'? That word is made up of two syllables 'sun' and 'ny', but the sound 'ny' isn't a word so it isn't a compound word.
  • Question 5

How are we doing, word detective? 

 

Underline the compound words in the sentence below.

There may be more than one.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
There must be a skateboard somewhere.
EDDIE SAYS
There are two compound words in this sentence.
Skateboard = skate + board Somewhere = some + where
Did that catch you out? There are so many compound words around us so we need to be alert, word detectives!
Remember to underline all of the compound words.
  • Question 6

Underline ALL the compound words in the sentence below.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Grandmother bought me another butterfly for my birthday.
EDDIE SAYS
There were four compound words in this sentence! Did you get them all? Grandmother = grand + mother Another = an + other Butterfly = butter + fly Birthday = birth + day Remember to check each sentence several times to make sure you haven't missed any.
  • Question 7

Which of the following words goes after grass to make a compound word?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
hopper
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is hopper as grass + hopper = grasshopper. A grasshopper is an insect that lives in the grass and likes to jump a lot! So a good name for it really!
  • Question 8

Which of the following words goes after be to make a compound word?

CORRECT ANSWER
came
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is came as be + came = became. The word became is the past tense of the verb become as in the sentence: "I did so many activities, that I became very good at finding compound words!'
  • Question 9

Match the words below to make compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

be
cause
fire
works
rattle
snake
EDDIE SAYS
Be + cause = because Fire + works = fireworks Rattle + snake = rattlesnake Did you get them all right? I'm glad that 'firesnake' is not a correct answer - sounds pretty scary to me!
  • Question 10

You've reached the end of this activity, phew...!

 

Match the words below to make compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

back
ward
foot
prints
with
out
EDDIE SAYS
Back + ward = backward Foot + prints = footprints With + out = without How did you do with these? There is also a phrase 'back out', but these are two separate words and not a compound word, so it would have been incorrect.
Well done for getting to the end of the activity, super word spotter!
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