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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:  

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!

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. 

 

overexcited

 

Now don't get overexcited - it's only another fun question for you to get your teeth into.

 

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. ​​

 

mousetrap

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. ​

 

milkshake

Underline the compound word in the sentence below.

The rosebud was not yet in bloom.

Underline the compound word in the sentence below.

 

Daisy played a song on the keyboard.

Underline the compound word in the sentence below.

 

The lighthouse was tall.

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

day

ache

nose

down

Which of the following words can be added after the word care to make a compound word?

taker

door

plug

now

Nearly there, word detective!

 

Match the words below to make compound words.

Column A

Column B

life
ground
under
time
after
noon

Join the words below to make compound words.

Column A

Column B

home
get
pass
made
for
port
  • Question 1

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. 

 

overexcited

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to write the words in the correct order?
The compound word overexcited is made up of the words over and excited. This describes the way we might feel at the thought of doing activities on compound words! Or maybe, more accurately, the way we might feel on the night before our birthday at the thought of what tomorrow brings!
  • Question 2

Now don't get overexcited - it's only another fun question for you to get your teeth into.

 

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. ​​

 

mousetrap

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to write the words in the correct order?
The compound word mousetrap is made up of the words mouse and trap. Use the spelling of the compound word to help you with the spelling of the two smaller words. Now, quick, on to the next one, 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. ​

 

milkshake

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word milkshake is made up of the words milk and shake. If you chose to have a strawberry milkshake, you would be drinking TWO compound words since the word 'strawberry' is also a compound word - as well as being delicious!
  • Question 4

Underline the compound word in the sentence below.

CORRECT ANSWER
The rosebud was not yet in bloom.
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is rosebud. Rose + bud = rosebud. Do you know what a rosebud is? It is simply a rose that hasn't opened out yet - with a bit more sunshine (compound word!), it should open soon.
  • Question 5

Underline the compound word in the sentence below.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Daisy played a song on the keyboard.
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word was keyboard. Key + board = keyboard. There are two different sorts of keyboard that you may have come across - one for making music (as in the picture above where Daisy is playing the piano), and the other which is connected to a computer.
  • Question 6

Underline the compound word in the sentence below.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The lighthouse was tall.
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word was lighthouse. Light + house = lighthouse. Do you know what a lighthouse is? Look it up in a dictionary if you're not sure - that's what all the best word detectives would do!
  • Question 7

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

CORRECT ANSWER
ache
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is ache. Head + ache = headache. I hope this activity isn't giving you a headache! You could also make the phrase 'head down' as in the sentence: "He is keeping his head down." But that is two words so we can't choose it as a compound word.
  • Question 8

Which of the following words can be added after the word care to make a compound word?

CORRECT ANSWER
taker
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is taker. Care + taker = caretaker A caretaker is someone who looks after a building or a piece of land - your school will have a caretaker who looks after the buildings and keeps them looking good.
  • Question 9

Nearly there, word detective!

 

Match the words below to make compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

life
time
under
ground
after
noon
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on with these? You should have got : Life + time = lifetime Under + ground = underground After + noon = afternoon These are the only ones that work as compound words, although you could have the phrase 'after time' which is two separate words.
  • Question 10

Join the words below to make compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

home
made
pass
port
for
get
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, you got these sorted into three compound words that made sense! You should have got: Home + made = homemade Pass + port = passport For + get = forget. Try not to forget those detecting skills you've learned in these activities! Terrific work, super word spotter!
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