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Join and Divide Simple Compound Words

In this worksheet, students will make compound words by choosing two smaller words that join together to make a longer word. It will develop students' vocabulary and problem solving skills.

'Join and Divide Simple 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?

 

blueberries                                        buttercup                                               pancakes

     blueberries                                                    buttercup                                                           pancakes

 

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.

blue + berries = blueberries

butter + cup = buttercup

pan + cakes = pancakes

 

These words were quick to find as we can hear the two separate words clearly when we say the long word.

 

Can you find the two words that make up the following word?

legend

 

Did you find leg and end?

These were more challenging to find as we pronounce the word leg differently in legend.

 

Which of the following words could you add to the word act to make a compound word?

and - this would make actand

or - this would make actor

either -  this would make acteither

The correct answer is or, as act + or = actor.



In this activity, you will need to be a legend (compound word alert!) and find two words that join together to make a longer word.

Let’s get started!

 

Welcome to the activity, word detective.

Choose ALL of the words below which are compound words.

Remember they are made up of two separate words.

Starfish

Biscuit

Somewhere

Desk

Select ALL of the compound words below.

Remember there could be more than one.

Without

Where

Having

Nearby

Select ALL the words below that are compound words.

Nobody

Weekend

Door

Mirror

This is a different sort of question this time.

Type in the two separate words that the compound word below is made up of.

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

 

eyeball                                         

 

Nobody

Weekend

Door

Mirror

Type in the two separate words that the compound word below is made up of.

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

 

 

babysitter

                    

Nobody

Weekend

Door

Mirror

Type in the separate words that make the compound word below.

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

 

saucepan

 

Nobody

Weekend

Door

Mirror

Which word below could you add to the word ham to make a compound word?

 

 

sandwich

burger

day

Which word below could you add to the word water to make a compound word?

 

fall

day

one

Which word below can you add to the word book to make a compound word?

 

now

shelf

page

Which word below can you add to the word after to make a compound word?

now

two

noon

  • Question 1

Welcome to the activity, word detective.

Choose ALL of the words below which are compound words.

Remember they are made up of two separate words.

CORRECT ANSWER
Starfish
Somewhere
EDDIE SAYS
Starfish is a compound word as it is made up of the words star and fish. Somewhere is a compound word as it is made up of the words some and where. How did you get on with this first one? Did you think that biscuit might be one because it is made up of two syllables? It can sometimes be tricky to see the difference, but the key to it is to ask yourself " Is the word made up of two real words?" In the case of biscuit, the syllables 'bis' and 'cuit' are not actually words. Did you get tricked, word detective?
  • Question 2

Select ALL of the compound words below.

Remember there could be more than one.

CORRECT ANSWER
Without
Nearby
EDDIE SAYS
Without and nearby are compound words. With + out = without Near + by = nearby The other two words are not made up of separate words so they can't be correct. Are you getting the idea?
  • Question 3

Select ALL the words below that are compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER
Nobody
Weekend
EDDIE SAYS
Nobody and weekend are compound words. No + body = nobody Week + end = weekend The words door and mirror are useful words, but not compound words because they are not made up of real words.
  • Question 4

This is a different sort of question this time.

Type in the two separate words that the compound word below is made up of.

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

 

eyeball                                         

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to write the words in the correct order?
The compound word eyeball is made up of eye and ball. Sounds rather disgusting, doesn't it - best not to think about it too much, I say!
  • Question 5

Type in the two separate words that the compound word below is made up of.

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

 

 

babysitter

                    

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you write the words in the correct order? The compound word babysitter is made up of the words baby and sitter. It's a strange word really, since looking after a baby rarely allows much time for sitting!
  • Question 6

Type in the separate words that make the compound word below.

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

 

saucepan

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Don't forget that they need to be written in the correct order! The compound word saucepan is made up of the words sauce and pan. We can use the original word to help us with the spellings. You're doing really well with these, word detective - not many more to solve in this activity.
  • Question 7

Which word below could you add to the word ham to make a compound word?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
burger
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is hamburger. Hamburger = ham + burger.
We can have a ham sandwich but this would be written as two separate words, not a compound word so it would not be a correct answer here.
  • Question 8

Which word below could you add to the word water to make a compound word?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
fall
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is waterfall. Water + fall = waterfall. This is the only correct answer, although I do like the sound of 'waterday' - could be a lot of fun!
  • Question 9

Which word below can you add to the word book to make a compound word?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
shelf
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is bookshelf. Book + shelf = bookshelf. The words page and book are connected but they do not join together to make a compound word.
  • Question 10

Which word below can you add to the word after to make a compound word?

CORRECT ANSWER
noon
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is afternoon. After + noon = afternoon. Well done, word detective - you have completed this worksheet!
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