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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!

Here we go, word detective!

Choose all of the words below which are compound words.

Remember that compound words are made up of two separate words.

Somewhere

Now

Radiator

Grasshopper

Tick ALL of the compound words below.

Remember there may be more than one.

Table

Seashore

Elephant

Hometown

Select ALL of the compound words below.

Forget

Sofa

Moreover

Candle

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. ​

 

uphill

a cyclist going up a steep hill

Forget

Sofa

Moreover

Candle

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. ​​

 

daydream

a child daydreaming

Forget

Sofa

Moreover

Candle

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

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

 

grandchild

A granny with her grandchildren

Forget

Sofa

Moreover

Candle

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

 

water being poured into a glass

man

one

proof

now

Which word below could you add to note to make a compound word?

 

a notepad and pen

door

super

cup

book

Which word below could you add to candle to make a compound word?

 

a burning candle

light

table

one

spoon

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

 

a training shoe

there

some

lace

super

  • Question 1

Here we go, word detective!

Choose all of the words below which are compound words.

Remember that compound words are made up of two separate words.

CORRECT ANSWER
Somewhere
Grasshopper
EDDIE SAYS
Somewhere and grasshopper are both compound words. Some + where = somewhere Grass + hopper = grasshopper The other two are not compound words - even though the word radiator is made up of more than one syllable, the different parts of the word are not real words.
  • Question 2

Tick ALL of the compound words below.

Remember there may be more than one.

CORRECT ANSWER
Seashore
Hometown
EDDIE SAYS
Both seashore and hometown are compound words. Sea + shore = seashore Home + town = hometown
Did you get these? The key to it is to remember that the different parts of the longer word must include real words for it to be a compound word. Great work, detective!
  • Question 3

Select ALL of the compound words below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Forget
Moreover
EDDIE SAYS
The compound words are forget and moreover. For + get = forget More + over = moreover The word candle does have one smaller word in it - can - but the second part of the word (dle) is not a real word.
  • Question 4

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. ​

 

uphill

a cyclist going up a steep hill

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to write the words in the correct order? Hillup is not a word after all! The compound word uphill is made up of the words up and hill. We can use the original word to help with our spelling.
This 'uphill' looks like really hard work!
  • Question 5

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. ​​

 

daydream

a child daydreaming

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word daydream is made up of the words day and dream. This child looks very happy - I wonder what the daydream is? Could it be the thought of completing those 11+ exams?!
  • Question 6

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

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

 

grandchild

A granny with her grandchildren

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word grandchild is made up of the words grand and child. Did you type the words in the correct order? Are you getting on alright with these, word detective?
  • Question 7

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

 

water being poured into a glass

CORRECT ANSWER
proof
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is proof as water + proof = waterproof. If something is waterproof it keeps the water out, like a waterproof coat.
  • Question 8

Which word below could you add to note to make a compound word?

 

a notepad and pen

CORRECT ANSWER
book
EDDIE SAYS
The correct word is book as note + book = notebook. You've nearly completed this activity superstar!
  • Question 9

Which word below could you add to candle to make a compound word?

 

a burning candle

CORRECT ANSWER
light
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is light as candle + light = candlelight. Last one coming up!
  • Question 10

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

 

a training shoe

CORRECT ANSWER
lace
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is lace as shoe + lace = shoelace.
Another worksheet ticked off, word detective! Great detecting skills!
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