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Building Compound Words (Including Roots)

In this worksheet, students will make compound words by choosing two smaller words that join together to make a longer word. They will learn to find words which are pronounced differently to the separate word components.

'Building Compound Words (Including Roots)' 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?


 

blueberries                                          a field of buttercups                                                a pile of 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!

Ready to begin, word detective?

 

Tick ALL of the words which are compound words below.

Legend

Matrix

Another

Table

Waterfall

Choose ALL of the words which are compound words below.

Handsome

Canon

Candle

Sofa

Bargain

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. ​

 

cargo

a big truck

Handsome

Canon

Candle

Sofa

Bargain

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

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

 

slither

a coiled snake

Handsome

Canon

Candle

Sofa

Bargain

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. ​​

 

knowledge

a teacher pointing

Handsome

Canon

Candle

Sofa

Bargain

Which word could you add to the word do to make a compound word?

now

you

nation

be

Which of the following words can we add to the word act to make a compound word?

 

 

now

leaf

or

one

Which of the following words can we add to the word car to make a compound word?

There is more than one correct answer.

 

 a red sports car

pet

go

drive

ton

steer

Match the words below to make correct compound words.

Column A

Column B

leg
gain
know
ledge
car
end
slit
pet
bar
her

And finally...

Match the words below to make correct compound words.

Column A

Column B

water
fall
act
on
hand
her
can
some
feat
or
  • Question 1

Ready to begin, word detective?

 

Tick ALL of the words which are compound words below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Legend
Another
Waterfall
EDDIE SAYS
There were three compound words to select. Legend = leg + end Another = an + other Waterfall = water + fall Did you get them all? You might have considered the word matrix because it starts with the word mat - but it doesn't work because the second part of the word 'rix' is not a true word.
  • Question 2

Choose ALL of the words which are compound words below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Handsome
Canon
Bargain
EDDIE SAYS
There were three compound words to find. Handsome = hand + some Canon = can + on Bargain = bar + gain Did you get the word bargain - it is a harder one because the letters 'gain' in bargain are pronounced differently to the word gain. Also, the word canon is a homophone as it can be spelt cannon or canon. Look these two words up in the dictionary if you are unsure what they mean as this is a top detective skill.
  • 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. ​

 

cargo

a big truck

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word cargo is made up of the words car and go. Remember to type the words in the order that they appear in the word. The word cargo means the goods carried by a ship, plane or lorry.
  • Question 4

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

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

 

slither

a coiled snake

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to write the words in the correct order?
This was a challenging one as the two words sound completely different to the original word. Slither = slit + her. Look at the spelling of the word carefully to see where you can split it into two separate words. Well done if you got this one detective!
  • 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. ​​

 

knowledge

a teacher pointing

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word knowledge is made up of the words know and ledge. We pronounce both of the words differently in the compound word, which makes it quite hard. Is this testing your detective skills?
  • Question 6

Which word could you add to the word do to make a compound word?

CORRECT ANSWER
nation
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is nation. Do + nation = donation. A donation is something that is given to charity. As we pronounce these words differently it may help to write your options down and see which one looks like a real word.
Do + now = donow - NOT a real word. Do + you = doyou - NOT a real word. Do + be = dobe - NOT a real word. Do + nation = donation - YAY, a real word!
  • Question 7

Which of the following words can we add to the word act to make a compound word?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
or
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is or as act + or = actor. Act + now = actnow - NOT a real compound word. Act + leaf = actleaf - NOT a real compound word. Act + one = actone - NOT a real compound word. Are you getting the hang of this, word detective?
  • Question 8

Which of the following words can we add to the word car to make a compound word?

There is more than one correct answer.

 

 a red sports car

CORRECT ANSWER
pet
go
ton
EDDIE SAYS
Wow, there were three correct options there!
Car + pet = carpet - REAL word Car + go = cargo - REAL word Car + drive = cardrive - NOT a real word Car + ton = carton - REAL word Car + steer = carsteer - NOT a real word
Who knew so many words began with the word car! Are you remembering to write down all the options?
  • Question 9

Match the words below to make correct compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

leg
end
know
ledge
car
pet
slit
her
bar
gain
EDDIE SAYS
Leg + end = legend Know + ledge = knowledge Car + pet = carpet Slit + her = slither Bar + Gain = bargain
If you write your options down, it can help to see if they make real compound words or not.
Great work here!
  • Question 10

And finally...

Match the words below to make correct compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

water
fall
act
or
hand
some
can
on
feat
her
EDDIE SAYS
Water + fall = waterfall Act + or = actor Hand + some = handsome Can + on = canon Feat + her= feather How did you do with that last one? Have you heard of the word 'feat'? You have just achieved a great 'feat' by reaching the end of this activity - it means something tricky that you deserve to be proud of. If you find one of the words hard, then try matching it with all the other options until you get a word that works:
Feat + fall = featfall Feat + or = feator Feat + some - featsome Feat + on = featon Feat + her = feather - YES, this one is correct!!
Excellent word skills!
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