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Build 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.

'Build 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!

Select ALL of the words below which are compound words.

Target

Waffle

Fortune

Powerless

Balcony

Tick all of the words below which are compound words.

Triplet

Plant

Candle

Factor

Solid

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. ​​

 

fortune

   a man throwing money in the air

 

Triplet

Plant

Candle

Factor

Solid

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. ​

 

target

An arrow about to be fired from a bow

Triplet

Plant

Candle

Factor

Solid

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. ​

 

solid

A red cube

Triplet

Plant

Candle

Factor

Solid

Which of the words below could you add to the word ear to make a compound word?

 

an ear

do

wig

man

to

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

 

a scientist stirring a mixture

now

what

by

ring

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

age

den

super

tune

Match the words below to make correct compound words.

Column A

Column B

pass
ground
under
or
ear
wig
fact
fall
water
age

Match the words below to make correct compound words.

 

Column A

Column B

trip
lid
for
less
power
tune
so
ring
stir
let
  • Question 1

Select ALL of the words below which are compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER
Target
Fortune
Powerless
EDDIE SAYS
There were three compound words to find. Tar + get = target For + tune = fortune Power + less = powerless Make sure you tick all of the possible options.
  • Question 2

Tick all of the words below which are compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER
Triplet
Factor
Solid
EDDIE SAYS
There were three compound words to find. Trip + let = triplet Fact + or = factor So + lid = solid
Did that last one catch you out? Did you try to make the words 'sol' and 'id' out of solid - the letter l in the middle does try to trick you into splitting the word after it, but you just need to check that you've actually ended up with two real words at the end!
  • 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. ​​

 

fortune

   a man throwing money in the air

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to leave only one space between the words?
The compound word fortune is made up of the words for and tune. Remember to type the words in the order that they appear in the word. The word fortune means a large amount of money or it means luck. The man in the picture seems to have had both types of good fortune - luck has brought him lots of money!
  • 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. ​

 

target

An arrow about to be fired from a bow

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word target is made up of the words tar and get. Tar is the material often used to make roads.
  • 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. ​

 

solid

A red cube

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word solid is made up of the words so and lid. I know you had this word in a previous question, but it is a hard one, so .... just checking you've got it sorted, word detective!
  • Question 6

Which of the words below could you add to the word ear to make a compound word?

 

an ear

CORRECT ANSWER
wig
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is wig as ear + wig = earwig. An earwig is a small insect, which actually has nothing to do with ears! It helps to write all of the options down to look at them.
The other options do not make real words. Ear + do = eardo - NOT a real word. Ear + man = earman - NOT a real word. Ear + to = earto - NOT a real word.
  • Question 7

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

 

a scientist stirring a mixture

CORRECT ANSWER
ring
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is ring as stir + ring = stirring.
The other options do not make real words: Stir + now = stirnow Stir + what stirwhat Stir + by = stirby
It helps to write the options down so you can look at them.
  • Question 8

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

CORRECT ANSWER
age
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is age as pass + age = passage. This was challenging as we change how we pronounce the two smaller words in the longer word.
The other options did not make real words.
Pass + den = passden - NOT a real word. Pass + super = passsuper - NOT a real word. Pass + tune = passtune - NOT a real word. Are you getting the hang of it now word detective?
  • Question 9

Match the words below to make correct compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

pass
age
under
ground
ear
wig
fact
or
water
fall
EDDIE SAYS
Pass + age = passage Under + ground = underground Ear + wig = earwig Fact + or = factor Water + fall = waterfall If in doubt, try writing out all the options for the words you are not sure about. For example: Fact + age = factage - Not a word. Fact + ground= factground - Not a word. Fact + wig = factwig - Not a word. Fact + fall = factfall - WRONG AGAIN! Fact + or = factor - has to be the correct one!
  • Question 10

Match the words below to make correct compound words.

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

trip
let
for
tune
power
less
so
lid
stir
ring
EDDIE SAYS
Trip + let = triplet For + tune = fortune Power + less = powerless So + lid = solid Stir + ring = stirring Did you get them all? Then you are a superstar word detective! Terrific work!
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