# 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.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Compound Words

Difficulty level:

### 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

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

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

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

Triplet

Plant

Candle

Factor

Solid

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

do

wig

man

to

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

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 B

pass
ground
under
wig
ear
age
fact
or
water
fall

Match the words below to make correct compound words.

## Column B

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

Select ALL of the words below which are compound words.

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.

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

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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.

## 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.

## 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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