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Build Compound Words (Including Different Pronunciations)

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 Different Pronunciations)' 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                                        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!

Here we go, word detective!

 

Underline all of the compound words in the sentence below.

 

a hand with a bandage on it

Jack needed a bandage after he was bitten by the hamster.

Underline all of the compound words in the sentence below.

 

 tropical island

Max was the caretaker of the island.

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. ​

 

postage

  a red pillar box

Max was the caretaker of the island.

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. 

 

cupboard        

Max was the caretaker of the island.

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. ​

 

bandit

 A robber opening a safe.

 

Max was the caretaker of the island.

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

 

a girl writing with chalk on a blackboard

car

key

day

two

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

 

a big beach ball

one

no

eye

now

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

 

A cloud with raindrops coming out

eat

jump

coat

rest

Match the words below to make compound words.

Column A

Column B

rest
rain
eye
ball
post
other
an
age
key
board

Match the words below to make compound words.

Column A

Column B

band
land
care
board
bit
it
is
ten
cup
taker
  • Question 1

Here we go, word detective!

 

Underline all of the compound words in the sentence below.

 

a hand with a bandage on it

CORRECT ANSWER
Jack needed a bandage after he was bitten by the hamster.
EDDIE SAYS
There were two compound words in this sentence: Band + age = bandage Bit + ten = bitten Did you think hamster might be one because it started with the word ham? Remember that all parts of the word need to be real words and the letters 'ster' don't make a real word. Next one coming up!
  • Question 2

Underline all of the compound words in the sentence below.

 

 tropical island

CORRECT ANSWER
Max was the caretaker of the island.
EDDIE SAYS
There were two compound words in the sentence: Caretaker = care + taker Island = is + land Island is a challenging one as we pronounce the compound word differently to the two smaller words. Knowing that it is a compound word could actually help you to learn how to spell the word island - it contains the word 'is'.
  • 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. ​

 

postage

  a red pillar box

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to write the words in the correct order?
The compound word postage is made up of the words post and age. The word age is pronounced differently in the compound word, which can be confusing.
  • 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. 

 

cupboard        

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word cupboard is made up of the words cup and board. These were more challenging to spot as both words are pronounced differently in the full word. Well done if you found them both.
  • 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. ​

 

bandit

 A robber opening a safe.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word bandit is made up of the words band and it. A bandit is a robber belonging to a gang of other robbers. Some of the most famous bandits are Billy the Kid and Butch Cassidy. Look them up if you want to find out more about them.
  • Question 6

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

 

a girl writing with chalk on a blackboard

CORRECT ANSWER
key
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is key as key + board = keyboard. This could either be a musical keyboard, like a piano, or a computer keyboard.
The other words do not make correct compound words: Car + board = carboard - NOT a real word. It does look similar to the word 'cardboard' so don't get caught out. Day + board = dayboard - NOT a real word. Two + board = twoboard - NOT a real word.
  • Question 7

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

 

a big beach ball

CORRECT ANSWER
eye
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is eye as eye + ball = eyeball.
The other word combinations do not make correct compound words: One + ball = oneball - NOT a real word. No + ball = noball - NOT a real word. Now + ball = nowball - NOT a real word.
  • Question 8

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

 

A cloud with raindrops coming out

CORRECT ANSWER
rest
EDDIE SAYS
This was a hard one - did it catch you out? Did you try to put the word rain BEFORE the word coat to make raincoat! The correct answer is rest as rest + rain = restrain. Restrain means to hold back and prevent someone from doing something.
Again, this is one where the two separate words do not sound like the compound word so it might be helpful to try writing out all the different options to see which one makes sense. The other options do not make correct compound words: Eat + rain = eatrain - NOT a real word. Jump + rain = jumprain - NOT a real word. Coat + rain = coatrain - NOT a real word.
  • Question 9

Match the words below to make compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

rest
rain
eye
ball
post
age
an
other
key
board
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get all the matching pairs, word detective? They should be: Rest + rain = restrain Eye + ball = eyeball Post + age = postage An + other = another Key + board = keyboard
  • Question 10

Match the words below to make compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

band
it
care
taker
bit
ten
is
land
cup
board
EDDIE SAYS
Well, you've reached the end of another activity. How did you get on - did you end on a high? Here's the correct answers: Band + it = bandit Care + taker = caretaker Bit + ten = bitten Is + land = island Cup + board = cupboard Terrific detecting skills!
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