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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.

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'Build Compound Words (Including Different Pronunciations)' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Compound Words

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

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?



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.

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