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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:  

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!

Right then, word detective, let's get started!

 

Select all of the words below which are compound words.

Rosebud

Breathe

Chestnut

Lorry

Headdress

Choose all of the words which are compound words below.

Curtain

Peppermint

Carrot

Windy

Mousetrap

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. ​​

 

nightgown 

Curtain

Peppermint

Carrot

Windy

Mousetrap

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. 

 

endless

 

Curtain

Peppermint

Carrot

Windy

Mousetrap

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. 

 

armour

a Roman soldier in his armour

Curtain

Peppermint

Carrot

Windy

Mousetrap

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

 

a camera

take

picture

copy

mat

in

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

 

a large rat

eye

beard

him

her

when

Which of the following words can you add after the word tea to make a compound word?

 

a teapot and teacup full of tea

necklace

ring

toe

now

Match the words below to make valid compound words.

Column A

Column B

rose
mint
chest
nut
head
dress
pepper
bud
car
rot

Match the words below to make valid compound words.

Column A

Column B

mouse
less
night
trap
end
our
arm
copy
photo
gown
  • Question 1

Right then, word detective, let's get started!

 

Select all of the words below which are compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER
Rosebud
Chestnut
Headdress
EDDIE SAYS
The compound words are rosebud, chestnut and headdress. Rose + bud = rosebud Chest + nut = chestnut Head + dress = headdress A headdress is a fancy decoration that you wear on your head. If you've not come across this word before, why not check out some pictures on the internet or in a book to see some of the amazing types of headdress that are worn by people all over the world.
  • Question 2

Choose all of the words which are compound words below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Peppermint
Carrot
Mousetrap
EDDIE SAYS
The compound words are peppermint, carrot and mousetrap. Pepper + mint = peppermint Car + rot = carrot Mouse + trap = mousetrap If you thought that windy might be one because it contained the word wind, then remind yourself of the number one rule of compound words - ALL the component words must be REAL words and the letter 'y' is not a word on its own!
  • 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. ​​

 

nightgown 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to write the words in the correct order? The answer is : Night + gown = nightgown. A nightgown is a rather old-fashioned word for a nightdress or nightie. In fact, in early Victorian times, both girls and boys would wear nightgowns in bed because pyjamas weren't around then.
  • 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. 

 

endless

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
End + less = endless Endless means neverending and is usually used to talk about something that is dull and boring, that seems to go on and on - definitely not how you would be describing this lovely activity!
  • 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. 

 

armour

a Roman soldier in his armour

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Arm + our = armour.
The word our sounds very different in armour, so make sure that you look at the spelling of the longer word to help find the two separate words.
  • Question 6

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

 

a camera

CORRECT ANSWER
copy
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is photocopy. Photo + copy = photocopy. None of the other words would make sense here. If you are not sure what photocopy means, then look it up in a dictionary - remember that this is one of the word detective's most useful tools.
  • Question 7

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

 

a large rat

CORRECT ANSWER
her
EDDIE SAYS
This is a hard one - did you get it right?
Rat + her = rather
The full word sounds very different to the compound word. Imagine the two separate words next to each other in your head to check if they make a real word. Or you could try writing all the different options to see if you can make a real word: Rat + eye = rateye - not a real word. Rat + beard = ratbeard - not a real word. Rat + him = rathim - not a real word. Rat + her = rather - YES - that's the one! Rat + when = ratwhen - not a real word.
  • Question 8

Which of the following words can you add after the word tea to make a compound word?

 

a teapot and teacup full of tea

CORRECT ANSWER
ring
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is tearing because tea + ring = tearing.
That was really quite tricky wasn't it? The word tearing sounds completely different to the two separate words. Make sure you visualise the pairs of words in your head, or write down all the different options and read each one of the different combinations very carefully to see which one makes a real word.
  • Question 9

Match the words below to make valid compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

rose
bud
chest
nut
head
dress
pepper
mint
car
rot
EDDIE SAYS
Rose + bud = rosebud Chest + nut = chestnut Head + dress = headdress Pepper + mint = peppermint Car + rot = carrot Did you get them all? Excellent detecting skills!
  • Question 10

Match the words below to make valid compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

mouse
trap
night
gown
end
less
arm
our
photo
copy
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on with this last question? Hopefully, you recognised the words from earlier questions in the activity and were able to use your excellent word skills to sort out all the pairs. The correct answers were: Mouse + trap = mousetrap Night + gown = nightgown End + less = endless Arm + our = armour Photo + copy = photocopy
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