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Join and Divide Simple Compound Words

In this worksheet, students will make compound words by choosing two smaller words that join together to make a longer word. It will develop students' vocabulary and problem solving skills.

'Join and Divide Simple Compound Words' 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?


 

some 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!

Ready for off, word detective?

 

Select ALL of the words which are compound words below.

Remember that compound words are made up of two separate words.

Overturn

Ears

Noteworthy

Tomato

Choose ALL of the compound words below.

Remember that there could be more than one.

Flowchart

Jacket

Elsewhere

Sliding

Identify ALL of the compound words below.

Printer

Rainbow

Weekend

Handle

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. ​

 

raindrop

a cloud with rain drops

Printer

Rainbow

Weekend

Handle

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. ​​

 

manhole

Printer

Rainbow

Weekend

Handle

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. ​

 

Heron          a heron in the water

Printer

Rainbow

Weekend

Handle

Which word below could you add to the word pig to make a compound word?

 a pink pig

wand

tail

neck

fur

Which word below could you add to the word suit to make a compound word?

 

 

box

hair

case

cat

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

one

two

three

four

Here's your last challenge for the moment, word detective.

 

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

on

in

one

then

  • Question 1

Ready for off, word detective?

 

Select ALL of the words which are compound words below.

Remember that compound words are made up of two separate words.

CORRECT ANSWER
Overturn
Noteworthy
EDDIE SAYS
The compound words are overturn and noteworthy. Over + turn = overturn Note + worthy = noteworthy Have you heard the word noteworthy before? If something is noteworthy, it is worth paying attention to as in the sentence: "It is noteworthy that my sister won the 100 metres even though she is only 5!"
  • Question 2

Choose ALL of the compound words below.

Remember that there could be more than one.

CORRECT ANSWER
Flowchart
Elsewhere
EDDIE SAYS
The compound words are flowchart and elsewhere. Flow + chart = flowchart Else + where = elsewhere You have probably come across flowcharts in maths lessons - they are very useful things for helping you to organise information. The word jacket has two syllables but is not a compound word because only the first syllable (jack) is a proper word.
  • Question 3

Identify ALL of the compound words below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Rainbow
Weekend
EDDIE SAYS
The compound words are rainbow and weekend. Rain + bow = rainbow Week + end = weekend The other two words do contain one smaller word (print and hand) but the second part of each word is not a proper word (er and le) so they can't be compound words.
  • 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. ​

 

raindrop

a cloud with rain drops

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you remember to write the words in the correct order?
The compound word raindrop is made up of the words rain and drop. Did you get that one? You're doing well, word detective!
  • 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. ​​

 

manhole

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word manhole is made up of the words man and hole. A manhole is a hole in the ground which leads to the sewers - it is usually covered with a big metal lid which is just as well, or you could fall in if you weren't looking where you were going!
  • Question 6

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. ​

 

Heron          a heron in the water

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word heron is made up of the words her and on. Use the spelling of the compound word to help you. Have you ever seen a heron before? They are large birds that can often be seen standing on one leg by a pond, waiting to catch a fish.
  • Question 7

Which word below could you add to the word pig to make a compound word?

 a pink pig

CORRECT ANSWER
tail
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is pigtail. Pig + tail = pigtail Pigtails are when hair is tied into two parts on the back of the head - they are probably called that because they are usually quite thin, like a pig's tail, because the hair has been shared into two parts; whereas a ponytail is much thicker because all the hair has been put into one bunch.
  • Question 8

Which word below could you add to the word suit to make a compound word?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
case
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is suitcase. Suit + case = suitcase The other words don't make a compound word, by adding them after the word suit. However, if you were allowed to put the word suit AFTER the other words, you could make the word 'catsuit'. This doesn't follow the rules though - so you can't have it!
  • Question 9

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

CORRECT ANSWER
one
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is someone. Some + one = someone. I think it's a shame that there aren't words like 'sometwo' and 'somethree' - they could be very fun to use!
  • Question 10

Here's your last challenge for the moment, word detective.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
in
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is puffin. Puff + in = puffin. This was quite a hard one wasn't it? Do you know what a puffin is? It is the most comical little bird whose babies are called 'pufflings'! If you haven't seen them before, then do find a picture of them in a book or on the internet - they are quite wonderful. Well done for completing this activity word detective!
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