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Build Compound Words (All Types)

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.

'Build Compound Words (All Types)' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Compound Words

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Hello word detective, this looks like a challenge that’s right up your street.  

Can you help us solve it?

 

What do you notice about the words below?

justice     damage     bargain

 

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.

 

a sinktap + ping = tapping

 

 a dam across a river    dam + age = damage

 

   mobile phoneport + able = portable

 

Sometimes (compound word alert!) these words are challenging to find as they are pronounced differently in the longer word.

 

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

                                                                                                                                                   a green comb

and - this would make comband

in - this would make combin

at -  this would make combat

The correct answer is at, as comb + at = combat.

 

We need to select a word from the left set of brackets that can join with a word from the right set of brackets to make a compound word.

(know, by, sink) (rest, ledge, tap)

know + ledge = knowledge

 

Here's another example:

(when, now, late) (in, then, here)

now + here = nowhere


In this activity, you will need to be a superstar spotter and find two words that join together to make a longer word.

Let’s get started!

Right, let's get started, word detective.

Select ALL of the words below which are compound words.

Nobody

Where

Nowhere

Drawer

Outlaw

Choose ALL of the words which are compound words below.

 

 

Someone

Whatever

Vase

Sunburn

Freezer

Pick one word from the set of brackets to add to the word view to make a compound word.

Type the full compound word below.

 

girl with magnifying glass

view + (sight, point, balcony)

Pick one word from the set of brackets to add to the word ever to make a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

 

ever + (green, hair, now)

Pick one word from the set of brackets to add to the word down to make a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

 

an arrow pointing downwards

down + (hit, load, up)

Pick a word from the set of brackets to add before the word cast to make a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

 

an arm in a bandage

(hit, stretch, over) + cast

 

Pick a word from the set of brackets to add before the word word to create a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

 

(now, pass, three) + word

Pick a word from the set of brackets to add before the word self to make a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

 

(your, next, best) + self

 

Match the words below to make compound words.

Column A

Column B

no
burn
out
point
view
body
what
law
sun
ever

Match the words below to make compound words.

Column A

Column B

some
one
ever
green
down
load
your
self
pass
word
  • Question 1

Right, let's get started, word detective.

Select ALL of the words below which are compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER
Nobody
Nowhere
Outlaw
EDDIE SAYS
The compound words are nobody, nowhere and outlaw. No + body = nobody No + where = nowhere OR now + here = nowhere Out + law = outlaw. An outlaw is someone who has broken the law. The most famous outlaw is probably Robin Hood - look him up on the internet if you don't know much about him.
Did you get all those? Make sure you tick ALL of the correct compound words.
  • Question 2

Choose ALL of the words which are compound words below.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Someone
Whatever
Sunburn
EDDIE SAYS
The compound words are someone, whatever and sunburn. Some + one = someone What + ever = whatever Sun + burn = sunburn Are you getting the hang of this detective?
  • Question 3

Pick one word from the set of brackets to add to the word view to make a compound word.

Type the full compound word below.

 

girl with magnifying glass

view + (sight, point, balcony)

CORRECT ANSWER
Viewpoint
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is viewpoint. View + point = viewpoint A viewpoint can be an area with a good view or it can mean someone's opinion on something.
The other word combinations do not make correct compound words: View + sight = viewsight - NOT a real word. View + balcony = viewbalcony - NOT a real word. Make sure you type in the full compound word and use the words above to help with spelling.
  • Question 4

Pick one word from the set of brackets to add to the word ever to make a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

 

ever + (green, hair, now)

CORRECT ANSWER
Evergreen
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is evergreen. Ever + green = evergreen Evergreen describes a plant or tree that keeps its leaves all year round.
You can write down the word combinations to help decide if they make a real word or not: Ever + hair = everhair - NOT a real word. Ever + now = evernow - NOT a real word. Great work, word detective!
  • Question 5

Pick one word from the set of brackets to add to the word down to make a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

 

an arrow pointing downwards

down + (hit, load, up)

CORRECT ANSWER
Download
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is download. Down + load = download It can help to write down the joined up words to see if they make correct compound words. Down + hit = downhit - NOT a correct word. Down + up = downup - NOT a correct word. How are you getting on with these questions detective?
  • Question 6

Pick a word from the set of brackets to add before the word cast to make a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

 

an arm in a bandage

(hit, stretch, over) + cast

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Overcast
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is overcast. Over + cast = overcast We use the word overcast to describe the sky when it is covered by a grey cloud.
The other word combinations do not make correct compound words: Hit + cast = hitcast - NOT a real word. Stretch + cast = stretchcast - NOT a real word.
  • Question 7

Pick a word from the set of brackets to add before the word word to create a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

 

(now, pass, three) + word

CORRECT ANSWER
Password
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is password. Pass + word = password
The word password literally means a word that will allow you to pass, either into an actual place or a site online where your secret information or bank details are stored. It is very important to keep your password secret from other people.
The other options do not make real compound words: Now + word = nowword - NOT a real word. Three + word - threeword - NOT a real word.
  • Question 8

Pick a word from the set of brackets to add before the word self to make a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

 

(your, next, best) + self

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Yourself
EDDIE SAYS
The correct compound word is yourself. Your + self = yourself
The other word combinations do not make real compound words: Next + self = nextself Best + self = bestself - although there are many other words that can be formed using the word 'self', such as himself, myself, itself, oneself etc.
  • Question 9

Match the words below to make compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

no
body
out
law
view
point
what
ever
sun
burn
EDDIE SAYS
Did you manage to match them all up? Here are the correct answers: No + body = nobody Out + law = outlaw View + point = viewpoint What + ever = whatever Sun + burn = sunburn Last question coming up!!
  • Question 10

Match the words below to make compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

some
one
ever
green
down
load
your
self
pass
word
EDDIE SAYS
Excellent matching skills! Here is the complete list of correct answers: Some + one = someone Ever + green = evergreen Down + load = download Your + self = yourself Pass + word = password That's this activity finished - ready for another one?
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