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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:  

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 sink tap + ping = tapping

 

a dam across a river  dam + age = damage

 

     a mobile phone port + 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!

Here's your first challenge, word spotter.

 

Choose ALL of the words below which are compound words.

Styled

Database

Action

Cookie

Passport

Find ALL of the words below which are compound words.

 

Upon

Frame

Outburst

Doctor

Undertake

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

Type in the full compound word below.

 

under + (lid, hatch, growth)

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

Type in the full compound word below.

 

 a wild area of countryside

wild + (life, sun, tree)

 

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

Type the full compound word below.

 

be + (to, cause, like)

Pick a word from the set of brackets to go before the word robe to make a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

 

(eye, towel, bath) + robe

 

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

Type in the full compound word below.

 

 a drum

 

(ear, nose, stick) + drum

Pick a word from the set of brackets to go before the word lid to make a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

 

(teeth, eye, nose) + lid

Match the words below to make compound words.

Column A

Column B

sty
port
data
base
pass
burst
up
on
out
led

Match the words below to make compound words.

Column A

Column B

under
cause
wild
drum
be
robe
bath
life
ear
growth
  • Question 1

Here's your first challenge, word spotter.

 

Choose ALL of the words below which are compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER
Styled
Database
Passport
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get all these - there was one hard one in there to try to trip you up!
The compound words are styled, database and passport.
Sty + led = styled - a sty is where pigs live or a painful swelling on the eye, and led is the past tense of the verb to lead. Did you try to use the word 'style'? If so, you will have found that left you with only the letter 'd' which is not a real word!! Data + base = database Pass + port = passport Remember to find all of the compound words in the list.
  • Question 2

Find ALL of the words below which are compound words.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Upon
Outburst
Undertake
EDDIE SAYS
The compound words are upon, outburst and undertake: Up + on = upon Out + burst = outburst - an outburst is a sudden release of strong emotion which often comes out as a shout or scream. Under + take = undertake - to undertake can mean to take on a task or to overtake a car from an inside lane. Great detecting work here!
  • Question 3

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

Type in the full compound word below.

 

under + (lid, hatch, growth)

CORRECT ANSWER
Undergrowth
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is undergrowth. Under + growth = undergrowth Undergrowth is the area of plants and shrubs under trees which can often provide a good hiding place.
How did you find this one? If it helps, you can write out all of the possible word combinations to find the correct word: Under + lid = underlid - NOT a real word. Under + hatch = underhatch - NOT a real word.
  • Question 4

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

Type in the full compound word below.

 

 a wild area of countryside

wild + (life, sun, tree)

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Wildlife
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is wildlife. Wild + life = wildlife
The other options do not make real compound words: Wild + sun = wildsun - NOT a real word. Wild + tree = wildtree - NOT a real word.
  • Question 5

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

Type the full compound word below.

 

be + (to, cause, like)

CORRECT ANSWER
Because
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is because. Be + cause = because
Did you spell it correctly? Remember the phrase to help you know how to spell 'because' - Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants! The other options do not make real words: Be + to = beto - NOT a real word. Be + like = belike - NOT a real word. Ready for another one, word detective?
  • Question 6

Pick a word from the set of brackets to go before the word robe to make a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

 

(eye, towel, bath) + robe

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Bathrobe
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is bathrobe. Bath + robe = bathrobe A bathrobe is another word for a dressing gown which might be worn while you are still damp after your bath. The other options do not make real words: Eye + robe = eyerobe - NOT a real word. Towel + robe = towelrobe - NOT a real word.
  • Question 7

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

Type in the full compound word below.

 

 a drum

 

(ear, nose, stick) + drum

CORRECT ANSWER
Eardrum
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is eardrum. Ear + drum = eardrum Your eardrum is a very delicate area deep inside your ear. The other options do not make real compound words: Nose + drum = nosedrum - NOT a real word. Stick + drum = stickdrum - NOT a real word. Did you try to put drum BEFORE the word stick to make drumstick? Be very careful to read the instructions to the question so you don't fall into a trap!
  • Question 8

Pick a word from the set of brackets to go before the word lid to make a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

 

(teeth, eye, nose) + lid

CORRECT ANSWER
Eyelid
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is eyelid. Eye + lid = eyelid The other options do not make real compound words: Teeth + lid = teethlid - NOT a real word. Nose + lid = noselid - NOT a real word. In fact, they both sound pretty disgusting, don't they?!
  • Question 9

Match the words below to make compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

sty
led
data
base
pass
port
up
on
out
burst
EDDIE SAYS
Did you manage to match all the pairs together? Here are the correct answers: Sty + led = styled Data + base = database Pass + port = passport Up + on = upon Out + burst = outburst
  • Question 10

Match the words below to make compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

under
growth
wild
life
be
cause
bath
robe
ear
drum
EDDIE SAYS
Here are those final answers: Under + growth = undergrowth Wild + life = wildlife Be + cause = because Bath + robe = bathrobe Ear + drum = eardrum How did you do - are you a word superstar yet?
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