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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.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Compound Words

Difficulty level:

### 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.

tap + ping = tapping

dam + age = damage

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?

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 (one from each group) that join together to make a longer word.

Let’s get started!

Here we go, word detective. We're off!

Select one word from each set of brackets to create a compound word.

(war, fight, last) (ant, fare, one)

Underline one word from each set of brackets to make a compound word.

(nose, top, head) (hurt, ache, feel)

Underline one word from each set of brackets to make a compound word.

(battle, feat, car) (her, nose, him)

Pick one word from each set of words to create a compound word.

Type the compound word below.

(sing, hum, do) (an, now, then)

Pick one word from each set of brackets to create a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

(hot, dry, heat) (her, then, me)

Pick one word from each set of brackets to create a compound word.

Type in the word below.

(bar, pub, two) (next, gain, one)

Pick a word from each column to join after a word from each row to make compound words.

Pick a word from each column to join after a word from each row to make compound words.

Match the words below to make compound words.

## Column B

war
ache
fare
feat
an
hum
her
bar
gain

Match the words below to make compound words.

## Column B

heat
age
dam
ice
sat
urn
not
at
be
her
• Question 1

Here we go, word detective. We're off!

Select one word from each set of brackets to create a compound word.

(war, fight, last) (ant, fare, one)
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is warfare. Warfare is a synonym for war and fighting. War + fare = warfare The other options do not make correct compound words. Rule out the obviously incorrect answers first and then write down the other options to see if they look like real words. For example, do these combinations work: Fight + ant = fightant - NO! Last + one = lastone - WRONG AGAIN!
• Question 2

Underline one word from each set of brackets to make a compound word.

(nose, top, head) (hurt, ache, feel)
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is headache. Head + ache = headache - I hope you don't have a headache! Imagine the words next to each other to check if they would make a compound word. You can even write them down if you're still not sure.
• Question 3

Underline one word from each set of brackets to make a compound word.

(battle, feat, car) (her, nose, him)
EDDIE SAYS
This was a tricky one wasn't it? The compound word is feather. Feat + her = feather
The compound word sounds completely different to the two separate words. Try and imagine the words next to each other so that you can see the word that they make in your head, rather than saying the two separate words aloud. You can always write them down if it helps you to see them more clearly.
• Question 4

Pick one word from each set of words to create a compound word.

Type the compound word below.

(sing, hum, do) (an, now, then)

Human
EDDIE SAYS
Another tricky one! The compound word is human. Hum + an = human
Remember to imagine what the words would look like in your head. You can use a piece of paper to write word combinations down if it helps : Hum + now = humnow - not a real word. Hum + then = humthen - wrong again. Hum + an = human - YES, it works!
• Question 5

Pick one word from each set of brackets to create a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

(hot, dry, heat) (her, then, me)

Heather
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, you found this a bit easier because you had a similar sounding word in question 3, with the word 'feather'. In this case, the compound word is heather. Heat + her = heather Heather is a purple-flowered bush that you find on moorland. This compound word doesn't sound anything like the two separate words so make sure you imagine what the word looks like, or write out all the possible combinations.
• Question 6

Pick one word from each set of brackets to create a compound word.

Type in the word below.

(bar, pub, two) (next, gain, one)

Bargain
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get this one?
The compound word is bargain. Bar + gain = bargain A bargain can mean an agreement or it can be something that you bought for a cheaper price than normal.
• Question 7

Pick a word from each column to join after a word from each row to make compound words.

EDDIE SAYS
A different sort of question this time - did you understand what you had to do? Don't worry if you found it hard, there's some more practice coming up! The answers were:
Dam + age = damage. Sat + urn = Saturn (like the planet). Not + ice = notice. This one especially tricky because the compound word sounds very different to the two smaller words.
• Question 8

Pick a word from each column to join after a word from each row to make compound words.

EDDIE SAYS
Another tricky one here but did you find it easier this time?
The answers were: A + void = avoid. Be + at = beat - this was a tricky one as it sounds completely different! Man + age = manage. Remember that you can always write down the different combinations until you are happy that you have made a real word.
• Question 9

Match the words below to make compound words.

## Column B

war
fare
ache
feat
her
hum
an
bar
gain
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on this one? The answers are: War + fare = warfare Head + ache = headache Feat + her = feather Hum + an = human Bar + gain = bargain Only one more question to go now!
• Question 10

Match the words below to make compound words.

## Column B

heat
her
dam
age
sat
urn
not
ice
be
at
EDDIE SAYS
The final question - did you find it easier after all that practice, word spotter? Here are the final answers: Heat + her = heather Dam + age = damage Sat + urn = Saturn - don't forget the capital letter for a proper noun! Not + ice = notice Be + at = beat Great work! Do you need to practise this type of question some more to feel totally confident?
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