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Analyse Complex 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.

'Analyse Complex Compound Words' 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 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 (one from each group) that join together to make a longer word.

Let’s get started!

Here's your first challenge, word detective!

 

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

 

(me, she, he) (art, now, too)

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

 

(so, for, then) (top, lid, now)

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

 

(do, no, so) (or, two, yes)

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

 

(top, ear, down) (ring, day, in)

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

 

(sea, blue, out) (son, two, table)

 

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

 

(him, her, our) (dock, ring, flower)

 

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

 

(glad, handle, do) (desk, me, in)

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

 

(truck, vase, car) (drawer, nation, glass)

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

 

(blue, sky, hair) (touch, frame, scraper)

And for your last challenge!

 

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

 

(smooth, sauce, handle) (pan, eye, box)

  • Question 1

Here's your first challenge, word detective!

 

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

 

(me, she, he) (art, now, too)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The correct options are he and art. The compound word they will make is heart: He + art = heart Did you find that tricky because the two smaller words sound completely different once they are in the compound word? Remember that you can always write down all the possible combinations if you need to, so that you can see which ones make a real word. Here's how that would look: Me + art = meart Me + how = mehow Me + too = metoo She + art = sheart She + how = shehow She + too = shetoo He + how = hehow He + too = hetoo None of the above work so it leaves us with the only one that does work: He + art = heart. Top tip: You don't need to test ALL the options because you can only match a word with one from a different bracket!
  • Question 2

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

 

(so, for, then) (top, lid, now)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answers are so and lid as so + lid = solid. The compound word sounds different to the two separate words, so make sure to imagine what the word would look like in your head, or write down all the possible combinations if that helps.
  • Question 3

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

 

(do, no, so) (or, two, yes)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The correct options are do and or. Do + or = door Sometimes, the shorter ones can actually be more difficult, especially if the compound word is split between a pair of vowels as it is here (double 'o'). Well done if you got this right without writing it down!
  • Question 4

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

 

(top, ear, down) (ring, day, in)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is earring. Ear + ring = earring This time, the compound word has been split between a pair of consonants (double 'r') - again, this can make it much harder to find. Write down all those combinations if you are having trouble with it.
  • Question 5

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

 

(sea, blue, out) (son, two, table)

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is season. Sea + son = season. How are you getting on with these? Do you need to write the combinations down or are you able to picture them in your head? It doesn't matter which option you choose, so long as it works for you!
  • Question 6

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

 

(him, her, our) (dock, ring, flower)

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is herring. A herring is a small, silver fish. Her + ring = herring. Once again, the compound word has been split between double letters, (rr), making it much harder to spot. Well done if you got this correct.
  • Question 7

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

 

(glad, handle, do) (desk, me, in)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is dome. Do + me = dome. A short one - but not always the easiest since the two smaller words sound very different to the compound word.
  • Question 8

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

 

(truck, vase, car) (drawer, nation, glass)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is carnation. A carnation is a flower or a word used for the colour red. Car + nation = carnation. You are doing really well, word detective and you're nearly at the end of this activity.
  • Question 9

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

 

(blue, sky, hair) (touch, frame, scraper)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is skyscraper. Sky + scraper = skyscraper. A skyscraper is a very tall building - the implication is that it is so tall that it scrapes the sky! The tallest skyscraper today is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai which is 828 metres tall!
  • Question 10

And for your last challenge!

 

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

 

(smooth, sauce, handle) (pan, eye, box)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is saucepan. Sauce + pan = saucepan. Well done, superstar spotter... another activity under your belt!
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