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

Let’s get started!


 

Ready for the challenge, word detective?

 

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

 

(car, truck, door) (drive, pet, coat)

 

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

 

(or, two, jump) (part, bit, in)

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

 

(glove, let, bat) (she, when, he)

How are you getting on?

Here's another question to keep you practising!

 

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

 

(ram, she, old) (art, page, plastic)

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

 

(be, me, she) (in, gin, hair)

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

 

(page, out, off) (ice, two, tap)

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

 

(page, on, in) (ant, rate, shake)

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

 

(pepper, fog, your) (deck, self, on)

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

 

(cap, hat, top) (red, eye, blue)

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

 

(wild, raw, hot) (next, in, life)

  • Question 1

Ready for the challenge, word detective?

 

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

 

(car, truck, door) (drive, pet, coat)

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is carpet. Car + pet = carpet Did you get that one? Remember that you can always write down all the combinations if you are finding it hard to find the correct compound word.
  • Question 2

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

 

(or, two, jump) (part, bit, in)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is orbit. An orbit is the circular path an object in space takes around another one eg. our planet takes a year to orbit the sun. Or + bit = orbit Remember to write down all the possible combinations if you are finding it hard to spot the compound word.
  • Question 3

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

 

(glove, let, bat) (she, when, he)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is bathe. Bat + he = bathe This compound word sounds completely different to the two separate words. Try and imagine the two words combining in your head to help you to see it, or write down all the possible combinations.
  • Question 4

How are you getting on?

Here's another question to keep you practising!

 

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

 

(ram, she, old) (art, page, plastic)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is rampage. Ram + page = rampage. To go on the rampage, means to go a bit wild and out of control - the way a fox might behave in a chicken run. You're doing really well and the end is in sight!
  • Question 5

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

 

(be, me, she) (in, gin, hair)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is begin. Be + gin = begin Remember to imagine the words combining in your head so you can see what they look like and not just what they sound like.
  • Question 6

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

 

(page, out, off) (ice, two, tap)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is office - a place where many people go to work. Off + ice = office Once again, this was a tricky one because the word ice sounds completely different when added to make the compound word. Remember that you can always write things down if you are finding it tricky to spot the compound word.
  • Question 7

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

 

(page, on, in) (ant, rate, shake)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is pageant. Page + ant = pageant. A pageant is a show or play in which people often dress in colourful clothes and act out historical scenes. This was a hard one to work out, particularly if you don't know the word. If you find one particularly hard, remember that you can always write out all the possible combinations so that you can see which one works.
  • Question 8

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

 

(pepper, fog, your) (deck, self, on)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is yourself. Your + self = yourself Great word work! Nearly there, word detective!
  • Question 9

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

 

(cap, hat, top) (red, eye, blue)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is hatred. Hatred is another word for hate. Hat + red = hatred Last question coming up!
  • Question 10

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

 

(wild, raw, hot) (next, in, life)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is wildlife. Wild + life = wildlife Phew .. you've reached the end of this activity! How do you feel about compound words now, superstar spotter? Do you think you've got them cracked? You may want to revise some vocabulary activities within English to help build up the number of words you can recognise quickly.
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