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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:  

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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 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 gteen 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!


 

Welcome to this compound word challenge!

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

 

(no, do, so) (nation, into, one)

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

 

(cool, be, ball) (mint, cap, rate)

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

 

(ball, deter, mist) (mine, lamp, real)

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

 

(in, no, full) (he, then, vice)

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

 

(part, whole, next) (one, ridge, upon)

 

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

 

(fall, next, pass) (age, land, rate)

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

 

(clue, once, know) (next, ledge, dance)

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

 

(cost, feat, battle) (her, him, us)

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

 

(mug, glass, cup) (out, board, net)

Here you are at the very end of this activity on compound words - how does that feel?

 

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

 

(cent, penny, coin) (march, rally, next)

  • Question 1

Welcome to this compound word challenge!

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

 

(no, do, so) (nation, into, one)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is donation. A donation is something that is given to charity. Do + nation = donation Did you choose no and one, to create noone? If so, that was a good idea, but this is not a standard spelling and the word is usually spelled either with a hyphen or as two separate words - no one or no-one.
  • Question 2

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

 

(cool, be, ball) (mint, cap, rate)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is berate. The word berate means to criticise someone in an angry way, as in: "The teacher berated me for being late to school for the third time this week." Be + rate = berate.
  • Question 3

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

 

(ball, deter, mist) (mine, lamp, real)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is determine. Deter + mine - determine. Determine can mean to find out the cause or reason for something. If you found this a tricky one, try writing out all the possible combinations until you find the one that is correct.
  • Question 4

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

 

(in, no, full) (he, then, vice)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is novice. No + vice = novice. Have you heard of a novice before? It means someone who is a beginner - for example, if you had just started learning to play tennis, you would be considered a novice. Did you get this one right? Remember to write down those possible combinations if you are finding these tricky.
  • Question 5

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

 

(part, whole, next) (one, ridge, upon)

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is partridge. A partridge is a bird (often found in a pear tree at Christmas!) Part + ridge = partridge. Halfway there already, word detective. Well done!
  • Question 6

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

 

(fall, next, pass) (age, land, rate)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is passage. Pass + age = passage. Try and visualise the words in your head so that you can imagine what they would look like, or even write them down so that you can see them rather than hear their sound.
  • Question 7

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

 

(clue, once, know) (next, ledge, dance)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is knowledge. Know + ledge = knowledge. Another tricky one! This compound word sounds different to the two separate words. Try and visualise the words in your head to help.
  • Question 8

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

 

(cost, feat, battle) (her, him, us)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is feather. Feat + her = feather. This is a particularly hard one because the compound word has been split in the middle of the 'th' sound, making it very hard to spot. Did you find it, word detective?
  • Question 9

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

 

(mug, glass, cup) (out, board, net)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is cupboard. Cup + board = cupboard. Only one more question to go - yippee!!
  • Question 10

Here you are at the very end of this activity on compound words - how does that feel?

 

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

 

(cent, penny, coin) (march, rally, next)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is centrally. Centrally means towards the middle of something. Cent + rally = centrally. Another hard one to finish on! How are your word detecting skills coming along? Do you feel more confident with compound words after all that practice? Terrific work!
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