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!