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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!

Ready, for the next challenge, word detective?

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

Click on the words to underline them.

(new, old, now) (text, sprint, gas)

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

Click on the words to underline them.

(over, west, through) (cup, fuel, take)

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

Click on the words to underline them.

(can, rat, him) (her, who, next)

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

Type the full compound word below.

(prim, car, full) (be, the, ate)

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

Type the full word below.

(light, over, under) (out, all, mount)

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

Type the full word below.

(no, so, be) (an, ice, with)

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

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

Join the words below to make compound words.

## Column B

new
her
dam
an
rat
ate
prim
sprint
be
age

Match the words below to make compound words.

## Column B

over
ten
has
writer
as
cent
type
have
be
all
• Question 1

Ready, for the next challenge, word detective?

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

Click on the words to underline them.

(new, old, now) (text, sprint, gas)
EDDIE SAYS
A tricky one here. The compound word is newsprint. Newsprint is the paper that newspapers are printed on. New + sprint = newsprint
This compound word is pronounced differently to the two separate words so it is good to imagine the words together in your head or even to write down all the possible combinations so that you can see which make real words.
• Question 2

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

Click on the words to underline them.

(over, west, through) (cup, fuel, take)
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is overtake. Over + take = overtake Did you find that a little easier because the two words didn't change their sound when they formed the compound word?
• Question 3

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

Click on the words to underline them.

(can, rat, him) (her, who, next)
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is rather: Rat + her = rather
This one is another tricky one because the two words split the 'th' sound in the middle of the compound word, making a completely different sound in the two separate words. With words like this, it is best to write down the possible options so that you can see what is happening to the words.
• Question 4

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

Type the full compound word below.

(prim, car, full) (be, the, ate)

Primate
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is primate. Prim + ate = primate Primates are a group of animals that include monkeys, apes, lemurs and even humans!
• Question 5

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

Type the full word below.

(light, over, under) (out, all, mount)

Overall
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is overall. Over + all = overall A slightly easier one, hopefully, because the words still sound the same.
• Question 6

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

Type the full word below.

(no, so, be) (an, ice, with)

Bean
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is bean. Be + an = bean The two separate words sound very different to the compound word, so make sure you imagine what the words would look like together in your head, or write them down!
• Question 7

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

EDDIE SAYS
This is a challenging question so don't worry if you found it hard. Remember that you can always write down all the possible combinations if you are having trouble. Us + ten = usten - not a real word. Us + cent = uscent - not a real word. Us + age = usage (the use of something) - this is correct! Has + cent = hascent - not a real word. Has + age = hasage - not a real word. Has + ten = hasten (to go quickly) - this is correct! As + ten = asten - not a real word. As + age = asage - not a real word. As + cent = ascent (an upwards climb) - this is correct!
Can you see how much easier it is when you write it down!
Make a note of any new words and their meanings as they will help with many other types of verbal reasoning question.
• Question 8

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

EDDIE SAYS
Did you write out all the possible options or were you able to picture them in your head? These were the correct options: Type + writer = typewriter Be + have = behave End + less = endless
• Question 9

Join the words below to make compound words.

## Column B

new
sprint
dam
age
rat
her
prim
ate
be
an
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get these matching pairs? New + sprint = newsprint Dam + age = damage Rat + her = rather Prim + ate = primate Be + an = bean Last question coming up!
• Question 10

Match the words below to make compound words.

## Column B

over
all
has
ten
as
cent
type
writer
be
have
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do here? Over + all = overall Has + ten = hasten As + cent = ascent Type + writer = typewriter Be + have = behave Great word work, word detective - do you feel more confident now? Don't forget to practise more to increase your speed and to learn more new compound words.
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