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Build Compound Words (All Types)

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.

'Build Compound Words (All Types)' 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    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 that join together to make a longer word.

Let’s get started!


 

Select ALL of the words below which are compound words.

Earring

Season

Vehicle

School

Restless

Select all of the words below which are compound words.

Paper

Overtake

Apple

Nightgown

Teacup

Pick one word from the set of brackets to add to the word rest to make a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

 

rest + (more, less, one)

 

Pick one word from the set of brackets to add to the word light to make a compound word.

Write in the full compound word below.

 

a lighbulb

light + (house, desk, flower)

Pick one word from the set of brackets to add to the word milk to make a compound word.

Type the word in the compound word below. 

a bottle of milk

milk + (wet, east, shake)

 

Pick one word from the set of brackets to go before the word stool to make a compound word.

Type in the compound word below.

 

(frog, toad, shell) + stool

Pick one word from the set of brackets to go before the word bone to make a compound word.

Type in the compound word below.

 

a bone

 

(hunt, wish, chew) + bone

Pick a word from the set of brackets to go before the word ship to make a compound word.

Type in the compound word below.

 

a large sailing ship

(now, family, friend) + ship

Match the words below to make compound words.

Column A

Column B

wish
less
sea
take
rest
son
over
gown
night
bone

You've reached the end already!

Match the words below to make compound words.

Column A

Column B

ear
ring
light
house
milk
shake
toad
where
no
stool
  • Question 1

Select ALL of the words below which are compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER
Earring
Season
Restless
EDDIE SAYS
There were three compound words: earring, season and restless. Ear + ring = earring Sea + son = season Rest + less = restless Did you get them all? Remember always to check in case there is more than one answer.
  • Question 2

Select all of the words below which are compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER
Overtake
Nightgown
Teacup
EDDIE SAYS
There were three compound words: overtake, nightgown and teacup: Over + take = overtake
Night + gown = nightgown A nightgown is an old-fashioned word for nightdress or nightie and was worn by boys as well as girls in the Victorian times, before pyjamas were invented.
Tea + cup = teacup
  • Question 3

Pick one word from the set of brackets to add to the word rest to make a compound word.

Type in the full compound word below.

 

rest + (more, less, one)

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Restless
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is restless. Restless is a word to describe somebody who cannot relax and is always fidgeting or moving about. Rest + less = restless
  • Question 4

Pick one word from the set of brackets to add to the word light to make a compound word.

Write in the full compound word below.

 

a lighbulb

light + (house, desk, flower)

CORRECT ANSWER
Lighthouse
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is lighthouse: Light + house = lighthouse
Do you know what a lighthouse is? If not, I suggest you look it up in a book or on the internet - good word detectives are always on the look out for words that are new to them.
  • Question 5

Pick one word from the set of brackets to add to the word milk to make a compound word.

Type the word in the compound word below. 

a bottle of milk

milk + (wet, east, shake)

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Milkshake
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is milkshake: Milk + shake = milkshake A delicious compound word there!
  • Question 6

Pick one word from the set of brackets to go before the word stool to make a compound word.

Type in the compound word below.

 

(frog, toad, shell) + stool

CORRECT ANSWER
Toadstool
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is toadstool: Toad + stool = toadstool Toadstools are similar to mushrooms. There are hundreds of different types of toadstools growing in this country and some of them can even be eaten! But you should never touch them unless you are with an expert who knows which ones are good to eat. They do look beautiful though and a woodland walk in autumn would not be the same without them.
  • Question 7

Pick one word from the set of brackets to go before the word bone to make a compound word.

Type in the compound word below.

 

a bone

 

(hunt, wish, chew) + bone

CORRECT ANSWER
Wishbone
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is wishbone. A wishbone is a forked bone that people often pull apart and make a wish at the same time. Wish + bone = wishbone
  • Question 8

Pick a word from the set of brackets to go before the word ship to make a compound word.

Type in the compound word below.

 

a large sailing ship

(now, family, friend) + ship

CORRECT ANSWER
Friendship
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is friendship. Friend + ship = friendship How are you getting on with these? You're nearly at the end of this activity. Keep up the great work!
  • Question 9

Match the words below to make compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

wish
bone
sea
son
rest
less
over
take
night
gown
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on with matching these pairs? Here are the correct answers: Wish + bone = wishbone Sea + son = season Rest + less = restless Over + take = overtake Night + gown = nightgown
  • Question 10

You've reached the end already!

Match the words below to make compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

ear
ring
light
house
milk
shake
toad
stool
no
where
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get them all? Ear + ring = earring Light + house = lighthouse Milk + shake = milkshake Toad + stool = toadstool No + where = nowhere You've completed this activity - well done, word spotter!
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