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Compound Words Practice 3

In this practice exercise, students will make compound words by choosing two smaller words that join together to make a longer word under timed conditions.

'Compound Words Practice 3' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning Exam-Style Practice

Curriculum subtopic:  Compound Words

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The following activity is a practice exercise to help you measure your success under timed conditions. 

If you are unsure of an answer move on to the next question.  You should come back to questions you found difficult at the end if you have time.  

 

Look at the example below:

 

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.

 

Now it's time to begin this practice exercise.  Good Luck!

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)

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

 

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

  • Question 1

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

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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