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Compound Words Practice 1

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

'Compound Words Practice 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: 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!

Here's your first challenge, word detective!

 

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

 

(me, she, he) (art, now, too)

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

 

(so, for, then) (top, lid, now)

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

 

(do, no, so) (or, two, yes)

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

 

(top, ear, down) (ring, day, in)

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

 

(sea, blue, out) (son, two, table)

 

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

 

(him, her, our) (dock, ring, flower)

 

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

 

(glad, handle, do) (desk, me, in)

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

 

(truck, vase, car) (drawer, nation, glass)

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

 

(blue, sky, hair) (touch, frame, scraper)

And for your last challenge!

 

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

 

(smooth, sauce, handle) (pan, eye, box)

  • Question 1

Here's your first challenge, word detective!

 

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

 

(me, she, he) (art, now, too)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The correct options are he and art. The compound word they will make is heart: He + art = heart Did you find that tricky because the two smaller words sound completely different once they are in the compound word? Remember that you can always write down all the possible combinations if you need to, so that you can see which ones make a real word. Here\'s how that would look: Me + art = meart Me + how = mehow Me + too = metoo She + art = sheart She + how = shehow She + too = shetoo He + how = hehow He + too = hetoo None of the above work so it leaves us with the only one that does work: He + art = heart. Top tip: You don\'t need to test ALL the options because you can only match a word with one from a different bracket!
  • Question 2

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

 

(so, for, then) (top, lid, now)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answers are so and lid as so + lid = solid. The compound word sounds different to the two separate words, so make sure to imagine what the word would look like in your head, or write down all the possible combinations if that helps.
  • Question 3

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

 

(do, no, so) (or, two, yes)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The correct options are do and or. Do + or = door Sometimes, the shorter ones can actually be more difficult, especially if the compound word is split between a pair of vowels as it is here (double \'o\'). Well done if you got this right without writing it down!
  • Question 4

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

 

(top, ear, down) (ring, day, in)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is earring. Ear + ring = earring This time, the compound word has been split between a pair of consonants (double \'r\') - again, this can make it much harder to find. Write down all those combinations if you are having trouble with it.
  • Question 5

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

 

(sea, blue, out) (son, two, table)

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is season. Sea + son = season. How are you getting on with these? Do you need to write the combinations down or are you able to picture them in your head? It doesn\'t matter which option you choose, so long as it works for you!
  • Question 6

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

 

(him, her, our) (dock, ring, flower)

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is herring. A herring is a small, silver fish. Her + ring = herring. Once again, the compound word has been split between double letters, (rr), making it much harder to spot. Well done if you got this correct.
  • Question 7

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

 

(glad, handle, do) (desk, me, in)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is dome. Do + me = dome. A short one - but not always the easiest since the two smaller words sound very different to the compound word.
  • Question 8

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

 

(truck, vase, car) (drawer, nation, glass)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is carnation. A carnation is a flower or a word used for the colour red. Car + nation = carnation. You are doing really well, word detective and you\'re nearly at the end of this activity.
  • Question 9

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

 

(blue, sky, hair) (touch, frame, scraper)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is skyscraper. Sky + scraper = skyscraper. A skyscraper is a very tall building - the implication is that it is so tall that it scrapes the sky! The tallest skyscraper today is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai which is 828 metres tall!
  • Question 10

And for your last challenge!

 

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

 

(smooth, sauce, handle) (pan, eye, box)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The compound word is saucepan. Sauce + pan = saucepan. Well done, superstar spotter... another activity under your belt!
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