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Investigate Compound Words 2

In this worksheet, students identify compound words and practise spelling them.

'Investigate Compound Words 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A compound word is a word made up of two or more words put together.

 

foot + ball = football

 

Both parts of the word must be proper words for it to count as a compound word.

 

un + lucky = unlucky

This is not a compound word because un is a prefix and not a proper word.

Look at the words in the list. Four of them are compound words and four are words with prefixes. Tick the compound words.

impossible

raincoat

unhappy

headache

dislike

underground

lighthouse

rewrite

Tick the four boxes containing compound words.

sunlight

sheepdog

uncover

birthday

dislike

cowboy

recycle

antiseptic

Identify the compound word from the description and write it in the answer box. You may need to use a dictionary to check the spelling.

 

a glass building used by gardeners for growing plants in

Identify the compound word from the description and write it in the answer box. You may need to use a dictionary to check the spelling.

 

a train service that runs beneath the streets of London

Identify the compound word from the description and write it in the answer box. You may need to use a dictionary to check the spelling.

 

a yard outside a school building where children spend their break times

Identify the compound word from the description and write it in the answer box. You may need to use a dictionary to check the spelling.

 

a tall and narrow building that sends signals to warn ships about dangerous rocks

Identify the compound word from the description and write it in the answer box. You may need to use a dictionary to check the spelling.

 

a small red insect with black spots

Identify the compound word from the description and write it in the answer box. You may need to use a dictionary to check the spelling.

 

a type of bag used by business people to carry letters and documents

Identify the compound word from the description and write it in the answer box. You may need to use a dictionary to check the spelling.

 

the first meal people eat in the morning, often made up of cereals or toast

Identify the compound word from the description and write it in the answer box. You may need to use a dictionary to check the spelling.

 

a set of shelves with a door on the front, used to store things like plates and cups

  • Question 1

Look at the words in the list. Four of them are compound words and four are words with prefixes. Tick the compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER
raincoat
headache
underground
lighthouse
  • Question 2

Tick the four boxes containing compound words.

CORRECT ANSWER
sunlight
sheepdog
birthday
cowboy
  • Question 3

Identify the compound word from the description and write it in the answer box. You may need to use a dictionary to check the spelling.

 

a glass building used by gardeners for growing plants in

CORRECT ANSWER
greenhouse
  • Question 4

Identify the compound word from the description and write it in the answer box. You may need to use a dictionary to check the spelling.

 

a train service that runs beneath the streets of London

CORRECT ANSWER
underground
  • Question 5

Identify the compound word from the description and write it in the answer box. You may need to use a dictionary to check the spelling.

 

a yard outside a school building where children spend their break times

CORRECT ANSWER
playground
  • Question 6

Identify the compound word from the description and write it in the answer box. You may need to use a dictionary to check the spelling.

 

a tall and narrow building that sends signals to warn ships about dangerous rocks

CORRECT ANSWER
lighthouse
  • Question 7

Identify the compound word from the description and write it in the answer box. You may need to use a dictionary to check the spelling.

 

a small red insect with black spots

CORRECT ANSWER
ladybird
EDDIE SAYS
This seems a strange sort of compound word, especially as it is an insect and not a bird. The 'lady' part is believed to refer to Mary, the mother of Jesus, but it is not clear why!
  • Question 8

Identify the compound word from the description and write it in the answer box. You may need to use a dictionary to check the spelling.

 

a type of bag used by business people to carry letters and documents

CORRECT ANSWER
briefcase
EDDIE SAYS
The word 'brief' is an old fashioned word for a letter.
  • Question 9

Identify the compound word from the description and write it in the answer box. You may need to use a dictionary to check the spelling.

 

the first meal people eat in the morning, often made up of cereals or toast

CORRECT ANSWER
breakfast
EDDIE SAYS
To fast means to do without food, and breakfast is the meal which breaks the fast (the time during the night when people don't eat).
  • Question 10

Identify the compound word from the description and write it in the answer box. You may need to use a dictionary to check the spelling.

 

a set of shelves with a door on the front, used to store things like plates and cups

CORRECT ANSWER
cupboard
EDDIE SAYS
This word has changed its meaning slightly over time. It used to be a board for hanging cups on, rather than shelves for standing them on.
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