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Compound Words

When two small words are joined together, the new word is called a compound word. Use the printable worksheets and activities below to help you teach students about this phonics skill.

compound Worksheets

Basic

Put the two smaller words together to make a new word. example: sun + shine = sunshine
1st through 3rd Grades
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Find the compound word in each sentence and break it up into the two smaller words.
1st through 3rd Grades
Combine the pictures to make a compound word. For example, a picture of a house and a picture of a boat make the word houseboat.
1st through 3rd Grades
On each line, students must combine two noun pictures to make a compound word. For example, students are given a picture of butter and a picture of a flying bug. They write butterfly.
1st through 3rd Grades
Combine graphics to make compound words. For example, a picture of a cow and a picture of a boy make the compound word cowboy.
1st through 3rd Grades

Intermediate

Brainstorm a list of compound words that begin with each letter of the alphabet.
1st through 3rd Grades
Match up the word parts to make a new word.  Hands-on cutting, sorting, and gluing activity.
1st through 3rd Grades
Choose the two parts that go together to complete each word.  Give a definition of the newly created word.
1st through 3rd Grades
This printable has 3 parts.  Part 1: Circle the compound word.  Part 2:  Which word is compound?  Part 3:  Think up a compound word to complete each sentence.
1st through 3rd Grades

Advanced

Can you find all of the CWs hidden in the puzzle?  Words include chalkboard, candlestick, toothpaste, and more.
3rd through 5th Grades
Try to unscramble these compound words.  Words include wheelchair, newscast, everybody, and more.
3rd through 5th Grades
Draw lines to make compound word combinations.
3rd through 5th Grades

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