Lesson Plan

Reading Puzzling Words

What happens when you put two words together? Help your kindergarten students understand the concept of compound words using this ocean-themed lesson.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and read the parts of a compound word.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
Compound Word PuzzlesTake Apart the Compound WordMatch the Compound Words
  • Ask students if they know what a puzzle is and allow for a few students to share ideas.
  • Explain that a puzzle usually means something with more than one piece that fit together to make something new.
  • Demonstrate this concept by showing students pieces from a classroom puzzle and how they make something new when pieces are put together.
  • Tell students that some words are like puzzles, and that you can take them apart or put different words together to make new words. These are called compound words.


  • Provide student friendly definitions in home language (L1) as well as English.


  • Display pieces from a puzzle and a finished puzzle as a visual at the beginning of the lesson.
  • Point to these visuals as you ask students about puzzles.