Compound and Hyphenated Compound Words

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Reading Compound Words
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Reading Compound Words
Have your first graders conquered the compound word? It's time to find out! Use this quick reading assessment to evaluate your students’ abilities to read compound words, such as sunflower, bookcase, and cowboy.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Compound Creations
Compound Creations
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Compound Creations
Compound words come to life in this fun worksheet that invites children to create an illustration to represent each of six compound words.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Playground Word Search
Playground Word Search
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Playground Word Search
Stuck inside on a rainy day? Prepare for sunny days ahead with this playground word search.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Compound Word Coloring
Compound Word Coloring
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Compound Word Coloring
This worksheet will help children identify compound words, by asking them to color-code the words on the page.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Compound Picnic
Compound Picnic
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Compound Picnic
Students daydreaming of a sunny day outside? Use this worksheet to practice making compound words in a picnic context. Students will read the sentence frames, then they'll create compound words that best complete the sentences.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Compound Words #4
Compound Words #4
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Compound Words #4
Help your second grader with her vocabulary and compound words. She'll create some compound words, and break down some compound words!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Compound Words #3
Compound Words #3
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Compound Words #3
Learn all about compound words with this worksheet. Your second grader will match two words together to form a compound word.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Parts of a Plant Activity
Parts of a Plant Activity
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Parts of a Plant Activity
Teach your little one a few new sight words that are all about household items. This activity will help her learn the different parts of a plant.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Compound Words for Kids
Compound Words for Kids
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Compound Words for Kids
Can your second grader take the words in this "sock pile" and transform them into compound words?
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Compound Word Balloons
Compound Word Balloons
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Compound Word Balloons
Compound words are like puzzles. In this worksheet, your students will match words to create compound words.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #11
Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #11
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #11
Want to clear up compound words? Challenge your second grader to decode and add up these images to create brand new, compound words!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Identify & Use Compound Words
Identify & Use Compound Words
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Identify & Use Compound Words
Learners will read six sentences to identify the compound word, then use that word in a sentence of their own.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Silly Compound Words
Silly Compound Words
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Silly Compound Words
This funny activity will get your students—and you—giggling! Help your first graders develop their understanding of compound words by having them make up their own silly words and draw illustrations to match.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Word Combos
Word Combos
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Word Combos
Give your students practice combining words to create hyphenated compound words and contractions.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Flower Word Search
Flower Word Search
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Flower Word Search
Give your child a fun way to practice spelling and vocabulary with a flower-themed word search!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Compound Word Match
Compound Word Match
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Compound Word Match
Kids write words according to the pictures, then match them up to make compound words in this 2nd grade reading worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Back to School Word Search
Back to School Word Search
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Back to School Word Search
Get into the scholarly spirit by completing this back to school word search! Have your child find the words, circle them, and cross them off the list.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #12
Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #12
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #12
Compound words are much like addition, but with words instead of numbers. Can your second grader add up the words on this worksheet?
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Add-A-Word: Making Compound Words
Add-A-Word: Making Compound Words
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Add-A-Word: Making Compound Words
Help your child with vocabulary and critical thinking with this worksheet, which asks him to make compound words by adding a new word to different word groups.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Word Search for Kids: Under the Sea
Word Search for Kids: Under the Sea
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Word Search for Kids: Under the Sea
Find all of the words relating to the sea in the word search, circle them, and make sure to cross them off the list.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Word Root Round-Up
Word Root Round-Up
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Word Root Round-Up
Help your child understand etymology with this fun worksheet, which challenges your child to match modern meaning with Latin roots.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Compound it!
Compound it!
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Compound it!
Searching for a worksheet to help your kid with compound words? This printable will help her get a grasp on two-part words like "goldfish."
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Parts of a Computer
Parts of a Computer
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Parts of a Computer
If your kid doesn't already know the parts of a computer like the back of his hand, give him a fun review with this cut-and-paste sight words activity.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Compound Word Game
Compound Word Game
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Compound Word Game
This word-building worksheet gets your child to see the interesting connections between words. Explore suffixes in this wordplay worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #13
Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #13
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #13
Can your second grader pick the correct compound words to complete these sentences?
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Compound and Hyphenated Compound Words

There are three groups of compound words: hyphenated, closed, and open. Closed compound words do not have a hyphen, but still merge two words together to make a new word. Open compound words remain two separate words, but still create a new meaning.

Students can use Education.com worksheets to get creative, and add many compound words to their vocabulary, whether closed, hyphenated, or open.

Learn More About Compound Words

Because students get excited about tapping into their knowledge, you’ll find them eager to create compound words. There are three types of compound words.

At first, open compound words may be simplest for students. Open compound words have separate and distinct words that carry a new meaning. The following are examples of open compound words:
  • School bus
  • Car wash
  • French fries
  • Ice cream
Hyphenated compound words may seem slightly more complicated to students, but are also easy to understand once students have examples to follow. To form hyphenated compound words, simply bring the two words together, but keep them separated by inserting a hyphen in between:
  • Father-in-law
  • Left-handed
  • Long-term
  • Life-size
Closed compound words sometimes seem crammed together, but if students look closely they will often find the exact spelling of each word perfectly preserved. Closed compound word examples include:
  • Firefly
  • Newspaper
  • Sailboat
  • Watermelon
When it comes to recognizing compound words within larger texts, students who first practice recognizing syllables will find it much easier. By being able to identify where parts of words begin and end, students will be able to pick out the different parts of a compound word much more quickly.

One classroom activity idea is to have students call out different words, which the teacher writes on the board. Once 15-20 words are on the board, students can take turns trying to put them together to form compound words.

For effective independent work, have students play with the Education.com worksheets and activities above to grow comfortable with compound words.