Compound and Hyphenated Compound Words

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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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Pairing Up Words
Pairing Up Words
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Pairing Up Words
Give your students practice with an important fifth grade language arts skill: Combining words to form contractions and hyphenated compound words.
5th 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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Creating Compound Words
Creating Compound Words
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Creating Compound Words
Students will gain insight into the meaning of compound words as they break each word into its two different parts.
4th 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 Meaning
Compound Word Meaning
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Compound Word Meaning
Students can practice predicting word meaning with these compound words that are likely to be less familiar to most second graders. They'll match words to definitions as they grow their vocabulary with this compound word activity.
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 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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Computer Word Search
Computer Word Search
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Computer Word Search
Though your child may know more about computers than you do, give him a fun activity where he can learn computer-themed words with a word search!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Identify & Use Compound Words
Identify & Use Compound Words
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Identify & Use Compound Words
Use this resource to practice determining which words are compound words.
3rd 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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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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Make Your Own Compound Words
Make Your Own Compound Words
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Make Your Own Compound Words
Fish + bow = fishbow...? No, that's not right! Engage your young learners in understanding and forming compound words with this fun worksheet. Students will use words from a word bank to create compound words in this word structure activity.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Compound Words: Creating Words & Sentences
Compound Words: Creating Words & Sentences
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Compound Words: Creating Words & Sentences
Use this exercise for students to practice putting word parts together to form compound words.
3rd 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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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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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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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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Make Compound Words
Make Compound Words
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Make Compound Words
Learn how we make compound words with a helpful practice sheet! Your child will practice putting two words together to form a compound word.
2nd 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 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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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 Creations
Compound Creations
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Compound Creations
Your third grader will enjoy putting their artistic skills to use by illustrating the two parts of a compound word.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Color the Compound Words
Color the Compound Words
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Color the Compound Words
Locate and color the compound words to reveal a hidden picture.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #4
Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #4
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #4
Give your second grader a grammar boost: This worksheet asks her to sort out the words on the stamps, and then form new compound words from them.
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.