Compound and Hyphenated Compound Words

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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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Compound Word Puzzle 3
Compound Word Puzzle 3
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Compound Word Puzzle 3
Do some fun wordplay with this suffix worksheet. Kids will add a suffix to the end of three different words to show that they have a linguistic connection.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #9
Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #9
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #9
If your second grader's slipping in spelling, get her to complete this worksheet by brainstorming the missing half of each compound word.
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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Vocabulary Cards: Vocabulary Focus
Vocabulary Cards: Vocabulary Focus
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Vocabulary Cards: Vocabulary Focus
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson: Vocabulary Focus.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Parts of Clothes: Sweater
Parts of Clothes: Sweater
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Parts of Clothes: Sweater
This sight word activity is all about the clothes we wear! This sheet will teach your little one about the different parts of a sweater.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #3
Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #3
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #3
This colorful, ice cream cone-filled worksheet asks your second grader to mix and match words to make her own compound words!
2nd 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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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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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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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #5
Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #5
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #5
Can your second grader complete these sentences by deciding which words are compound, and which aren't?
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Compound Word Puzzle 2
Compound Word Puzzle 2
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Compound Word Puzzle 2
Wordsmiths will enjoy this word-building activity that focuses on suffixes. Challenge your child to find a common suffix between three words in this worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Glossary: Vocabulary Focus
Glossary: Vocabulary Focus
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Glossary: Vocabulary Focus
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson: Vocabulary Focus.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #7
Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #7
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #7
Is your second grader having grammar troubles? Clear things up--at least when it comes to compound words--with this word puzzle!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Parts of a Bed
Parts of a Bed
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Parts of a Bed
Engage your little one with a fun sight words activity, where she'll learn the different parts on a piece of furniture we use every day: a bed!
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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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #10
Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #10
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #10
Challenge your second grader to add up the picture clues to create his own compound words.
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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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #6
Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #6
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #6
Using the word bank, can your second grader choose the compound word--among other regular words--that best completes each sentence?
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #14
Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #14
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Get a Grip on Grammar: Compound Words #14
These sentences are missing some pieces. Can your second grader fill in the blanks, using the images above each sentence as a guide?
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Parts of a Car
Parts of a Car
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Parts of a Car
Can you name the different parts of a car? Review some important sight words that we use in everyday life with this fun activity.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Parts of a Lamp
Parts of a Lamp
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Parts of a Lamp
Help your little learner get to know her household items with a fun cut and paste matching activity! This one will show her the different parts of a lamp.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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The Build-a-Word Card Game: Better than Go Fish!
The Build-a-Word Card Game: Better than Go Fish!
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The Build-a-Word Card Game: Better than Go Fish!
Compound words get easier if kids can spot two smaller words that they already know inside. Add some fun to the process with this card game!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Activity
Compound Word Art
Compound Word Art
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Compound Word Art
If your child enjoys drawing, here's a fun way to learn about compound words that uses art as a visual aid.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Activity

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.