Lesson Plan for Teaching Compound Words

If you are a teacher with a lesson on teaching compound words, you may have to come up with a savvy, creative and fun lesson. Use this compound words lesson plan to teach your elementary students about compound words using fun activities.

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Compound Words Lesson Plan Objectives

This lesson plan is designed for elementary-aged students. After finishing this lesson plan, students should be able to:

  • identify compound words
  • identify the roots of compound words
  • identify and match compound root words so that they can have a full compound word
  • identify compound words by sight throughout their roots

Lesson Plan Instruction: Teaching Compound Words

Prior to the activities, it’s essential to go over compound words with students. Provide them with a clear definition of what compound words are, and give them several different compound word examples.

  1. Write the definition of compound words on the board.
  2. Write two root words that create a compound word on the board, like play and ground.
  3. Show students how the words come together to create playground.
  4. Go through these steps several times until your class has a solid understanding.
  5. Write several words, both compound and not compound, on the whiteboard.
  6. Work together as a class to select all the compound words.

Compound Words Lesson Plan Activities

Compound word activities and worksheets allow your students to put their learning into action. You need construction paper or colored paper (colored index cards if you prefer), tape, a timer, markers, and prizes (optional) for these activities.

Compound Word Worksheet

Worksheets are a fun way for students to engage with compound words. This worksheet allows them to create their own compound words.

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  1. Print a worksheet for each student.
  2. Allow them to cut out the words and color them.
  3. Once everyone has their words cut out and designed, set a timer for 1 minute.
  4. Using their cut words, have them create as many compound words as they can.
  5. The student to come up with the most gets a prize.
  6. Have them keep their cards in their desks for an impromptu compound word creation activity.

Compound Word Tic-Tac-Toe

Tic-tac-toe is a fun game elementary kids love. Give it a unique spin with compound words. Instead of using Xs and Os, use the root words of compound words.

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  1. Pair students together.
  2. Have students create a tic-tac-toe game board on a sheet of paper.
  3. Assign each pair a root word like sun, play or snow.
  4. To play, students put a compound word using their root word in each box.
  5. The winner lines up 3 compound words with the same root word to get tic-tac-toe.
  6. Give students new root words with each round.

Compound Word Jeopardy

For this game, create a list of compound root words and topics on the board. For example, a topic could be at the beach and one of the words could be ball. Students could use that root word to create beachball. These should be of varying difficulty from easy to unusual. You'll need index cards and tape to create your Jeopardy board.

  1. Write the root words on the board in a 5 x 5 grid.
  2. Write a money amount on each index card and tape them over the words. You can also use a Jeopardy template.
  3. Split the class into two teams.
  4. Play out the Jeopardy game by having them uncover the root word and create an original compound word using it in 10-15 seconds. (Add extra difficulty by having them give you a definition of the compound word as well.)
  5. The team with the most points at the end wins.

Compound Words Lesson Plans

You will find that students will begin to enjoy learning about compound words. They will better be able to use their knowledge of compound words in their writing. It can be a beneficial lesson to learn, especially when you are an adult. Your lesson on compound words needs to be fun and challenging. Without the fun factor, no one would want to listen to any lessons whatsoever. Keep the fun going by incorporating building vocabulary lesson plans.

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