Exploring Compound Words: Word Building Fun

Exploring Compound Words: Word Building Fun COLLIER 2024

Compound Words are fun! Are you looking for creative ways to enhance your students’ phonological awareness and word-building skills? Check out compound words! While forming compound words and combining two or more words to create a new one, offer a wealth of opportunities for engaging, hands-on learning experiences in the classroom.

Exploring Compound Words: Word Building Fun COLLIER 2024

In this blog post, we’ll explore how you can use compound words to foster phonological awareness,  word-building through interactive activities, vocabulary building, matching games, and worksheets.

Understanding Compound Words

Compound Words are fun! Are you looking for creative ways to enhance your students’ phonological awareness and word-building skills? Check out compound words! While forming compound words and combining two or more words to create a new one, offer a wealth of opportunities for engaging, hands-on learning experiences in the classroom.

In this blog post, we’ll explore how you can use compound words to foster phonological awareness,  word-building through interactive activities, vocabulary building, matching games, and worksheets.

Phonological Awareness Activities

1.  Word Part Play: Say a compound word aloud and have students clap or tap out the individual components. For example, for “cupcake”, students would clap twice. Repeat this activity with many different gross motor activities like stomping, jumping, and clapping overhead. This activity helps students recognize and manipulate syllables within words. To read more about this, check out Phonemic Awareness: Step 6 Helping Students Thrive with Phonemes.

2. Compound Word Addition: Introduce compound words as adding two separate words to make one new word. Demonstrating a two-hand activity, start by using an outstretched left hand, say the beginning of the compound word and an outstretched right hand, say the ending of the compound word.

As you clap your hand, you say the whole word. Continue by saying the two word separately and ask the students to combine the words and say the compound word.

Exploring Compound Words: Word Building Fun COLLIER 2024

This activity develops phonemic awareness at its earliest levels and encourages creativity in wordplay.

Exploring Compound Words: Word Building Fun COLLIER 2024

3. Compound Word Subtraction: Introduce separating compound words with the opposite activity to the prior lesson. The teacher starts with their hands together, stating the compound word as a whole. Students are then asked to separate their hands by saying the beginning word on their outstretched left hand and the ending word on their outstretched right hand.

Hands-On Matching Games

5. Compound Word Shared Beginnings: Introduce compound words that have shared beginnings, such as “sunset” and “sunrise”.

Have students identify the shared sound and brainstorm other compound words with the same beginning. This activity develops phonemic awareness and encourages creativity in wordplay.

The set uses flowers with 7 petals to encourage “word building” a garden. Students can be divided into cooperative groups or partners to build their flower.  

6. Compound Word Shared Endings: Introduce compound words that have shared endings, such as “football” and “baseball“.

Exploring Compound Words: Word Building Fun COLLIER 2024

Have students identify the shared sound and brainstorm other compound words with the same ending.

The set uses gumball machines with common endings and seven gumballs. Using small groups or partners, students can build a Compound Candy Shop.

Exploring Compound Words: Word Building Fun COLLIER 2024

7. Compound Word or Two Syllables? The last activity makes sure the students know the difference between a compound word and a two syllable word.

Students have practice sorting compound words (a word made up of two individual words, both parts have meaning) and two-syllable words (words made up of two parts that can not necessarily stand alone.              

Compound Words = butterfly                                 

Two-Syllables = rabbit

Compound words offer a rich terrain for exploring phonological awareness, word-building skills, and vocabulary enrichment in K-1 classrooms.

By incorporating hands-on matching games, engaging worksheets, and phonological awareness activities, teachers can create dynamic learning experiences that captivate young learners’ curiosity and enthusiasm for language.

Through these activities, students not only expand their vocabulary but also develop essential literacy skills that will serve as a foundation for their future academic success.

Compound Word Lessons and Activities corresponding set contains hands-on activities for having fun with compound words in your classroom. The lessons can also make a informative bulletin board.

Exploring Compound Words: Word Building Fun COLLIER 2024
Cathy Collier

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