Compound words are such a simple concept, yet some students really have a hard time with them. Not that they don't understand the concept but ways to use them uniquely. As I walked into my favorite fourth grade teacher's writing class, I was amazed by the work her students were doing with the book Once There Was a Bull...Frog. (Affiliate links provided to help me with book purchases.)
Book SummaryThe book Once There Was a Bull...Frog tells the story of a bullfrog who has lost his hop and is searching for it. Each page leaves the reader with a cliffhanger, showing that the bull frog has stopped at something else unable to find his hop. The reader is left with part of a compound word and has to figure out what the other half might be. Here is an example.
Students enjoy the fun story as they try to figure out where the bullfrog has looked by thinking about the compound word they may encounter. After reading the book, students in my friend's class wrote their own new pages for the books, leaving the reader with a cliffhanger compound word. Look at these examples.
All in all, this is a fun book for students to use to focus on compound words and how they can be used in every day reading and writing. Students enjoyed the story and were so creative with their new pages for the book. I always love a good mentor text for helping with different writing forms, even something so simple as compound words.
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