Compound Words That Make Sense

Using games to work with compound words makes it more exciting for our students. These fast paced games keep them asking for more while practicing making and reading words.


This year, my district finally purchased LLI, Leveled Literacy Intervention, for me! I love it and all of the lessons, but I don't like that it has taken away some of my ability to create new and fun lessons for my students. I decided that after every 10 lessons, we would have a "game day". We have had some game days this year, and I was excited that my second graders had been working on compound words. Though this seems so easy, I love that I could help them see that smaller words can make bigger words.

The Lesson

Because some of the books and poems they would be reading had some compound words in them, we worked to make a list of compound words they had seen or used. I really liked using basic sight words to create some of those compound words.
Building compound words with sight words helps students see how they work.

The Fun!

After a few days of compound words and reading books, we finally made it through our tenth lesson! I used my compound words match up games for the kid to review and play.  {The football themed is a freebie!}
Compound Word Match Up {Self-correcting Pictures and Words} Football Compound Sight Words Match-Up {FREEBIE}
First they played the Football Compound Match Up, which is with sight words that make compound words. They flipped the cards until they had a word.
Using games to work with compound words makes it more exciting for our students. These fast paced games keep them asking for more while practicing making and reading words.

Then they played the butterfly version with basic sight words. It was played in the same way, but the cards match to make real words. They are even self checking.
Using games to work with compound words makes it more exciting for our students. These fast paced games keep them asking for more while practicing making and reading words.

Using games to work with compound words makes it more exciting for our students. These fast paced games keep them asking for more while practicing making and reading words.

After making their compound words, they also wrote sentences with some of the words they made.
Using games to work with compound words makes it more exciting for our students. These fast paced games keep them asking for more while practicing making and reading words.

Overall, they had a great time making compound words! Nothing like making something so simple so much fun!



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Using games to work with compound words makes it more exciting for our students. These fast paced games keep them asking for more while practicing making and reading words.

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