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Each year with my younger students I try to have a set of words for vocabulary building. Two years ago, we did rhyming words. This past year we did synonyms and antonyms. For the coming year I am planning on doing compound words.
The beauty of compound words is that it is a three for one deal. When you learn a compound word you can also learn the two words embedded in it...hence, three new words added to your vocabulary. Here's a look at what I will be doing with my students with these words in the near future...
I bought these cards from Teachers pay Teachers. I chose thirty words and created cards so that we can play Memory and Go Fish with them. The idea is to match the two words to make one compound word.
My students also like the game we call Golpea. In this game, I lay out the cards and call out a word. My students then try to slap the correct cards. In this case, if you call out a compound word there are two words to get. The student with the most cards at the end wins.
I also bought Easter Eggs and created these...
The first part of the word goes on the top and the second one on the bottom. I can now separate the eggs, mix them up, and have my students put them back together again. I can also show them pictures of the compound words and see if they can form the word with the eggs.
Another option for compound words is to call out part of the word and see if your students can tell you the other half. Also, you can call out the words, either the parts or the total compound word, and see if they can draw them.
So have you taught compound words to your students? I would love to hear what you have done. Leave me a comment.