Compound Words

Anchor Charts


Enjoy these activities to help teach the skill compound words to your students.

Compound Words

This anchor chart takes literally two minutes to create. On a large piece of paper, write the title and definition for compound words. Using large sticky notes, write compound words divided into parts.

For an easy class activity, pass out the sticky notes. Students must walk around the room and find another student whose sticky note will go together with the one s/he is holding to form a compound word. The students place the two sticky notes together on the anchor chart.

Another version of this activity that works really well as a small group activity is to place all the sticky notes randomly on a board. Students search through the sticky notes to pair up words that create compound words and place them on the anchor chart.

Spelling City has spelling lists by grade level. Look for the compound word lists.

Additional Compound Word Resources

Print the organizer onto colored paper. Students write two words, one on each side of the organizer that when put together will form a compound word. 

In the center of the organizer, students write the definitions of each compound word in the first row of boxes. In the second row of boxes, they draw illustrations of the compound words. 

To assemble the foldable organizer, fold the organizer on the dotted lines and cut on the solid lines between the words. 

See the illustration for the completed organizer. This free organizer contains one example word followed by four spaces for students to add additional compound words. Because the organizer may be used with any words, it works well for differentiated instruction and with a number of grade levels.


Additional compound word activities are found in this blog post.

Vocabulary Related Webpages



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Compound Words
Context Clues
Prefix Games


Root Words
Shades of Meaning
Troublesome Words

Synonyms and Antonyms