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Compound Words - Worksheet

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 3 pages | Grades: 2 - 3

A 2-page worksheet to practice using compound words.

Two Combined Words = 1 Compound Word

Did you know that there were different types of compound words? It’s true!  A compound word is a word type where two or more words are combined to form a word or phrase with a new meaning. They fall into three groups: open, such as living room; closed, such as doghouse; and hyphenated, such as mother-in-law. Compound words are quite often some of the first multisyllable words that students learn to read, so you have to make your lessons meaningful and your practice activities thorough.

No Prep Compound Words Worksheet

With this easy-print compound words worksheet, students will break down compound words, combine words to form compound words, and write sentences using compound words. This 2nd-grade compound word worksheet includes an answer key to make grading fast and easy!

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:

Differentiate for Struggling Readers

  • Provide read-aloud accommodations or complete the activities in small-group learning sessions.
  • Allow students to use a compound word poster or anchor chart on compound words as a reference during the activity.

For a Challenge

  • Have students who have mastered the concept find other compound words in texts and make a compound word anchor chart.
  • Give them a challenging puzzle or compound word game to provide fun practice activities.

Easily Download & Print

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the Compound Words Worksheet PDF or the Google Slides version of this resource.

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.

Get more open and closed compound word worksheets to have handy!


This resource was created by Madison Schmalz-Barrett, a teacher in California and a Teach Starter Collaborator.

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