compound words


This language lesson is designed for 6 to 12-year-old children. It helps the child learn about forming compound words with pictures. 


What are Compound words?

Compound words are formed when two or more words join together to make a new word with a new meaning. 

For example, 

butter + fly = butterfly.

cup + cake = cupcake


In this video lesson, picture cards are used to help a child form new compound words. It also helps the child to practice breaking the compound word into its root words.


Examples of Compound words shown in video

foot + ball = football 

cup + cake = cupcake

tree + house = tree house

rain + bow = rainbow

tooth + brush = toothbrush

book + shelf = bookshelf

arm + chair = armchair

bread + stick = breadstick

lip + stick = lipstick

ear + ring = earring

snow + man = snowman

drum + stick = drumstick and more


Watch the video to learn how to form the compound words and to break them to create two different words.

Invite the child to make new compound words with the pictures of familiar objects around them, as shown in the video, and help them enhance their vocabulary.


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Video Created by: Justine McNeilly

Elementary | Language | Compound Words (English)



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