ALEX Lesson Plan


Compound Words

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Author:Chris Tice
System: Dale County
School: Midland City Elementary School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 7887


Compound Words


In this lesson the students will be introduced to compound words through the use of a multimedia presentation. Students will then form compound words through the use of teacher-made puzzles. Finally, the students will participate in a game in which they "catch" compound words projected from an overhead projector by using strips of white poster paper.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
ELA2015 (1)
40. With guidance and support from adults, demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings. [L.1.5]
a. Sort words into categories (e.g., colors, clothing) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent. [L.1.5a]
b. Define words by category and by one or more key attributes (e.g., a duck is a bird that swims; a tiger is a large cat with stripes). [L.1.5b]
c. Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at home that are cozy). [L.1.5c]
d. Distinguish shades of meaning among verbs differing in manner (e.g., look, peek, glance, stare, glare, scowl) and adjectives differing in intensity (e.g., large, gigantic) by defining or choosing them or by acting out the meanings. [L.1.5d]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will match and combine two words to form a compound word. Students will identify compound words from a list of words.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Small bag of teacher-made compound word zigzag puzzles for each group of 2-3 students, a transparency prepared with compound words as well as other words, a strip of white poster paper, and compound word worksheet (attached)

Technology Resources Needed:

Computer, PowerPoint presentation (attached), digital projector


Print a collection of compound words on sentence strips and laminate. Make puzzles by cutting each laminated compound word in a zigzag fashion between the two words that form the compound word. Prepare enough for each study group of 2 or 3 students to have a set of 5-6 compound word puzzles. Place each set into a small bag. Prepare an overhead transparency by writing compound words as well as other words on the transparency in a random fashion, spacing far apart. Cut a strip of white poster paper large enough to be used to "catch" a compound word. Make copies of compound word assesment sheet (attached) for each student.

1.)Introduce compound words as words formed from two smaller words by showing the attached PowerPoint presentation to the students.

2.)Divide the class into groups of 2 or 3 students. Give each group a small bag containing puzzle pieces for 5 - 6 compound words. Instruct the groups to put the puzzle pieces together to discover some compound words. Let the groups share their words with the entire class. (These bags of puzzles can then be placed in a center for students to use during center time.)

3.)Play a "catch the compound word" game. Show the transparency containing compound words and other words on the overhead projector. Have the students form two teams. Team members take turns trying to "catch" a compound word by holding a strip of poster paper so a compound word appears on the strip instead of the projector screen. If a team member is successful in identifying a compound word, his/her team receives a point. The team with the most points wins.

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Assessment Strategies

The attached worksheet will be used as an assessment.





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