Compound Words | Spelling Patterns


With our Compound Words | Spelling Patterns lesson plan, students learn about compound words, including how they’re formed and when they’re used. Students learn to identify and spell compound words and practice doing so as a part of this lesson.

This lesson includes a very detailed, step-by-step lesson plan and outlines what parts of the lesson can be taught on which day. You can find these suggestions in the “Options for Lesson” section on the first Classroom Procedure page.

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What our Compound Words | Spelling Patterns lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Compound Words | Spelling Patterns teaches students the basics of compound words, including how we form and use them. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to correctly identify and spell compound words, be able to synthesize knowledge from the word sort in order to correctly spell transfer (bonus) words, and will understand how compound words are created. This lesson is for students in 3rd grade and 4th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the green box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand.

The supplies you will need for this lesson are spelling notebooks, dictionaries, handouts, scissors, paper, pencils, art supplies, times, envelopes, and baggies. To prepare for this lesson ahead of time, you can make copies of the handouts and anchor chart supplies, choose words and transfer words for testing, preview the videos, print additional resources, and gather the supplies.

Options for Lesson

The suggestions for this lesson provide a guide for which parts of the lesson you can administer on which of the four days scheduled for the lesson. For example, for day one, it suggests having students learn the general concept of a main idea and practice identifying the main idea and supporting details as a group.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.


The Compound Words | Spelling Patterns lesson plan does not include any content pages. Rather, it provides a very detailed lesson plan, found on the two Classroom Procedure pages and the Spelling Sort page.


The Compound Words | Spelling Patterns lesson plan includes four worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, a homework assignment, and a quiz. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


For the activity worksheet, students will add either the first or second word, listed in the provided chart, to create compound words. Students can use the words in their sort along with other words they know. They can check the words that they create with a dictionary to make sure they are accurate. They will also list the rule for this week’s sort at the bottom of the worksheet.


The practice worksheet asks students to build a word directions with their fellows classmates. Students will play in groups of two or more to cut out the word cards, shuffle them, and give three to each player. The oldest player goes first and puts down one of the three cards face up. The next player will use one of the three cards to create a compound word by adding that word to the front or back of the first card played. If they can’t create a word, they will take a new card from the pile. If they still can’t make a word, play will pass to the next player. Students aim to get rid of all of the cards in their hand.


For the homework assignment, students will cut out their spelling words and sort them correctly into the columns on the worksheet. They will also write the spelling rules for this week’s sort at the bottom of the worksheet.


For the quiz, students will use the spelling grid on the quiz page. They’ll write four headings at the top. The teacher will dictate ten spelling words and two bonus words. Once they write the words down, students will write down the sort rules.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the activity worksheet and the homework assignment. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


3rd Grade, 4th Grade


Language Arts, Video

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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