What our Compound Words lesson plan includes
Lesson Objectives and Overview: Compound Words engages students’ critical thinking and language awareness as students explore as many compound words as they can think of in an interactive activity. Students will learn the different types of compound words and will practice identifying them in the things they read. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to recognize and use compound words. This lesson is for students in 2nd grade.
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 orange 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. For this lesson, the supplies you will need are scissors and the handouts. To prepare for this lesson ahead of time, you can find items to use for the opening of the lesson, gather the supplies, and copy the handouts.
Options for Lesson
Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. One of the suggested additions to this lesson is to use the words from the activity to create a matching game for your students, turning all of the words upside down and having them take turn finding matches. You can also have students complete the homework assignment as an in-class activity and walk the students around the school or take them outside to find objects with compound words.
The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. It notes that students will likely enjoy finding and creating compound words. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.
COMPOUND WORDS LESSON PLAN CONTENT PAGES
The Compound Words lesson plan includes two pages of content. The lesson begins with two sentences that include several compound words. The lesson defines compound words as two smaller words that are combined to make new words with different meanings. We have many compound words in the English language, and it’s important to be able to recognize them. The lesson uses the word airport as an example. We create this word using two smaller words: air and port. When you join them together, they create the word airport and have a different meaning than the two smaller words on their own.
Three Kinds of Compound Words
Students will learn that there are three kinds of compound words: closed, open, and hyphenated. We write closed compound words as a single word. Examples include haircut, airport, milkman, rollerblade, waterway, and makeup. We write open compound words as separate words, but they have a new meaning when written together. Examples include high school, dining room, and school bus. Hyphenated compound words have a hyphen located between the words. Examples include well-known, merry-go-round, twenty-one, and first-rate.
The lesson then gives the example of the word treehouse. Treehouse is a compound word that we can write in multiple ways (as either treehouse or tree house). This is an example of a compound word that can be written as either an open or a closed compound word. There are many words like this in the English language. You can become familiar with them by reading and writing. The lesson ends with some examples of sentences that contain each type of compound word.
COMPOUND WORDS LESSON PLAN WORKSHEETS
The Compound Words lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.
CREATING COMPOUND WORDS ACTIVITY WORKSHEET
For the activity worksheet, students will first cut out all of the words on the worksheet. They will then match them together to create as many open and closed compound words as they can. They will write down each word they create.
COMPOUND WORDS PRACTICE WORKSHEET
The practice worksheet asks students to circle the open and closed compound words in a given paragraph. They must also add the hyphens to any hyphenated compound words.
COMPOUND WORDS AT HOME HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT
Students will complete the homework assignment at home. They will walk through their house and find and list at least 25 objects that contain a compound word. These can be either open or closed compound words. They can look inside of their refrigerator, the drawers in their room, the kitchen cabinets, and even take a walk around their neighborhood to find the objects.
Worksheet Answer Keys
This lesson plan includes an answer key for the practice worksheet. No answer keys are provided for the activity worksheet or the homework assignment, as students’ answers will vary. 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.