Compound Word Puzzles

Compound Words were a troubling thing for my third graders last year in Intervention. They never knew which words went together when they were writing in their journals. We had a mini lesson about them and it seemed to help, but I think these puzzles will really reinforce the concept!
There are a total of 166 compound word puzzles all featuring common beginnings.
I included score sheets, and a sample, so students can work on this independently in literacy centers or in small groups during Word Study/Word Work. I use these score sheets as an post-activity assessment tool.

First students will write in the word they believe makes a true compound word.

For example:
sea + weed = seaweed.

Next they will use the word in a context sentence:

Something touched me in the ocean and I was scared, but it was just seaweed!

If I see a student, or a group of students who were unable to use the compound words correctly, or put together words that do not fit, I know they need another lesson review with me. 
I included an Answer Key so students can check their compound words before handing in the sheets. This gives them a chance to see if their sentences make sense. If they put together a word like backpark and they do not see it on the list they will know they have made a mistake and they will be able to fix it.

The Answer Key lists all the words in this set alphabetically, by their beginnings. This allows you to separate the puzzles when you are introducing new compound word families. I like to introduce just a few families at a time, that way the game is not too difficult for beginners!
This set is available in my TpT store!


  1. I would use them by in groups with my students! Compound words are so much fun to teach!

    1. This spot is marked for Christina Marie, her comment was removed mistakenly.

      Christina Marie has left a new comment on your post "Compound Word Puzzles Giveaway!!":

      OOps! hit enter to soon! I would use this as a center and in small groups! My kids LOVED making compound words this year!

      Christina :)
      Posted by Christina Marie to Fashion Craze Learning Days at July 6, 2013 at 12:56 AM

  2. I would use this during word study especially with my English language learners.

  3. Nice work! Love it! I would use this daily, first thing in the morning, during my Word Study time. Thanks so much!

  4. I would first use them in reading groups and then I would use them at my centers for word work time.

  5. I would first use these during our morning message as a whole group then I would have the students use them during our Daily 5 round of Word Work.