compound words

You know you’re a nerd when you get excited about words.
I am a nerd.
I was excited to teach compound words.
Rain/bow.
Cup/cake.
Butter/fly.
What isn’t to love?
To teach my students about these lovely word pairs, we made a HUGE list of all the compound words we could think of. Then, with the words on the board, we made Compound Cards:

 I love this activity, because my students really have to think about the meaning of the compound word, as well as, the two words that it is composed of.
This fun activity is also easy to prepare (which is great, because there aren’t enough hours in the day)!
All you have to do is cut construction paper in half, horizontally.  Easy!
The next day, we started another huge list and it is still growing! I love how they are always thinking up new compound words (and some non-compound words–that they wish were compound words, so they could write it on the list).
The list is actually taped down to a table, instead of on the wall. I am very particular about what can go up on my classroom walls, and it is easier for them to write words down on a table.

I would love to hear how you teach compound words to you students!

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