Compound Words...What Are They? What Do They Mean?
The Common Core standards states that students can use knowledge of the meaning of individual words to predict the meaning of compound words (e.g., birdhouse, lighthouse, housefly; bookshelf, notebook, bookmark). In the first slides, students are led through steps to know that: “I can try to use what I know about the small words in the compound words to find what the word may mean.” The teacher has a short script to model thinking aloud about how to find the answer to the meaning of the words. Next, there is a “rule breaker” slide, showing that you can’t always find the meaning of a compound word from its smaller parts, such as in the word butterfly. In the next set of slides, students learn to break a compound word into its smaller parts and write a sentence that describes the meaning of the word. There are two Word document worksheets linked and imbedded in the pages to practice describing the compound words in a complete sentence. Students round out the lesson by making their own compound words (combining words from two word banks) and writing the meaning of the word they created. This file can be used all year for review and practice.