These puzzles help students understand how to predict the meaning of compound words using a few common semantic patterns (e.g. “A birdhouse is a house for a bird”, “A rattlesnake is a snake that has a rattle”, etc.). This is a great activity for students working on vocabulary, formulating sentences, or learning compound nouns. Recommended for kindergarten through 2nd grade.
This activity aligns closely with the following Common Core standard: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.4.D: Use knowledge of the meaning of individual words to predict the meaning of compound words (e.g., birdhouse, lighthouse, housefly; bookshelf, notebook, bookmark).
30 color and 30 black & white puzzles
2 puzzle mats (one colored, one black & white)
Color version: Print out pages 3-13 single sided. Laminate all. Cut out puzzles on dashed lines on pages 4-13. Give student pieces of one puzzle at a time and have student fit them together on puzzle mat while using the pictures to define the compound word.
Black & White version: This is a cut and paste activity. Print out puzzle mat on page 14 and select a page of black and white puzzles (pages 15-24) to print out. Cut out each puzzle on dashed lines and give student pieces of one puzzle at a time. Have student color puzzle pieces and glue them together on puzzle mat while using the pictures to define the compound word.
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