The 20 compound words in this activity are all from Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I cut the word puzzle pieces (half the map of Australia, I don’t worry about trying to include Tasmania) out and have them in a bag or basket in my literature center. Students then put the puzzle halves together to make compound words. There is a recording sheet included for them to write the words that they form.
I have used this activity as an introduction to compound words and as a review. The activity works best as more of a review. After we’ve read through the story several times and have a good understanding of the basic story elements and sequence of events, I introduce/review the concept of compound words. I then read through the story again and have students listen and watch for compound words. They indicate the “discovery” of a compound word with a pre-arranged signal (raising hand, snap fingers, stand up, etc.). After this the students are more prepared to create the compound words themselves and I have fewer “invented” words on their recording sheets.