Give one student one hand/word, give a second student the corresponding hand/word: example rain, bow. Then have the Students stand up in a large group or small group setting. Holding up their hand, they say their word. First rain, then the student with bow says their word. Then have them high five and yell out “RAINBOW”! Do this with each compound set.
You can also have them do it with “fist bumps” if they prefer.
Building up your students vocabulary is an important part of the learning process. For most students, a hands on activity where they have a physical motion, with the visual image of the words, will provide a visualization to get them thinking about how smaller words can be joined together to create compound words.