Let students have vocabulary fun
with this bell-ringer activity
that introduces them to portmanteau words.
In this 5-page printable
activity, students . . .
• read about the ETYMOLOGY
of “portmanteau” words (Lewis Carroll devised its use this way in THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
• get acquainted with portmanteaux they already know, like SMOG, PRISSY, and even KIMYE and BRANGELINA
• use DEFINITION CLUES
to determine 17 portmanteaux.
The portmanteau __ __ __ __ __ means “an inn providing lodging and parking” and is a combination of m __ __ __ __ and h __ __ __ __.
Answer: motel (motor + hotel)
An answer key
This classroom-tested is suitable for upper elementary, junior high, high school, and adult students.
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