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Compound Words
'Ladybird' is an example of a compound word.

Compound Words

Let's explore compound words in this fun KS2 English quiz! Compound words are like word buddies – two words joined to create something new. Take 'ladybird' for example; it's not a lady or a bird, but a special insect!

If you're unsure, check how many words are hiding inside the main word. If there are two complete words in there, you've found a compound word! Watch out for prefixes – they might try to trick you. Have a go at this quiz and become a compound word detective!

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1.
Find the compound word in the following sentence.
They were unable to build a snowman because there wasn't enough snow.
unable
build
snowman
enough
Snowman = snow + man.
2.
Find the compound words in the following sentence.
In the afternoon, the grass was so warm and dry that the children decided to go barefoot.
afternoon, grass
afternoon, barefoot
children, decided
decided, barefoot
Afternoon = after + noon / barefoot = bare + foot.
3.
Find the compound words in the following sentence.
She gave a gentle stir with the teaspoon and then replaced the lid on the teapot.
gentle, teaspoon
teaspoon, replaced
teaspoon, teapot
replaced, teapot
Teaspoon = tea + spoon / teapot = tea + pot.
4.
Find the compound word in the following sentence.
On our science trip, we saw butterflies, wasps, ants and mosquitoes.
science
butterflies
wasps
mosquitoes
Butterfly = butter + fly.
5.
Find the compound word in the following sentence.
The waves crashed against the base of the ancient lighthouse.
waves
crashed
ancient
lighthouse
Lighthouse = light + house.
6.
Find the compound word in the following sentence.
My mum enjoys reading the newspaper every evening.
enjoys
reading
newspaper
evening
Newspaper = news + paper.
7.
Find the compound words in the following sentence.
The headteacher raised her eyebrow when we tried to explain our practical joke.
headteacher, eyebrow
raised, eyebrow
tried, practical
explain, joke
Headteacher = head + teacher / eyebrow = eye + brow.
8.
Find the compound words in the following sentence.
I always thought it was a mistake to try to grow strawberries inside the fridge.
mistake, strawberries
mistake, fridge
strawberries, inside
inside, fridge
Strawberries = straw + berries / inside = in + side ('in-' can also be a prefix, as in 'inconsiderate', but here it has the meaning of the whole word 'in').
9.
Find the compound words in the following sentence.
Billy couldn't find room in the suitcase for his football.
couldn't, room
couldn't, suitcase
room, football
suitcase, football
Suitcase = suit + case / football = foot + ball.
10.
Find the compound word in the following sentence.
My auntie looked in her handbag for a tissue.
auntie
looked
handbag
tissue
Handbag = hand + bag.
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Compound words

Author:  Sheri Smith

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