Compound Words Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teaching students about compound words can be fun. Use this lesson plan to introduce your students to the subject. Define the concept, look at some examples, and reinforce with a fun game.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define compound words
  • identify compound words in print
  • write examples of compound words


40 minutes


  • clothes pins
  • strips of construction paper or ribbon
  • index cards with compound words written on them, divided
  • poster board or chart paper
  • art supplies, such as markers and colored pencils

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.4

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.

  • 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).


  • Prepare students for learning and connect to prior knowledge by passing out compound word index cards. Instruct students to find a partner that creates one whole word.
  • When partners have been formed, ask students to sit together near the electronic white board or device you're using to display our lesson.
  • Ask students what they notice about the word they formed. Guide them to recognize they are two words put together. Define compound word and write on chart paper.
  • Tell students they will be learning about compound words. Read the first section of our lesson Compound Words Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples, 'What are Compound Words?' Ask:
    • How are compound words different from regular words?
    • Can any two words be put together to create a compound word?
  • Read the next section, 'How do Compound Words Work?'
  • Write several words on the board, some compound words and some not. Ask students to identify compound words and explain their thinking.
  • Read the next section, 'Examples.' Complete the activity along with the lesson.
  • Finally, allow students to identify compound words in sentences with the 'Let's Practice!' section. Have students copy the compound word into notebooks, then share answers.
  • Read 'Compounds are All Around Us' and 'Lesson Summary' together. Answer any remaining questions.

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