Compound Words

Grade: K-2 Language Arts Lesson

Objectives: At the end of this lesson:

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Students will have a clear understanding of compound words and their uses.

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Students will work collaboratively with one another to form compound words.

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Students will be able to use compound words correctly in a sentence.

Illinois Learning Standards:

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IL-28.D.1a> Copy/write words, phrases, and simple sentences.

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IL-3.A STANDARD: Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and structure.

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IL-3.C STANDARD: Communicate ideas in writing to accomplish a variety of purposes.

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IL-4.B.1b> Participate in discussions around a common topic.

Materials:

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Easter eggs with words written on them

Procedures:

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Introduction:

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Review with students the concepts previously learned regarding compound words.

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A compound word consists of two base words coming together to form a new word with a different meaning.

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For example, home (a place where we live) and work (a job that we do) form homework (work that we do in the place where we live).

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Lesson:

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Each half of an Easter egg will have a base word on it.

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The goal is for students to hunt the egg halves and put them together to form a compound word.

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Students may work alone or with a partner for this activity.

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Once all of the compound words are formed, students will write a simple sentence using the word or words they have found.

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Closure:

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Have the students read the sentences aloud.

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Put the new compound words on the classroom word wall.

Modifications/Adaptations:

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This activity can be performed indoors or outside dependant upon weather conditions.

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Rather than hunting the eggs, students can choose egg halves from a box provided by the teacher.

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Teacher can hand out egg halves and instruct students to find the person who has the other piece of their egg. This is a good way to choose partners with no one getting left out.

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If there are non-readers in your classroom, you can perform this activity using pictures to represent the words.

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Use another form of connectors. For example, paper links.

Extensions/Technology:

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Have students combine the sentences they form to write a class story.

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Prepare a word search using the compound words.

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Students could research the words they find on the internet. For example, How to build a birdhouse.

Assessment:

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Students:

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Did students participate?

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Were they able to form compound words with either words or pictures?

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Did students write a coherent sentence? Did it exhibit proper sentence structure?

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Teacher:

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Did I convey ideas clearly?

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Was I sensitive to students needs?

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