Overview of Compound Words

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Overview of Compound Words
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Compound words are made up of two smaller words. Each smaller word must be a real word, not an affix or a partial word.

For example, snowflake is a compound word because snow and flake are both words. However, reptile is not a compound word because rep cannot stand on its own as a word. Teaching students to look for compound words will help students to read larger, more complex words in the future.

Make sure that students have learned the words (or the concepts they represent) that form compound words.  For example, if a student had not learned the soft c and the word space as a sight word, the compound word spacecraft would not be appropriate for a lesson. 

Scaffold instruction by reading compound words from the same family (e.g., fireman, firefly, firewood, fireworks).

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