Before starting this lesson, check the Fast Track.

1. Overview

Hear a two-syllable compound word and identify either the first or last syllable, using picture cards as visual clues. Dividing a compound word into individual syllables is called analysis.

compound words part 5
“Say wheelchair, without chair…”

Now that your child has learned to identify a single syllable from a two-syllable compound word, we will mix up the words so that she will have to listen for either the first or last syllable. This will challenge her memory and listening skills.

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2. Materials

Print out the word list and the picture cards above. The word list will show which of the picture cards you should use for each round of this activity. For example, for the word doorknob, the list refers you to picture card #12, which has a picture of a door, the correct answer for doorknob.

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3. Activity

Video: How to play Compound Words, Part 5

Before each round of the game, find the appropriate picture card (the word list will tell you which one to use). Go through the images on the picture card and name them, to make sure you and your child are using the correct word for each picture (e.g., bird, not robin). Name the pictures from left to right and from top to bottom.

Adult: [showing picture card] Let’s look at these pictures.
            They show a wheel, wig, bee, and book.
            Now you name each picture as I point to it.

Child: Wheel. Wig. Bee. Book.
Adult: That’s right.

Be sure to do this identification before introducing the compound word for your child to analyze.

To start the game, you will say a two-syllable compound word from the provided word list, and have the child repeat it. Then tell her to drop either the first or last part and tell you the word that is left. Hold up the appropriate picture card to give her a visual clue.

Adult: I’m going to say a word, and you will tell me
            only one part of the word I say.
            The part I want you to say will be the same as one of these pictures.
            Here’s the word. Listen: wheelchair. Say wheelchair.

Child: Wheelchair.
Adult: [Hold up appropriate picture card.]
            Now say wheelchair, but don’t say chair.
            Do you see the word that is left in one of these pictures?

Child: Wheel.
Adult: That’s right.
            Here’s another one. Listen: rainbow. Say rainbow.

Child: Rainbow.
Adult: Right. Now say rainbow, but don’t say rain.
           
[Hold up appropriate picture card.]
            Rainbow without rain. Do you see the picture of the word that is left?

Child: Bow!
Adult: Good job!

Go through the other words in the word list until your child stops paying attention. You can continue the activity at your next session.

NOTE: Be careful not to add an extra “the” to your instructions, as in: “Say wheelchair without the chair.” The extra word will just confuse your child.

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4. Confidence Builder

If the child struggles, repeat examples from Compound Words Part 1 and Compound Words Part 3 until firm. Then, using the same cards, sometimes ask for the first part of the compound word and sometimes the last part. When the child is able to perform this activity easily, return to this activity.

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5. Small Groups (2-5 children)

Lesson Objective: Using picture cards as visual aids, children will hear a two-syllable, spoken compound word, delete either the first or last syllable as directed, and say the remaining syllable.

GELDS (Georgia Early Learning & Development Standards): CLL6.4e

Georgia Standards of Excellences: ELAGSEKRF2.b

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.2.B

Additional Materials:

  • popsicle sticks
  • markers
  • a die
  • optional: stickers

Adaptation: Read the main activity, watch the video, and follow the instructions above, with the following changes:

This activity works well with the children in pairs. Write each child’s name on a popsicle stick and put the sticks in a cup. Pull one stick from the cup, then let that child select another stick to determine her partner. Then the partner pulls out a stick to decide the first person in the next pair, and so on.

Give each pair a number, then roll a die to determine which pair gets called on to answer a question or confirm or correct someone else’s answer. Alternately, assign each pair a color, and put a color on each side of the die to determine who answers.

Once a pair arrives at a correct answer have the whole group repeat the correct answer, the first time in unison with you, the second time on their own.

Reinforcement: Let the children take turns being “teacher” and selecting the names to be called on. Follow the directions above. Provide a sticker for a correct answer.

Use this Reinforcement at Home form to tell parents and guardians how they can reinforce lessons outside the classroom.

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