1. Overview

Hear a two-syllable compound word and identify either the first or last syllable, but without picture clues. Dividing a compound word into individual syllables is called analysis.

compound words part 6
“Say football, but take away ball…”

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2. Materials

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3. Activity

Video: How to play Compound Words, Part 6

To start the game, you will say a two-syllable compound word from the provided word list. Then tell him to drop one part of the word and give you the remaining part. There are no picture clues in this game, so he will have to work harder to remember the word, divide it into parts, and say only the part you ask him for.

Adult: I’m going to say a word, and you will tell me
            just one part of the word I say.
            Sometimes I will ask you to tell me the first part of the word,
            and sometimes I will ask you to tell me the last part.
            So listen carefully.
            Here’s the word. Listen: cupcake. Say cupcake.

Child: Cupcake.
Adult: Now say cupcake, but don’t say cup.
Child: Cake!
Adult: That’s right.
            Here’s another word. Listen: football. Say football.
            Say football, but don’t say ball.

Child: Foot!
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 wheel.” The extra word will just confuse your child.

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4. Confidence Builder

This game requires a lot of attention on the child’s part. It is very difficult for some children because it’s more complex than any of the other compound word activities he has previously encountered.

If he gets frustrated with this activity, go back to Compound Words Part 5 (D7), which is the same activity, but with picture clues. Keep practicing Activity D7 until the child shows good understanding and mastery. Then try this game again.

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5. Extension

With these extended word lists, you can challenge your child with some more words before moving on to the next module or have a longer word list to use with a group of children.

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6. Small Groups (2-5 children)

Lesson Objective: With no visual aids, children will hear a two-syllable, spoken compound word, delete either the first or last syllable as directed, and say the remaining word.

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

Georgia Standards of Excellence: ELAGSEKRF2.b

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

Additional Materials:

  • various classroom items
  • coin (for Reinforcement activity)

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

Let the children select an object found in the classroom to use as a “microphone.” Follow the directions above using the word list provided. The children can say their answers into their “microphones.”

Reinforcement: As a small group, brainstorm a list of compound words. Record the children’s responses. (You can also just use the provided list.) Let the children take turns spinning or flipping the coin. If it lands on heads, they must identify the first syllable in the compound word. If it lands on tails, they must identify the last syllable.

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

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