Compound Words

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  1. MissH225

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    I am doing a lesson on compound words.Ill start talking about a compound word and how its made into two parts. In it students are each going to have a word and figure out a definition for it. Half the card will be blue the others yellow. The blue cards will be on the outside circle and the inside will be the yellow cards. They will then match with someone (inner with outer)and talk about their two words to see if they could use the 2 words to make a compound word that makes sense. If they can they will share it with the class and I probably will ask why certain pairs of words don't make sense. Then one of the circles will move and try again.

    My question for you guys is do you have any ideas for some good compound words. I have some but any paticular ones that you'd think would work well for this or just compound words 2nd graders should be familar with.
     
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    That sounds like a great activity!

    If you google "list of compound words" you can create quite a list, and get some more activities if needed.
     
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    Here are some i use for 2nd grade:
    cannot
    moonlight
    anybody
    sometimes
    butterfly
    something
    because
    basketball
    baseball
    football
    inside
    everything
    nowhere
    somewhere
    grandmother
    grasshopper
    popcorn
    thunderstorm
    seashore
    afternoon
    weekend
    bookmark
    bookshelf
    someone
    handmade
    homemade
    ponytail
    sailboat
    starfish (although the correct name really is a seastar.)
     
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    Tomorrow, I have to tell my kids I made a mistake. I told them that "together" was not a compound word... but when I looked it up, it was on several compound word lists.
     
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    I like your idea- but I'm not sure I follow exactly how you're going to use the circle. Are they going to set the cards onto a circle, use the cards to think of ideas and then write their words on the circle, or am I misunderstanding the setup?
     
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    Com (abbrev.) Pound (a unit of weight) words

    Hi,

    I don't think "together" is a compound word since the word "gether" would not make any sense by itself :(

    Here's a link with some great samples of compound words:

    http://www.rickwalton.com/curricul/compound.htm
     
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    Actually, I asked a college professor friend of mine, and he said that many consider it a compound word because it is a derivitive of the words "to - gather"

    He said it is an old argument -- some say it is, others say it isn't.

    I've decided to just tell my students that, and move on. :)
     
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    Oh yes, "to-gather" that is an old English root, I believe. Much of our English words have changed over the years. People used to say "I shan't" and I once had an old English teacher who was very dedicated to her English roots and would use very proper words. She would definitely say "togather" rather than "together."
     
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    The question of together as compound is a matter of synchrony vs. diachrony: language now versus language historically. Diachronically, yes, it's a compound. Synchronically, though - now - it never gets analyzed into its parts; for the purpose of the second-grade classroom, I wouldn't treat it as a compound.
     
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    TeacherGroupie, you always have the best answers! That is exactly what I meant, and I would agree that for the purpose of 2nd grade education, this would just confuse them.
     
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    meatball
    waterfall
    grandmother
    grandfather
    grandaughter
    grandson
    pancake
     
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    The "best answers"? Dunno about that. But thanks.
     

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