My Long-lost Pair
One of the compound words interactive activities that you can do in the classroom is "My Long-lost Pair." Gauge how well your students use visual clues and measure their previous knowledge on what compound words they already know by doing this activity. Here are the guidelines or directions:
1. Prepare flash cards, the number of which should match the number of students you have in your room. Written on each flashcard is a half of a compound word. For instance, bookworm would be split into two cards--book and worm. Depending on the grade level you are handling, choose compound words appropriate to the vocabulary proficiency your class profile dictates.
2. Have your students pick out a card from the set that you made. Then, tell them not to show their cards to anyone yet. The teacher then proceeds to tape a card on each student's back. After a student is done having his/her card taped onto his/her back, s/he is to go to any area with his/her back to the wall. The procedure is the same for everybody else, until all the students have their backs to the wall.
3. At the teacher's signal, everyone pries away from the wall and mingle with the rest of the class. Their task (to be accomplished in three to five minutes, depending on the grade level) is to search for their missing other half. The challenge here is to have someone else read their words for them since they are unable to see what half is assigned to them and what other half they should be looking for. For early grades, this is an effective way to practice both reading skills and life skills as the task will require that they read words aloud and they work cooperatively with each other.
4. Once a pair finds each other, they are to shout, "We found our long-lost pair!" and run to the teacher. The teacher then checks the compound word formed, then instructs the pair to get each other's cards and tape them on the board in the correct order.
5. Everyone else is to go on finding their pairs and taping their compound words on the board.
After the game has been concluded, the teacher then proceeds by discussing each compound word and how they knew about the existence of those words. Examine if (1) the compound word is composed of two words that form a meaning related to the individual words, as in book + case = bookcase (a case for books) or (2) the compound word is composed of two words that form a completely different meaning unrelated to its two halves as in dead + line = deadline. For a list of compound words, visit this link.