Matching Words Logically to Form Compound Words
To practice forming common compound words.
Two non-identical mats
10 prepared word labels. Examples: star, hair, Home, fire, friend, cup, rain, water, tooth, shoe. (have the labels in a pile.) NOTE: There should be some form of control of error or way for students to self correct when doing this work.
Three prepared headings that read: Route, Route, Compound Word.
Language Arts journals and pencils.
Most Montessori teachers introduce this topic in Year One.
Invite a small group of students together around the matt.
Announce to the students that today they will have the opportunity to work further with compound words.
Invite each student to read aloud one of the 10 words from the first pile, placing the label closer to the left side of the mat when they are finished.
Continue until all labels from the first pile have been read and placed on the mat in a straight column.
Invite a student to select the word from the left Matt and read it aloud.
Ask the student to take her/his label to the other Matt and put it together with a word that helps to form a sensible compound word.
Courage the students to take turns combining word pairs until all words are compounds.
Remove the “Root” heading and replace it with “Compound” above the column of compound words.
Remind the students a compound word occurs when two words combine to form a new word with a new meaning.
Encourage the students to take turns reading aloud the list of compound words.
Ask the students to create three more compound words and write them in their journals.
Pick a compound word and dry picture showing how it is made. For example, if the word shows in his arm chair, just a picture of an arm, a picture of a chair, and a picture of an armchair. Add an illustrated equation. Example: arm + chair = armchair.