DD6 did some compound words last week - the presentation is really simple and great fun.
First put out a toy lady and ask for its name - write it on a strip of paper and place beneath the toy then show a toy bird and ask for its name - write it on a strip of paper and place beneath the toy
"watch this!" slide the two words together and ask what it says
"When I put lady and bird together I get a new word - Ladybird" (you can introduce a new toy here if you have one)
Repeat with foot and ball, cow and boy, lip and stick etc
Indicate the words lady and bird - "when these words are alone we call them root words - a root word is a word that has meaning. When you take two root words and combine them you create a new word, we call this new word a compound word"
The word 'compound' comes from the Latin word 'componere' which means to combine.
Once we had done the presentation I gave her a basket of root word toys and asked her to come up with some compound words of her own.
We followed up by playing a matching compound game from file folder fun
This game also had some blank snowmen to fill in - this is the game she made for her Dad.