Your child will read the small words within a bigger compound word in order to read the whole word.
Before the activity, select a word list and decide if you will prepare 4 or 8 words for your child to read. You will need one piece of paper for 4 words and two sheets for 8 words. Each word on the lists is a compound word. (HINT: A compound word, like cupcake or thunderstorm, is made up of two smaller words.) Next, you will make word cards with doors for each word you will use.
Follow these steps:
Repeat for each word you plan to use in the activity.
To begin, explain to your child using one of the word cards as an example by saying, “Here’s a fun way to practice reading big, compound words. Behind the doors on this card is a big word. The big, compound word is made from two small words that you might know. You will open one door at a time to look for a word you know that can help you read the compound word.” Ask your child to open the left door to show the word. Ask, “Do you know this word?” If your child does not know the word or says another word, encourage them to sound out the letters.
Continue to the word behind the door on the right. It is okay if your child doesn’t know the smaller words that make up the bigger compound word. Again, help your child as needed with sounding out the word. Then they can open both doors and read the bigger word.
Praise your child for reading a big word. Repeat the routine with each word.
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