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Free and Printable Word Searches- Compounds 250

Free and Printable Word Searches are always entertaining, and this one is really, REALLY fun! Do you know why? It's because kids will solve picture clues that form compound words first, and then locate all twenty words in the puzzle!

Here at Spelling-Words-Well, I always pack the word games and puzzles with both fun and learning!

Hint: Students in grades 3-6 will enjoy this puzzle. Younger kids will enjoy it, too, with a little help from a friend, older sibling or trusted adult. 

Here's screenshots of both pages Compound Word Search Puzzle.  Answers appear below. For best results, get your own printable version today!

Free and Printable Word Searches- Compounds pg1
Free and Printable Word Searches pg 2

 Printable Solution to the Word List and the Puzzle Diagram

1. cowbell
2. eardrum
3. rainbow
4. buttercup
5. earthworm
6. footnote
7. pineapple
8. heartburn
9. horseradish
10. keyboard
11. pancake
12. armchair
13. carpool
14. fingernail
15. moonlight
16. shipshape
17. brainstorm
18. handspring
19. breadstick
20. jellyfish

Extension Activities 

1. Assign students to work in pairs, and give each pair three 3" x 5" index cards. Instruct students to list several more compound words that were not in this puzzle. Ask each pair of students to illustrate three of their favorite compounds with two hand-drawn pictures, and sign their names on the back. Collect the index cards. Display them around the classroom and have all students try to figure out the correct compound for each others' cards. 

2. Assign students to work in pairs to create their own word search puzzles using words from one of my grade level word lists. Students may select words of their choice, or words with suffixes, double letters, or any other feature.

Give each team a piece of graph paper on which to work. Encourage them to draw a fun shape first, if you like. Then they can carefully add their choice of words into the grid, and make a list of the words they've added to the puzzle.

When word puzzles are finished, the teacher should check them over, make clean copies and share them amongst other students. 

This is fun and learning at its best! As students look through word lists, place words in the puzzles, and copy words into word lists, they are spelling, spelling, spelling!

3. Encourage groups of three students to write stories using compound words from the puzzle above. See how many words each group can use in a single story. Ask groups to read their stories to the rest of the class.

red plate - food scramble

  Here's another Compound Word Puzzle page! It's a delicious word scramble, full of compound food words. You won't find any doughnuts or fruitcakes here, but you will find 15 other foods. 

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Word Search Printable Puzzles - Double Take 250

NEW! Double Take - One of our newest word search puzzles printable! This is TWO fun puzzles in one! First you must finish spelling the words on the word list by inserting the correct pair of missing double letters. There are 42 words in all, and many possible combinations, but only one that works! When you've finished that puzzler, then you can search for all 42 in the word search puzzle. How long will it take you to complete this double take/double treat???

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NEW!  Vicious Vowels Search and Find Word Puzzle  Look for 45 words with tricky vowel spellings in this fun word search puzzle! Built-in practice activities will enhance learning. Extension activities also included on the web page. Words appear on our list of sixth grade spelling words, but 4th grade through adult ages will enjoy this challenge!

Seek a Word Puzzle Free -Three Word Search

NEW! Seek-a-Word Puzzles Free for Classroom Fun! This fun-filled shape holds 25 nouns from my list of third grade spelling words. How quickly can your active students find them all? This page works well at home, and with second and fourth graders, too!

number 4 word search

NEW! Fourth Grade Find-A-Word Puzzles: Words from our 4th grade spelling word list are hidden in this fun "4" shape for students' FUN and LEARNING! This word search puzzle features words with silent letters. It's printable for your convenience. Don't miss the special twist!

Eight-shaped word search puzzle with the word "eight" inside

The printable spelling worksheets on this page will provide your students fun practice in spotting and spelling troublesome words, said, friend, eight, and because. What better format to use than a word search puzzle? 

Fifth grade  free spelling page: Students identify incorrectly spelled words and find the correct ones in a fun word search puzzle. Based on our fifth grade spelling word list; suitable for grades 4-6.

smiling green alligator

Double Letter Animal Word Search:  Supply the missing pair of letters, then find each of the 40 animal names in the word search puzzle. Fun spelling practice for any age!

More Games and Puzzles on Spelling-Words-Well:

You may also enjoy these word search puzzles on my other website!

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kids printable crossword puzzles - starts with A

Starts with A - How many A words do you know? Probably more than you think! This kids crossword puzzle contains eighteen familiar A words. This puzzle works well for extra spelling and vocabulary practice at home or in the classroom.

Kid crossword - double Z words

Double Z Words - Will you be dazzled by this challenging kids' crossword puzzle? You'll need to find 15  ZZ words that fit the definitions.  Hint: I've just given you two of the answers! Another hint: All kids love the sense of accomplishment that comes with a completed crossword!

Put words in alphabetical order - foods - 200

Put Words In Alphabetical Order with this pair of engaging worksheets. The first list features 25 fun foods that must be alphabetized by their first and second letters. The second page requires students to look at the third and fourth letters in a list of five letter words that all begin with W. Challenging!

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Author Ann Richmond Fisher

Ann Richmond Fisher is a longtime published educational writer, a former classroom teacher and a former homeschool teacher. Ann's spelling bee resources, graded spelling word lists, spelling games, worksheets, and other language arts resources have become respected around the globe since she launched Spelling-Words-Well in 2010.

Ann is also the creator of www.word-game-world.com.


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