Compound Nouns - Games and ESL Activities

Compound Noun Dominoes

ESL Compound Nouns Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this engaging compound nouns game, students combine words together to form compound nouns. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out five each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The top domino from the pile is then placed face up on the table. The first player puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that the words combine to form a compound noun. If the player forms a compound noun successfully, they score a point. For an extra point, the player then uses the compound noun in a sentence. The other players then take it in turns to match their dominoes in the same way by putting them down at either end of the domino chain and making a suitable sentence when a compound noun is formed. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take one from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. When a player has gotten rid of all their dominoes, the game ends. The students then add up their scores. The player with the most points wins the game. Afterwards, the students can shuffle the dominoes and play again. When the students have finished, go through the compound nouns and elicit the compound elements for each one, e.g. noun + noun, noun + verb, verb + noun, etc.
 

Compound Noun Creator

ESL Compound Nouns Game - Listening, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this fast-paced compound nouns game, students race to create as many compound nouns as they can from specified words. The students are divided into teams of four or five. You begin the game by picking up a card and calling out the word in bold, e.g. hair. In their teams, the students then race to write down as many compound nouns as they can think of using the word, e.g. hairbrush, hairdresser, haircut, hairstyle, etc. When a time limit has been reached (e.g. one minute), the teams stop writing and swap papers for marking. For each suitable compound noun that is not on your card, teams score a point. If a team has a compound noun that is on your card, they score two points. This process continues until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. When the students have finished, the meaning of each compound noun is reviewed and the compound elements for each noun are elicited. This game can also be played in groups with students playing individually and taking it in turns to pick up a card and call out a word.
 

Compound Pictionary

ESL Compound Nouns Game - Drawing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this creative compound nouns activity, students play a game where they guess compound nouns from drawings. The students are divided into two teams (A and B). One student from Team A comes up to the board. The student is given a card containing two words that when joined together form a compound noun. The student's task is to draw each word separately. The student is not allowed to speak or write anything. The student then draws the two words on the board. The first team to guess the compound noun wins and scores a point. For an extra point, the team then defines the compound noun. If the team is unable to define the word, the other team can steal the point by giving a correct definition. Then, a student from Team B comes to the board and so on. The game continues with teams taking it in turns to draw compound nouns until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. As an alternative, instead of asking for a definition, you could ask teams to tell you the compound elements (e.g. noun + noun, verb + noun, etc) or to use the compound noun in a sentence.
 
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