Compound Nouns - ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

Compound Noun Dominoes

ESL Compound Nouns Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this free compound nouns game, students combine words together to form compound nouns. Give each group of three 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.
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Compound Noun Creator

ESL Compound Nouns Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this fast-paced compound nouns game, students race to create as many compound nouns as they can from specified words. Divide the students 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, review the meaning of each compound noun and elicit each one's compound elements. 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.
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Compound Noun Pictionary

ESL Compound Nouns Game - Drawing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this creative compound nouns activity, students play a game where they guess compound nouns from drawings. Divide the students into two teams (A and B). One student from Team A comes up to the board. Give the student 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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Compound Nouns Worksheet

ESL Compound Nouns Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This engaging compound nouns worksheet helps students learn and practice a variety of compound nouns and their compound elements. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by looking at pictures and completing compound nouns with words from a box. Students then match each compound noun with its compound elements. Next, students complete sentences with suitable compound nouns from Exercise A. Students then move on to match words together to make 12 compound nouns. Afterwards, the students write the compound elements for each one. In the last exercise, students write a sentence about each picture using a compound noun.
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Compound Nouns Interactive Worksheet

ESL Compound Nouns Interactive Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This is an interactive PDF version of the above worksheet for English teachers working online. In the interactive worksheet, students complete a range of online exercises to learn compound nouns and their compound elements.
 

Compound Noun Question Time

ESL Compound Nouns Classroom Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 30 minutes

In this compound nouns teaching activity, students complete questions with one word to make closed compound nouns. Students then ask and answer the questions with a partner. Divide the students into two equal groups (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. The students then complete each question on the worksheet with one word to make a compound noun. When the students have finished, check the answers with each group. Next, the students work together, think of possible follow-up questions for each item and write them down. When the students have prepared the follow-up questions, each student pairs up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to ask and answer the questions with their partner. When the students have finished, they report back to the class on what they found out about their partner.
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Compound Noun Interactive Question Time

ESL Compound Nouns Interactive Breakout Room Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 30 minutes

Here is an interactive PDF version of the above activity for online English teachers. In the breakout room activity, pairs of students complete compound nouns in questions and then ask and answer the questions with their partner.
 

Compound Noun Conundrum

ESL Compound Nouns Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This fun compound nouns game helps intermediate students develop their vocabulary knowledge by matching words together to form compound nouns. Divide the students into pairs (A and B). Give each student a corresponding set of A or B word cards and an answer key. The answer key shows the correct compound nouns for their partner's cards. The students shuffle each set of word cards (bold and plain text) and spread them out face down on the table in front of them in two sets. Students then take it in turns to turn over one card from each set. If the two words match to make a compound noun, the student scores a point. Their partner checks the compound noun is correct by looking at their answer sheet. The student can then score an extra point by making a sentence with the compound noun. The student then keeps the cards. If the student is able to make a suitable sentence, they have another turn. If not, play passes to the other student. If the cards don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. It's then the other students turn to play. The game continues until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins. When the students have finished, review the meaning of each compound noun with the class.
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What's the compound noun?

ESL Compound Nouns Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 50 minutes

In this captivating compound nouns game, students define compound nouns without using certain words and guess compound nouns from another team's descriptions. Divide the students into even teams of two or three. Give half the teams a set of Team A cards and the other half a set of Team B cards. The teams look at their cards and think about how they are going to define each compound noun without using the words on the cards or variations of the words. When the teams are ready with their descriptions, they pair up with an opposing team (Team A and B). Teams shuffle their cards and place them face down in a pile on the desk in front of them. Teams then take it in turns to pick up a card from their pile and define the compound noun to the other team, starting with the compound elements, e.g. noun+noun (bedroom), noun+verb (rainfall), etc. The opposing team has one minute to listen to the description and guess the compound noun. If the opposing team manages to guess the compound noun before the time limit has been reached, they win and keep the card. The card is then set to one side. If not, the defining team wins and keeps the card. If a team accidently uses a word from the card or variation of the word in their description, the other team wins the card. The game continues until all the cards have been used. The team with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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