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Compound Words Four in a Row Game

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    Updated:  04 May 2024

Practice identifying and reading compound words with a printable Four-in-a-Row game for small-group reading instruction.

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    Grades:  2 - 3

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teaching resource

Compound Words Four in a Row Game

  • Updated

    Updated:  04 May 2024

Practice identifying and reading compound words with a printable Four-in-a-Row game for small-group reading instruction.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Grades

    Grades:  2 - 3

Practice identifying and reading compound words with a printable Four-in-a-Row game for small-group reading instruction.

Read & Review Compound Words in Small-Groups

Let’s hear it for small-group Reading instruction! If you’ve been in the primary classroom for any number of years, you know there’s nothing quite as effective at building fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary as small-group instruction. Why is small group instruction so great for growing readers? Here are a few reasons why we love it!

  • In small groups, you can provide more personalized attention to each student. You can modify instruction to individual learning styles, needs, and abilities.
  • Students tend to be more engaged in small group settings because they feel more comfortable participating and sharing their ideas, improving retention and literacy skills.
  • Collaborative learning is easier in small groups, where students can work together to solve problems, discuss reading materials, and share insights.

Let’s Play a Small-Group Compound Word Game

This printable resource pack includes all you need to improve your students’ vocabulary and compound word recognition. Your download includes the following

  • 8 Printable Compound Word Connect 4 Game Boards
  • 24 Compound word picture calling cards
  • Printable Directions

To use, print the game board and cards on thick cardstock for durability. Provide each student with a set of manipulatives (counters, mini erasers, cubes, bears, etc.) to cover the matching words.

Student Instructions:

  1. Choose a card and identify the picture.
  2.  Find the matching compound word on the game board and cover it.
  3. Connect four squares in a row to win!
  4. When the cards run out, mix them up and start again!

Easily Download & Print Your Compound Word Word Game

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource.

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete.


This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and Teach Starter Collaborator.


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