Often students in intervention are not particularly strategic readers. They may be able to scan words from left to right, but they're not always looking for large recognizable parts of words. Because compound words are made up of two distinct word parts, they are absolutely perfect to practice the chunking reading strategy.
Training the eye to look for meaningful chunks is a very powerful reading strategy. And for struggling readers, being able to read larger, compound words is a very real reading confidence booster. Once students are able to segregate the meaningful word parts of compounds, it becomes that much easier to do it with words containing prefixes and suffixes, which have less meaning attached.
Here is a short YouTube video (1:22 minutes) presented by teacher Dena Oneal. She not only explains the chunking strategy, but she uses a compound word to demonstrate! Nice job explaining, Dena!
This is a nice title for introducing the concept of compound words. Of course, I also like that it's written in rhyming verse.
This is a real story with a beginning, middle and end incorporating compound words. Clever!
Kids come to school wearing compounds! This great idea comes from Spelling City.