Back when I was teaching 1st grade one of my favorite lessons was our compound word lesson. I found the most amazing book to teach on this and I’ve been waiting for my kids to be old enough I could share the book with them and they would get the humor. So when Batman reached the compound words lesson in All About Reading Level 1, I knew what I had to do.
Once There Was A Bull…(frog) is just about the cutest book you can find. As you go through the book a frog has lost its hop and is trying to find it. He sees a bull….. frog.
After reading the book I challenged the kids to fold a scrap of paper in half, and to cut the front flap in half.
They they had to think of a compound word either from the story or that they knew.
They drew each of the words for its meaning by itself (I can’t find the kids’ ones they disappeared into the nether that is their rooms). Superman misheard/read bullfrog, and wrote bullyfrog. I just wanted to “love him, and hug him, and call him George.” (Sorry kids are watching Looney Tunes in the background).
Inside we drew what the word was like put together as a compound word. The kids thought it was beyond awesome. Superman’s bullyfrog on the inside was a picture of a bullfrog beating up another frog. Seriously how adorable is that?