C is for Car Park

Parking Lot
On a sunny day, the car park by the beach fills early in the day.

C is for compound words

Compound words are a way of stringing two or more words together to create another word with a more exact meaning.

Sometimes compound words are just put together.


Sometimes they are kept apart.

conga line, coral reef

Sometimes they are hyphenated.


A whole compound word means something different to the individual words or parts.


  1. Take a new passage or text from a newspaper, magazine, or book. Or, make a list of car parts.
  2. Identify as many compound words as you can.
  3. What do the words mean? Use each one in a sentence.
  4. Break the compound words apart. How does that change their meaning?