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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Compound Words for Kids
|After school you join the pep squad. What are you?
Ole, for example, or glee + guide or boss = a member of the pep squad||Everyday Compound Words
Cheerleader. Ole, for example, or glee = cheer
Guide or boss = leader
A member of the pep squad = cheerleader
Cheerleading traces its roots back to Princeton University in the 1880s. But the first documented cheerleader was at the University of Minnesota in 1898. Interestingly, his name was Johnny Campbell and he was a male, not the more traditional female of today.
|After school you practice with the football team. You are the play caller on the team. What is your position?
One-fourth + opposite of front = the play caller on an American football team||Everyday Compound Words
Quarterback. One-fourth = quarter
Opposite of front = back
The play caller on a football team = quarterback
The quarterback is the one to whom the ball is hiked and who starts the play. He can either run with the ball, hand the ball off to a running back, or pass the ball to a receiver.
|After school you play chess as part of the chess club. How do you win a game of chess?
Examine your homework + friend, especially in Australia = the winning move in chess||Everyday Compound Words
Checkmate. Examine your homework = check
Friend, especially in Australia = mate
The winning move in chess = checkmate
Although a chess game can end in a stalemate it is not considered the winning move and stalemate does not go with the other clues. Stale is not how you examine your homework. Checkmate occurs when the other player's king is threatened with capture and cannot move to a safe square. If the king is just threatened but can still move to a safe square it is called check.
|At recess you go to the playground and you see another insect that jumps about. Which insect is this?
Bermuda or rye + a bunny or rabbit = a jumping insect||Everyday Compound Words
Grasshopper. Bermuda or rye = grass
A bunny or rabbit = hopper
a jumping insect = grasshopper
Grasshoppers are also called locusts when their population becomes very large and they swarm. They are different from crickets in several distinct ways although they are similar in appearance.
|The teacher uses this surface to write on with chalk at the front of the class. Which surface is it?
Opposite of white + a piece of lumber = a writing surface||Everyday Compound Words
Blackboard. Opposite of white = black
A piece of lumber = board
a writing surface = blackboard
Blackboards are usually made of dark slate so that the white chalk will stand out against the surface. Others are green in color. Many classrooms now have boards where the teacher uses erasable marker instead of chalk.
|When you arrive at school you go here to learn. Where do you go?
Where you live + chamber or cubicle = a place where you learn||Everyday Compound Words
Homeroom. This one was a little trickier because two answers could possibly be a place where you learn but only one fits the other clues.
Where you live = home
Chamber or cubicle = room
a place where you learn = homeroom
Although schoolroom could work 'school' does not fit with the clue 'where you live'. Homeroom is usually the first class of the day if you have different classes. Another synonym for homeroom is the compound word classroom.
|On the way to school you see a colorful fluttering insect. What did you just see?
Margarine + to soar = a colorful fluttering insect||Everyday Compound Words
Butterfly. Margarine = butter
To soar = fly
A colorful fluttering insect = butterfly
There are between 15,000 and 20,000 species of butterflies worldwide. A more common one is the monarch butterfly and one of the most beautiful is the Brazilian Blue or Morpho butterfly.
|After you eat you need to brush your teeth. What do you call the cleaning substance that goes on your brush?
Molar + cement or fasten = a cleaning substance for your brush||Everyday Compound Words
Toothpaste. Molar = tooth
Cement or fasten = paste
A cleaning substance for your brush = toothpaste
Good dental hygiene is important to maintain your overall health. Brushing after meals is crucial step in accomplishing this.
|After you get dressed you go down to eat the first meal of the day. What is the first meal of the day?
To smash or fracture into pieces + quick = the first meal of the day||Everyday Compound Words
Breakfast. To smash or fracture into pieces = break
Quick = fast
The first meal of the day = breakfast
It is important to eat a good breakfast so that you will start the day out right. One breakfast food that is also a compound word is pancake.
|In the morning when you wake up you have to put this over your mattress. What is the name for this covering?
The place where you sleep + put peanut butter on bread = a covering for your mattress||Everyday Compound Words
Bedspread. The place where you sleep = bed
Put peanut butter on bread = spread
A covering for your mattress = bedspread
Many times quilts are used as bedspreads. Making your bed is important for keeping your room clean and tidy.