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Word Theatre: Compound Words


Standard Resource

Years: 4 to 6

7 Pages

Product Code: TEAC1235

Resource Type: Games

About this teaching resource

Words are so much more fun when they are alive! If you’re interested in getting your students past written dictionary definitions to explore the meaning of words then Word Theatre might just bring words alive for you and your students!

Word Theatre helps students to develop and consolidate word meanings by acting out new or familiar vocabulary.

  • Pairs of students act, without speaking, to demonstrate the meaning of a word
  • Audience watches to work out the word

Included in each set:

  • 3+ lists of words within a category, to get you started. Once you’re going, students will be creating their own lists.

Word Theatre Sets:

  • Homophones and Homographs
  • Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs
  • Compound Words

Check out our Word Theatre Info Sheet for how to get started and all the details on how to play!

Australian curriculum alignment

Year 4  

ACELA1498: Incorporate new vocabulary from a range of sources into students’ own texts including vocabulary encountered in research.

Year 5  

ACELA1512: Understand the use of vocabulary to express greater precision of meaning, and know that words can have different meanings in different contexts.

Year 6  

ACELA1525: Investigate how vocabulary choices, including evaluative language can express shades of meaning, feeling and opinion.


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