Teaching Syllables should be taught in kindergarten. Learning to count syllables is an important pre-reading skill. All words have syllables. These are the parts that a word can be broken into. They are the smaller sounds that make up words. Syllables must contain a vowel.
When children are able to identify the syllables in a word, spelling and reading will become easier. They will be able to break words apart which allows them to hear the individual sounds in the word more easily.
Syllable counting can help with pronunciation. Breaking a word into its parts will allow children to hear and say words more clearly.
How to Teach Syllables
The Syllable Clap
One of the easiest ways to teach syllables is to clap. Children clap to the rhythm of the word. Yellow has two syllables so children would say yel (clap) low (clap). Notice there is a vowel in each syllable. Blue only has one syllable so it would be one clap. Wat-er-mel-on is four syllables so four claps.
You could practice this by clapping the syllables in children’s names or pointing to objects in the room and having children say the name of the object and then clap the syllables.
This activity will get your students up and moving. Label each corner of the room 1,2,3,4. Say a word and students will move to the corner for that number of syllables. If the word was octopus they would move to the corner displaying the number 3.
If children are having a hard time clapping the beats in a word then they can put their hand under their chin and say the word. Every time their mouth opens they are saying a vowel and therefore a syllable. They will count the number of times their chin pushed their hand down to count the number of syllables.
jump, hop, stomp
Another fun way to practice counting syllables is to jump, hop or stomp when they say or hear each syllable. This is a perfect way to get up and have a brain break but continue learning at the same time. Counting syllables is a skill that should be practiced often and can be incorporated into other activities.
Walking and Talking like a robot
Talking like a robot requires students to break words into syllables. You can say a word and students can count the syllables by talking and walking like a robot.
Teaching Syllables with Free Printables and Activities
Syllable Clip cards
There are 16 clip cards in this set. There are 1,2,3 and 4 syllable words included. Students will look at the picture, count the syllables and then use a clothespin or paperclip to clip the correct number of syllables. You can make this activity self-correcting by placing a sticker or dot on the back indicating the correct answer. You can remove some of the cards to make the activity shorter or easier.
Odd one out
Students will look at the 4 pictures and count the syllables for each picture. Students will clip the picture that is the odd one out. Once again, cards can be removed to make the activity shorter or easier. A dot or sticker on the back will make the cards self-correcting.
This is such and cute and fun activity. Lay the numbered cones out. Students will look at the picture on each ice-cream scoop and count the syllables. If it is one syllable then the scoop goes on the one syllable cone.
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