Recognizing where syllables are in a word is so critical for helping students (of all ages) decode and increase fluency. Being able to find each vowel sound, which in turn determines each syllable, is incredibly helpful. It leads to a student understanding how to break a word into smaller chunks. I believe it’s so important that we give our students plenty of practice with syllables. They need practice identifying, counting, and naming syllables in words!
Today, I have three different ways that you can practice counting and finding syllables in multi-syllabic words with your students!
Draw Cards & Count!
Solve a Riddle
Notice in Context
I love taking a skill that students learn in isolation, and bringing into the context of a story! Once students are more fluent with finding the number of syllables in words on their own, they can move to noticing them within a story, side-by-side. Decoding skills are really tested when students are faced with three and four-syllable words in the same sentence!
If you’re wanting to incorporate more syllable practice into your classroom, but you’re short on time, you can purchase my “Fishing for Words” activity pack! Four different activities are included in the pack, including different word cards and graphic organizers. This makes it easy for you to print and use right away!
Also, check out this and this blog post for more word work ideas!