Teaching Syllables

28 May

I’ve posted previously with resources for teaching syllables. I don’t think I’ve ever really formally taught syllabication rules, but thought that it might help with my 7s and 9 year old as far as reading (being able to sound out new larger words). So I’m finally giving it a whirl.  We had our first lesson today, following the scholastic article’s tips (Decoding Multisyllabic Words,,)   on introducing the concept of syllables as well as to introduce the most common type of syllable (if I remember correctly), the closed syllable.

That lesson went really well. I wasn’t prepared as I didn’t have a list of words handy, so I just made up 2 syllable words from the top of my head. But as the lesson went over well anyway, and the kids were impressed at this new “cool” rule and seemed to make the connection that it would help them in reading, I decided  to dig a little deeper with resources for hopefully, insha Allah, continuing our syllable lessons.  So here’s some of what I  found:

Scholastic: Syllabication Activities
Four page PDF file with teaching ideas and word drills (I really liked this one)

Syllabication Rules
“Learn how to divide words into syllables by going through this slideshow. Includes practice words. ” (description from emints)  This one is set up like a slide show and gives a rule and asks student to try breaking up the word into syllables and then they check their work. 

BBC: Syllables Introduction 
Factsheet, game, quiz, and worksheet to learn  about syllables

For introducing the syllable concept, here are a few simple activities:

Collection of worksheets for second grade and up, on syllables, telling how many syllables are in a word, separating syllables in a word:

Lesson plan (step by step) for teaching syllables to students “who have basic decoding skills, but difficulty applying the principles to multisyllabic words.” .  Looks like another good one.

From the wonderful Enchanted Learning site, syllable to syllable matching worksheets. Student matches the beginning syllable to the correct ending syllable to make words. They are arranged in themes so that makes learning more interested. If you are not a member, you can only view the thumbnails, but you can see the images clearly enough (ok, maybe a little squinting required if you don’t have 20/20) to make your own, insha Allah.  😉

Worksheet from BBC. Nice twist for hands on learners, you cut out the words into syllables:

For third grade, a short, simple “break into syllables” worksheet where student tells the number of syllables in the word, student writes each  syllable over a car.

Practice Review on Syllabication – reviews the basic rules and provides practice (quizzes). The site is black and white so its a little hard on the eyes, but its useful.\

Well, that’s a summary of the most useful items that I found (ones that I was most likely to use) . Hope they are helpful.


Posted by on May 28, 2009 in Reading/Literature


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2 responses to “Teaching Syllables

  1. Mark Pennington

    October 5, 2009 at 5:18 am

  2. Dick Briggs

    February 21, 2010 at 6:33 am

    I have recently created a little syllabication tool for my free reading website. Go to Click on the Student Activity Center. Click on the scissors. There are many wordlists and the basic rule is do-nut (open syllable) or muf-fin (closed syllable). Sometimes the results are not the same, due the accentted syllable. But, if you click on the Owl, it takes you to an online dictionary. For the concept of accent Catch 22 issue, look at the home page and scroll down to the Syllabication section.

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