Once children have learned to manipulate the individual words in compound words we can move to even smaller parts words, syllables. This free syllable sort activity will help kids learn to hear and isolate the parts in a word. As they begin to segment words, they are on their way to developing phonological awareness, an important building block to learning to read.
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If you’re looking for additional practice with syllables, this syllable sort activity will make great small group or center activity options for pre-k and kindergarten. In this phonological awareness activity, your kids will practice identifying how many syllables are in a word and then sort the words by the number of syllables they hear.
To get started with this activity, cut out the cards. If you want to use them repeatedly, I recommend laminating them so they last longer.
When introducing this activity, you can do so as a large group or break your kids into small groups as part of skill practice or in your literacy centers for additional independent practice.
Important tip: Remember to introduce the vocabulary before expecting students to do the task independently so they are sure to know the words reflected in the pictures.
Here are some examples:
- 1 Syllable: bat, drum, fan, bed
- 2 Syllables: money, taco, cookie, balloon
- 3 Syllables: vegetable, ambulance, microscope, tomato
- 4 Syllables: calculator, convertible, rhinoceros, unicycle
- 5 Syllables: electricity, auditorium
After the students have completed the word sort the response sheet can be used as a quick check for understanding.
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