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Breaking up words into syllables or chunks is a really important part of the reading process. Syllabication helps children learn to read and spell difficult words. If your child gets stuck on a difficult word, they can use the syllabication rules to figure it out. On today’s post I am going to share with you a really fun syllable activity using VC/CVCe words that you can use with your students.

Getting Started with this Syllable Activity:

For this Syllable Activity you will only need 3 things:

  1. A Whiteboard of any size
  2. A Black Marker
  3. Index Cards or Slips of Paper cut into 3”X 5”

How to Make It:


Write each syllable from the below chart on an index card or a slip of paper. You will need 30 index cards.  


in-vite con-fuse com-pile en-tire ad-mire
ig-nite di-vide rep-tile stam-pede cos-tume
mis-take vam-pire um-pire dis-like tad-pole


How to Play It:

      1. Display the syllables that make up the words in jumbled order. Spread them all over a large surface, floor, or desktop. 
      2. Have your student arrange the syllables to form words. 
      3. Have your student keep a list of all the words that they form on the whiteboard.  

      This syllable activity can also be used as a literacy center in the classroom for group work.



      If your child isn’t really 100% sure of all the short and long vowel sounds, then they might not be too successful with this activity. To be able to learn syllables, your child must first be very fluent reading short vowel cvc words and long vowel cvce words (cub, cube). If your child doesn’t have this skill yet, you will need to back up and fill in the missing gaps before you teach syllable division.

      I Have a Resource for You!

      Thank you for reading my post today. You might also enjoy reading some or my previous posts on this topic:

      My Favorite Multisyllabic Word Activities

      Multisyllabic Words – How to Teach Them


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      Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at info@pridereadingprogram.com or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com
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