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, he or she can use the syllabication rules to figure it out.  On today’s post I am going to share with you a really fun syllable division activity using VC/CVCe words that you can use with your students.

Getting Started:

For this Syllable Division 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.  I like to write around 10-15 words.

Here are some words that you can use for this syllable division activity:



How to Play It:

Display the syllables that make up the words in jumbled order.  The students can arrange the syllables to form words. Then they can keep a list of all the words on their whiteboards.  This can also work really well as a Center Activity.

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 (hat, hate).  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.

If you need an Orton-Gillingham reading program…

If you need a great Orton-Gillingham reading program that is easy to use, heavily scripted out and helps you teach multisyllabic words and syllable division, then check out the PRIDE Reading Program!  

This program is used by teachers tutors and homeschool parents with great success!

Thank you so much for reading my post today!  I hope that this syllable division activity will serve you well. 🙂

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 or visit the website at

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