September 26, 2017
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By Jasmine Gibson

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Play the Name Game!

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Students will be able to recognise and count the number of syllables in words.

(10 minutes)
  • Intro this lesson by reading aloud the book ChrysanthemumBy Kevin Henkes. Discuss how long the main character's name is and compare to the length of names in your class.
(5 minutes)
  • Explain that words can be broken into chunks of letters called Syllables. Knowing how many chunks or syllables are in a word will help us to sound out the word and become better readers.
  • Write "Chrysanthemum" on a sentence strip and demonstrate breaking apart into syllables by dividing chrysanthemum into syllables: Chry-San-The-Mum, clap while saying each syllable to help students understand how to break apart.
  • Write your name (or class pet name) on another sentence strip, repeat above activity.
(10 minutes)
  • Have all students write their names on sentence strips.
  • Place the strips on the board and demonstrate breaking apart into syllables.
  • Invite students to break apart with you by reading aloud each name and having them clap along, recording number of syllables in each name on the board.
(15 minutes)
  • Pass out the Count the Syllables: Animal worksheet and have students complete independently.

Support:

  • Go over the worksheet with students in a small group or one on one and pronounce each word aloud while the students practise counting out the syllables.

Enrichment:

  • Pass out a variety of objects from your classroom and have students say each object name aloud, and then sort them by how many syllables they have.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect and check student work to see if students were able to accurately recognise and count the syllables in each word.
(5 minutes)
  • Remind students that by breaking apart words into their syllables and then blending the word back together, they will become better readers.
  • Practise breaking apart and blending a few more words before finishing up lesson.

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