Recognizing Syllables

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Counting Syllables
Counting Syllables
Game
Counting Syllables
Practice counting your syllables with this quick quiz. Listen to the word, and clap it out!
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Game
One Syllable Word Search
One Syllable Word Search
Worksheet
One Syllable Word Search
This beginning reader's word search gets your kid to practice important vocabulary words, and he'll have a blast while he's at it!
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Workbook
Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
This Third Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4 provides five more days of learning activities designed to prepare students for their third grade debut.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Syllable Patterns: VCCV
Syllable Patterns: VCCV
Worksheet
Syllable Patterns: VCCV
How can syllables be like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Haiku Syllables
Haiku Syllables
Lesson Plan
Haiku Syllables
Have your students stretch their creativity with this lesson that teaches them about haikus and has them practice their syllable counting.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Syllable Sea
Syllable Sea
Lesson Plan
Syllable Sea
Familiarize your preschoolers with syllables by taking them under the sea with this interactive lesson about creatures of the sea.
Preschool
Math
Lesson Plan
Counting Syllables: Part I
Counting Syllables: Part I
Worksheet
Counting Syllables: Part I
Did you know clapping out the sounds makes counting syllables easier? Help introduce your child to syllables with this fun worksheet.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Healthy Adventures: Practicing Syllables
Healthy Adventures: Practicing Syllables
Lesson Plan
Healthy Adventures: Practicing Syllables
Clap along to pictures of vegetable-themed cartoons as your students learn about phonological awareness. Get ready to "chop" up words as you prepare them to be served.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Fruit Salad: Phonemes and Syllables
Fruit Salad: Phonemes and Syllables
Lesson Plan
Fruit Salad: Phonemes and Syllables
Stay active and encourage healthy eating with favorite fruits. This lesson emphasizes multiple core learning competencies including phonological awareness and greater than and less than number concepts.
Preschool
Math
Lesson Plan
Play the Name Game!
Play the Name Game!
Lesson Plan
Play the Name Game!
This fun, fast-paced lesson will get your students excited about learning each others’ names while practicing phonological awareness skills! A great beginning-of-the-school-year lesson to remind students how to segment words into syllables.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Clapping Syllables: Months
Clapping Syllables: Months
Worksheet
Clapping Syllables: Months
How many syllables are in February? Or September? Sort out the syllables with this fun clapping exercise!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Syllables Quiz
Syllables Quiz
Worksheet
Syllables Quiz
Practice clapping out the beats in each word with this syllables quiz. Say each word out loud to help you identify the syllables.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Sentence Menu
Sentence Menu
Lesson Plan
Sentence Menu
We write sentences to tell thoughts, but what happens when we add some parameters? In this lesson, students dissect the words they find in sentences then follow directions to create their own wacky sentences.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Two Syllable Words
Two Syllable Words
Worksheet
Two Syllable Words
Break down words to their very core by counting up syllables! This exercise focuses on two-syllable words that have a double consonant.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Wacky Sentences
Wacky Sentences
Worksheet
Wacky Sentences
Let's get wacky with our sentences! This worksheet challenges students to follow certain rules to create sentences while learning about different types of words, such as comparatives, possessives, and more.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Counting Syllables: Part II
Counting Syllables: Part II
Worksheet
Counting Syllables: Part II
Here is one worksheet that requires clapping! Introduce your child to counting syllables, which can be really fun if you clap them out together.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Count the Syllables: Animals
Count the Syllables: Animals
Worksheet
Count the Syllables: Animals
Help your students practice their phonological awareness skills using this fun animal-themed worksheet.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Syllables: Clap, Count, and Write
Syllables: Clap, Count, and Write
Worksheet
Syllables: Clap, Count, and Write
Children practice recognizing and counting syllables in this playful interactive worksheet.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Syllable Count
Syllable Count
Worksheet
Syllable Count
Counting syllables is an important way for kids to see how words work! Practice counting the beats in these sight words.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Animal Syllables: 3
Animal Syllables: 3
Worksheet
Animal Syllables: 3
This worksheet will help your preschooler learn about the concept of syllables and have fun while she's at it!
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Counting Syllables: Part III
Counting Syllables: Part III
Worksheet
Counting Syllables: Part III
Here's a fun syllables worksheet for beginners, where your student can come up with his own words to separate and count the syllables.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Counting Syllables: Part IV
Counting Syllables: Part IV
Worksheet
Counting Syllables: Part IV
Careful, this worksheet can get a little loud! Help your student practice clapping out his syllables, and come up with his own words to separate and count.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Animal Syllables
Animal Syllables
Worksheet
Animal Syllables
This fun worksheet will help your child learn about syllables, and he'll improve his pre-reading skills along the way!
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Syllables Worksheet: Animals
Syllables Worksheet: Animals
Worksheet
Syllables Worksheet: Animals
In this syllable worksheet about animals, your child will choose the number of dots representing the number of syllables in each animal's name.
Preschool
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Syllables in Animals
Syllables in Animals
Worksheet
Syllables in Animals
Your child can use the names of her favorite animals to get in some special syllable practice as she divides each word and counts its syllables.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Recognizing Syllables

Every syllable has at least one vowel, however their arrangements differ after that. There are six (sometimes seven) official types of syllables. Understanding how to identify syllables, and how they affect the way words and phrases are pronounced, is an important step on the path to fluency. The Education.com worksheets, activities, and lesson plans below are designed to bring students closer to understanding syllables.

Learn How To Recognize Syllables

All syllables have at least one vowel. Syllables are classified by the exact number of vowels, their location within the syllable, and the number of consonants accompanying the vowel(s).

There are six, sometimes seven types of syllables:
  • Closed syllables have only one vowel, and end in consonants. Examples of closed syllables include duck, car, mud, and dog.
  • Open syllables also have only one vowel, but the vowel is at the end of the word. Examples of open syllables include I, a, and no.
  • Silent-E syllables end in an e, have only one consonant before that, and only one vowel preceding the consonant. Examples of silent-e syllables include these, there, and hare.
  • Vowel combination syllables have groupings of two or three vowels, or a vowel-consonant pair with a sound unique to those groups. Vowel combination syllables look like: pie, tree, and see.
  • Vowel-R syllables have only one vowel followed by either an r, or r and silent e, or a have a vowel combination followed by an r. Examples of vowel-r syllables are the words or, air, and deer.
  • Consonant-L-E syllables have a consonant followed by le. Examples include the ‘gle’ in single, ‘ble’ in fable, and ‘dle’ in cradle.
  • The last, and sometimes unmentioned syllable type, is the diphthong, which is a combination of adjacent vowels. Diphthong examples include: toy, audio, and foil.
Students who use the above Education.com resources will build the important skill of recognizing syllables, instrumental in identifying components of compound words and forming contractions.