Simplifying Syllables


Simplifying Syllables

Posted on October 19, 2012

Simplifying Syllables

To help our youngest learners understand syllables, something as simple as a foldable could make syllables more visible and tangible.

Syllable Foldable

To make a syllable foldable, cut 8.5 x 11 paper lengthwise in thirds to form three long rectangular strips. Create accordion folds for each syllable section needed. Determine the number of syllables based on student readiness and word length. Create 2-, 3- and 4-fold strips and place a large dot on the creases of each fold to show the syllable break.

Then model how to read a word on the strip. Demonstrate decoding the first syllable and then open the fold to reveal the second syllable. Continue decoding and opening folds until the entire word is unfolded.

After modeling, let students practice in a small-group setting before turning it into a literacy station activity. (Older and high-ability students can write their spelling words, word-wall words, or academic/core vocabulary terms onto pre-folded strips.)