Sounding with Syllables
Students will be able to use knowledge of syllabication rules to divide and read multisyllabic words that contain vowel digraphs.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Ask students to share what strategies they can use to read words.
- Tell the students that sometimes knowing certain spelling patterns can help us divide and read words that have multiple syllables (if necessary, remind students that syllables are the units in a word).
- Tell the students that they will be learning how to read multisyllabic words with the vowel patterns of ea, ee, ai, oa, and ow.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- Using selected words (e.g. entertain, appearance, committee, approach, widower), show the students how to locate the digraphs (ea, ee, ai, oa, ow) and to subdivide the words to read accurately.
- Use the sentence strips and pipe cleaners to demonstrate this process of dividing words into syllables and reading the words.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Divide students up into small groups of three or four students.
- Distribute guided practice words and popsicle sticks to each group.
- Invite the students to work on dividing the words into syllables as a group, using the pipe cleaners or popsicle sticks.
- Circulate around the room, assisting students as needed, and ask them to read the words using their knowledge of the syllables.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Ask students to complete the Syllable Break-up worksheet.
- Challenge students to brainstorm multisyllabic words with similar patterns, break the words into syllables, and create a web of words.
- Provide partially divided words for students who need additional support.
- Create sentence strip puzzles with pre-cut syllables.
- Have students record themselves reading multisyllabic words using Voice Thread or another recording program. Use their recordings to help them with their pronunciation and to develop fluency.
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Ask students to complete the worksheet Syllabication Evaluation.
- Rotate around the room and listen to students as they read the words aloud.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Using a combination of words from the lesson, name a word and ask the students to explain how the word can be broken apart.