Lesson Plan

Syllabication: Open and Closed Syllables

Students will practice separating words into syllables and determining if those syllables are open or closed. Through the use of word sorts, whiteboard assessments, and more, your students will have fun while learning this skill!
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to separate multisyllabic words into syllables and determine if those syllables are open or closed.


(5 minutes)
Open and Closed Syllable Sort
  • Tell students that there are six types of syllables, but today we will be focusing on open and closed syllables.
  • Explain that in order to determine if a syllable is open or closed, you need to look at the vowel.
  • Tell students that an open syllable occurs when a vowel is at the end of the syllable, which results in the long vowel sound as in “o/pen.” A closed syllable occurs when a syllable ends with a consonant, which results in a short vowel sound as in sit.
  • Summarize for students that in a closed syllable, the vowel is followed by a consonant and it is “closed in.” In an open syllable, nothing comes after the vowel. It is open since there is nothing closing it in.