It is important for students to be able to master the skill of counting syllables in words. There are so many ways to teach this skill. One fun way our students learned how to count syllables in a word is with the fly swatter mat. In my classroom, I made a larger version of the mat to use with students in a center or for modeling.
Students are given a mat and a mini fly swatter. The teacher gives students a word to divide in syllables. First, students clap the syllables in the word. The teacher uses her fingers to count as students clap. Then, students use their mini swatter to swat along with each syllable in the word. For example, in the word cupcake, students would say “cup” and swat one fly. Then they would say “cake” and swat another fly. The teacher then asks, “How many syllables are in the word cupcake?” Finally, students use the counting syllables sheet to record their answer. On the sheet, students draw a picture of the word and circle the amount of syllables in that particular word. It is a good idea to put the sheet in a sheet protector and have students write with a dry erase marker. This saves paper and gives students more opportunities to practice. For further practice, I have also used dry erase boards to have students spell the word and circle the syllables in the word.
This packet includes:
One fly swatter mat in Spanish
One fly swatter mat in English
One Counting Syllables sheet in Spanish
One Counting Syllables sheet in English
One fly swatter template - this template can be cut out, laminated, and taped onto a tongue depressor or popsicle stick. Alternately, affordable fly swatters are available for purchase from most dollar stores.