I’m excited to bring you this cute product. This is a great hands-on activity for the phonemic awareness skill of identifying syllables in words.
Segmenting (separating) is a skill that is a precursor to blending (combining) sounds to form words. Research shows that teaching segmenting and blending should begin at the sentence level, move to the syllable level and finally to individual phonemes. Much practice at each level is recommended before students are really ready to blend sounds into words.
This activity is one that is at the word segmenting level. Many young children need a lot of practice identifying syllables in words. Too often they stretch words until they are saying and counting two syllables for every one syllable. Practice will help students refine this skill.
Here, students are asked to look at a picture, say the picture word, clap the number of syllables heard and then place one cube or block on their syllable work board for each syllable they hear. They then turn the card over to check their answer and fill in their worksheet. On the worksheet, students draw a picture of their object (or write the object’s name) and then color in the number of syllables below the picture.