As usual, 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 spread out the home cards for the mouse, raccoon and octopus onto a flat surface. They then look at a picture of a food, say the picture word, clap the number of syllables heard and then “feed” the food to the proper animal. The mouse is hungry and can only eat one syllable foods. The raccoon can only eat two syllable foods and the octopus can only eat three syllable foods. This game is self-checking with the name of the food and the number of syllables in the word written on the back. Don’t you hate looking at a picture and not knowing what the heck the picture represents? This is another reason I always label the pictures.
Included in this product is an optional worksheet that helps with student accountability while at the same time maintaining student choice. This is a nice way to keep student engagement high.
I hope your kiddos enjoy “feeding” the animals as they practice the skill of syllabication. Look for my other syllabication and phonemic awareness hands-on activities!