There’s no way we can teach every word in the English language! That’s why we teach phonics—so that kids can decode words they haven’t encountered before, expanding their reading vocabulary. Multisyllabic words can be super tricky for our students. We have those who look at the first letter and guess at the rest, and others who see a “long word” and assume that it’s a “hard word”.
How My Class “Plays”
This Power Point presentation includes 35 words with syllable –ture. With the presentation in slide show mode, click to move to the next slide and syllables appear one at a time, allowing kids to decode one chunk at a time. Students read each syllable, and then blend them into the whole word.
I introduce this activity whole class, but it would also be a valuable tool when working with small groups or individual students. It could be used for intervention or enrichment depending on the grade level of your students.
When we review, my kids love to make it competitive. We divide into two teams, with each taking turns reading a word. (If you’ve already played as part of a lesson, most kids will have little to no trouble reading them.) There’s 100% engagement—everyone wants to read the word their team, or the other one, is responsible for.