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”. This activity allows students to practice decoding and blending of words.
How My Class “Plays”
This Power Point presentation includes more than 50 words with an open syllable . Click once and the syllables will 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 useful when working with a small group, or an individual student.
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 or no trouble reading them.) There’s 100% engagement—everyone wants to read the word their team, or the other one, is responsible for.