Phonemic Awareness: Syllable Counting is a fun anytime of the year resource for practicing syllable counting. This download includes 4 sets of syllable mats, one for each season, so you can change it out to freshen up a center or an activity. There are two syllable mats per page, so you can choose to print on cardstock and cut them apart or print on regular paper and attach one page to each side of the inside of a file folder. There are 25 picture circles per syllable count. I highly recommend printing on cardstock and laminating if possible. If you want to divide them up equally between the seasons that would be 5 picture circles per mat, per season.
I personally, do not divide them up seasonally, because how many choices I make available is how I differentiate learning. I run off a couple of sets of picture circles so I can have different packets for different groups. I keep the same picture mats in centers, but each group knows which picture packet (colored envelope) to use when it’s their turn. Be sure your students know what the pictures are before playing, especially the 3 and 4 syllable words. (For example: TELEVISION not TV, BICYCLE not BIKE, RHINOCEROS not RHINO, and TRICERATOPS not DINOSAUR)
To Play: Turn picture circles face up and place each circle on the mat with the matching number of syllables. There are picture icons (acorns, snowflakes, flowers, and pineapples) that students can touch while segmenting the word in order to help count the syllables. If you want to make it “self-checking” you can write the number on the back of the coin. I have students take a picture of their finished center work with a class iPad. Another option would be to have them draw a picture of one or two things from each group after they have finished sorting.