12 four Syllable Picture Words
2. Build color coded syllables and syllable puzzle pieces, &
3. Write/Spell Wipe Mats shape boxes and blank squares
This is the perfect word phonics center for first and second grade students. It gives lots of practice in blending-chunking syllables of multi-syllable words. It can be used in small groups or individually.
Easy Preparation- Run on regular copy paper or bond for durability. Laminate all but the title page. I use regular paper because it downloads easier and after laminating it is stiff enough for my small group use. I have also found that the plastic sleeves erase easier than laminating film. So this is an option if you prefer.
Cut apart each mat. Cut each colored syllable and sort by colors. (Easy differentiation: Set One- mix 6 words together. I use the rainbow colors: red is first syllable, orange is second syllable, yellow is third syllable, and green is the fourth syllable. I sort and clip like colors together and then keep all colors in one baggie for organizational and teaching purposes. Set Two- mix 6 words together following the same procedure.)
Teaching Ideas for small group- I have 6 students in my small groups. Each student will get all 3 mats that go with his word (Mat #1, #2, and #3, and a dry erase marker, and an eraser. Place all the colored syllables in the middle of the table, lined up in rainbow colored order: red, orange, yellow, green.
#1 Mat- Trace, using a dry erase marker, and segment individual phonemes within each of the syllables. Next segment each of the 4 syllables to read the word. We do each of the mats, even though every child’s is different, together at the same time. I just go around the table and listen to the segmenting, checking the writing, or spelling, etc. When everyone has had their turn, we collect the #1 mats and put them away.(Then we pass out the next mat.)
#2 Mat- Build by finding the correct syllables to spell out the word on the mat. Segment each of the phonemes to read the syllables. Students pick the first syllable and place on mat, segmenting sounds, and syllables, until the whole word is built. (Place all the colored syllables in the middle of the table, lined up in rainbow colored order: red, orange, yellow, green) When completed, collect mats and then pass out the last one. *Also build words by putting puzzle pieces together.
#3 Mat-Using a dry erase marker write the letters inside the shape boxes, as the phonemes are segmented within the syllables of the word. Hopefully the students will be successful in spelling the individual syllables to complete the whole word. * Final check- use the blank rectangles and spell all the words from memory.
Center Activity- Place the mats and the syllable cards on a table after explaining the activities. Works best in pairs .