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. Multi-syllabic 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 more than 40 words with syllable consonant -le. With the presentation in slide show mode, click to move to the next slide 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 be a valuable tool for small group instruction, as well as during work with individual students.
As we practice and 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.
Common Core State Standards
Phonics and Word Recognition
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.1.3.EDecode two-syllable words following basic patterns by breaking the words into syllables.
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.3.3.CDecode multisyllable words.