Scooping a word is the same as dividing the word into syllables. It is so important for students to know the difference between the number of sounds a word has and the number of syllables a word has. There are more sounds than syllables in a words. A syllable is a unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or a part of a word. Spoken words are made up of units of sound called phonemes which is represented by a letter(s) of the alphabet known as a grapheme.
Syllables can be divided by saying them orally or by using a pencil and paper. If we orally divide a word into syllables, we usually clap the word out. For example, if we orally divided the syllables of dislike, we would clap out ‘dis’ and ‘like,’ and that would be two syllables. If we divided the syllables on paper, we would place a slash between the ‘s’ and ‘l’ in the word ‘dis/like.’
So rather that placing a slash, there is another way to show the number of syllables in a word, and that is to scoop the syllables.
This packet contains 64 task cards that allow students to practice scooping words with one closed syllable and one vowel-consonant-e