Syllabication, or the breaking down of words into each uninterrupted unit of spoken language, is often taught in such a fragmented manner in materials that students are unable to pull all components together into a viable word analysis strategy. Research indicates that readers generally use sounds to determine syllable division. If this is the case, students must already know what the strategies are intended to teach.
Students who need to use syllabication to decode words must be taught syllabication rules holistically. When they apply basic rules in steps, they begin to recognize patterns and break down unknown words. First students should be able to apply the rules to two-syllable words, as in our Syllable Sorts product.
The same syllabication rules are applied to divide longer words. Each of the 15 cards in this set contains 30 words having from 3 to 6 syllables. Once these challenging words are broken into syllables, students should be able to read them.
The rules and order of application are on the top of each card. Note how the answer keys have the rule that was used written under each division line. Consider making a transparency of one of the cards and working it with students. It will help them to see you repeatedly apply each rule as you divide the words. Also, they will see that division does not necessarily proceed from left to right. First they divide and then they read. Use the answer key to show them how the rule numbers work.
If preparing task cards, laminate printed sheets and cut off the answer keys. Students can use dry erase markers to divide the words, or they can write divided words on a sheet of paper. The pages could also be used as worksheets. Answer keys would need to be folded under or cut off.
Common Core ELA Standards: RF.3.3, RF.3.3c, RF.4.3, RF.4.3a
Contents: 15 pages (15 task cards with answer keys); 9 pages of teacher information including two-syllable and multisyllable words resource lists and student checklists