Syllable Sorts - Sorting Single and Multisyllabic Words - Science of Reading

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Jennifer Findley
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Do you need more ways to help your students learn and practice identifying the syllable types? Do you want that way to be a bit more engaging than regular worksheets AND to be hands-on? These 22 syllable type sorts are just what you need!

Why Teach Syllable Types

We want to move our readers to more fluent, automatic decoders. In order to do that, we need to move students from decoding letter by letter to decoding by word parts that they recognize.

One way to do this is by teaching the students syllable types. When students are taught syllable types and given plenty of opportunity to practice, they will begin to recognize those syllable types in unknown words. When they recognize those word parts, they're able to decode the words more efficiently using those syllable patterns that they see.

About the Syllable Types Sorts

This resource includes hands-on sorts to use for continued syllable type practice after you have introduced, modeled, and explicitly taught the syllable types.

The sorts are split up in a systematic way so you can use them as you are teaching the syllable types. The sorts “build on” one another as each syllable type is taught.

For maximum effectiveness, I recommend this sequence:

  1. Closed Syllables
  2. Open Syllables
  3. Silent E (VCe) Syllables
  4. Vowel Team Syllables
  5. R-Controlled (V+r) Syllables
  6. C + le Syllables

The sorts are sequenced in this way:

  • Closed and Open Syllables
  • Closed, Open, and Silent E Syllables
  • Closed, Open, Silent E, and Vowel Team Syllables
  • Closed, Open, Silent E, Vowel Team, and R-Controlled Syllables
  • All Six Types

Each “set” of sorts includes:

  • 1-syllable words
  • Nonsense words/syllables
  • 2-syllable words – Students sort by underlined syllable.
  • 3-syllable words – Students sort by underlined syllable.

Using the Hands-On Syllable Types Sorts

These can be used in small group, whole group, or even as independent practice.

To support students who may need extra help, sort the words together in a small group by reading each word together.

About the Digital Syllable Types Sorts

The digital version includes exactly the same content, but has been redesigned to work in Google Slides. Each sort is on its own slide with moveable cards to sort the words into the different syllable types. More information and digital access links can be found on pages 4-5 of the PDF.

The digital syllable sorts can be used during digital centers or projected via an interactive whiteboard for a whole class mini-lesson or warmup.

Answer keys are NOT included in the digital version, so use the printable answer keys to check your students’ work.

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